You asked for them and we are so happy we heard you! In 2018 we are offering black partridge silkies to our lineup.
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.
Loyal little 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. Franchesca often jokes that if the apocalypse were to happen she would grab a handful of hatching eggs and a silkie because they can hatch any chick out and raise it as their own – no electricity needed!
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.