Silkie Chicks (Straight Run)
This Breed's Max Order Quantity Is 24.
* Orders must have 3 chicks minimum for Live Arrival Guarantee.
* Ship Date: Your chicks will hatch & ship on one of the Tuesdays of your "estimated ship month".
* Select the same ship month if ordering multiple breeds.
* Shipping Cost: $39 to ship any amount of chicks.
Feather Lover Farms is happy to announce the arrival of our new hand selected Silkie flocks! A perfect addition to any backyard chicken flock as well as an absolute child favorite and perfect for first time chicken owners! Though Silkies are not recently imported into the US like most of our other chicken breeds, Silkies are one of the coolest chickens on the planet and a favorite among children. Feather Lover Farms has created a few unrelated breeding flocks and we are excited to send our beautful Silkie chicks to you.
Silkies are super soft and super friendly chickens. They originate in China and are the most popular and most desired chicken breed of all ornamental chicken breeds and its easy to tell why. They are commonly misspelled as Silky chickens. Their exotic hair-like fluffy feathers make them hard to live without. Silkies are also one of very few breeds with black or grey skin. They also usually have an extra toe on back toe area. Another cool note about silkies is the roosters usually rarely crow or never crow at all! In fact, at Feather Lover Farms, we have never noticed our Silkie roosters crow. Oddly, Silkie roosters are much less likely to crow when there are other roosters present.
Silkies lay about 100 to 130 small eggs a year and their eggs are either white, cream or sometimes a light tan color. They are also prone to becoming broody on their eggs so collecting their eggs often will make it less likely for them to go broody on a nest full of eggs if you don't want them to hatch their eggs. If your silkie hen goes broody and attempts to hatch her own eggs, they make excellent chicken mothers. We currently mainly have Blue, black, splash and white colored silkies in our unrelated breeding flocks but the colors you may receive could be blue, black, splash, white, buff, partridge or lavender. We can not take special orders of a certain color Silkie yet so for now you will receive an assortment of silkie chick colors. Many of our breeders are from show quality breeding stock but we can't guarantee all chicks you will receive will be show quality. Some chicks will be pet quality. Most of our flocks are bearded but there's a small chance you can receive chicks that are non-bearded as well.
Silkies are among a favorite chicken breed for kids. They are so easily handled and you usually can walk right up to them without them even flinching. The fuzzy top hat on their head giving them lack of sight probably helps with them being such a tame docile chicken breed. A study was conducted on favorite chicken breeds for children with silkies and other popular chicken breeds to choose from and silkies came in at number 1. Silkie chicks are so adorable when they hatch with all that fluff, grey skin, extra toe and fuzzy notch on the top of their head. They are just the cutest little fluffy chicks you've ever seen. We are excited we were able to obtain a good amount of unrelated Silkies from quality breeders and some show winning lines and offer their baby chicks to you. If you have kids or simply enjoy rare and unique chicken breeds, our Silkies belong in your coop!
Size: Small (2-3 lbs)
Rarity: Unique But Not Rare
Purpose: Black Skin
Egg Color: Cream or Tinted
Egg Size: Small
Unique Feature: Fluffy Feathers, Crested, Bearde & 5 Toes
Cold Hardiness: Good Winter Tolerance
Heat Tolerance: Great Heat tolerance
Setter/Broody: Yes, Often
Personality: Very human friendly, Sweet, Tame & Mothering
Quick Chick FAQs:
Straight Run Chicks: Straight Run Chicks are un-sexed, randomly selected and each chick has a 50/50 chance of being a male or female.
Shipping: You will receive an automatic email and text message when your chicks ship along with tracking info. Chicks usually arrive in the morning 1-2 days later and your local Post Office will call you for pickup. Chicks are never delivered to your home address, even if you used a home address for your shipping address.
What I Need: Everything you need can usually be purchased at your local feed store. Chick starter feed, waterer, brooder (cardboard box, plastic storage bin, bathtub, or even a kiddie pool are popular), pine shavings, thermometer and a heat lamp or heat source. Baby chicks require heat of about 95 degrees their first week of life. Second week you can lower the temperature to 90 degrees and so on with every week going down 5 degrees until 6-8 weeks old or when they are ready to go "outside".
How Do My Chicks Survive Shipment?: Baby chicks do not need food or water for the first 72 hours of life. Ingesting their yolk sac gives them the nutrition they need to survive the journey from Feather Lover Farm's hatching facility to you! Shipping day-old chicks helps ensure a safe arrival since they will usually be just 2 days old when you receive them. Our packaging is professional with a brand new chick shipping box, nesting material and warm long lasting heat packs depending on the time of the year. Your chicks will look like they just hatched out of a nest when you open the box and jump into your arms, thinking you are their mother hen!