Bantam Silkie

Bantam Silkie

multicolored-silkies-2016-alchemist-farm-sebastopol-caYou asked for them and we are so happy we heard you! New for 2017 we are offering a mix of beautifully colored silkies for your backyard flock. We thought for sure that the brighter colored balls of fluff would be targets for hawks but we have not lost a single bird to free range predation.

Curious, quietly communicative and just plain entertaining, these are the birds that children and adults like are drawn towards most. When we have family friends out to the farm the comments are always “what on earth is that?!” followed by, “can I pet one?”. They are the epitome of pet chickens and have an amazing ability to keep themselves clean if given the chance to free range or a dust bathing box.

Moderate egg layers, you can expect 4 cream 3/4 sized eggs from them a week in spring. EXCELLENT mothers, these girls can go broody and will easily hatch out a clutch of fertile eggs and then tend to the chicks with exceptional sweetness.

Silkie chicks never have the awkward chick phase of new feather growth that pretty much every other breed experiences. These fluffy creatures are cute from day of hatch well into old age. Worried about them in the rain? No need to be! When we experienced downpour this last year the silkies were out running around in the rain more than any other breed on the farm. The outer coat of fluff got wet while it seemed the inner layers of downy goodness kept them nice and toasty.

black-silkie-roo-alchemist-farm-sebastopol-ca-2016 Our breeding program has a few different colors of silkies and for 2017 we have chosen to offer a “luck of the color draw” which will consist of a mix of partridge, buff, black and painted silkies for more color enjoyment. When purchasing hatching eggs from us you will have the possibility of hatching out any of a mixture of the above mentioned colors.

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“Luck of the color draw” hatching eggs: $5 each or $50 a dozen

“Luck of the color draw” straight run silkie chick up to two weeks of age: $15