Silkie chickens are a breed named for their unique, fluffy plumage and have other unusual qualities like their dark blue flesh and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot. They come in several colours, are often exhibited in poultry shows, and are well known for their calm and friendly temperament. They are among the most docile of poultry and are considered to be an ideal pet. The hens are exceptionally broody, and make excellent mothers. They lay about three eggs a week and are often used to hatch out eggs of other birds. It is unknown exactly were they came from however the most documented point of origin is ancient China. The earliest record of silkies is by Marco Polo who wrote about them in the 13th century during his travels in Asia. Silkies probably made their way to the west by the silk road and maritime trade. Silkie chickens were accepted into the Standard of Perfection in 1874. Today they are one of the most popular breeds of chickens. Silkie feathers lack barbicels which gives a similar appearance to down on other birds. Their are two distinct varieties of silkies, the bearded and non-bearded. Duckopolis breeds bearded. Silkie chickens make excellent mothers and I have used them to hatch eggs from all of my birds (ducks, chickens, geese, peafowl, guineas, and turkeys). They will lay around 100 eggs in a good year, which is mostly due to the fact the they will go broody so often.
Duckopolis has silkies available in:
Black, Blue, Buff, Partridge, Splash, & White
Silkie chickens are sold as day old chicks or juvenile/mature chickens.
Chicks are sold straight run (unsexed). The minimum order for silkie chicks being shipped is 10, this number can be made by combining any breeds of chicks or guinea keets.
Hatch dates are on Tuesdays. Chicks ordered for pickup can be picked up between the Wednesday to Saturday following the hatch. We are not able to allow pickups on the actual hatch date. You will be emailed prior to the hatch to schedule a pickup appointment. An appointment must be made to ensure we will be available to help you.
Pre-orders for hatch dates will begin on the Wednesday 3 weeks prior to the hatch. Please sign up to our email list (sign up form is at the bottom of the page) if you want to receive emails with updates on availability.
THE FIRST HATCH DATE FOR 2022 WILL BE APRIL 5TH. SUBSEQUENT HATCHES WILL BE EVERY TUESDAY.
Juvenile and mature poultry are posted for sale once they are ready to go, whether by pickup or to be shipped. After an order is received we will contact you within 1-2 business days to make arrangements for pickup or a ship date.
Juvenile and mature poultry are available on a first ordered basis. Please sign up to our email list (sign up form is at the bottom of the page) if you want to receive emails with updates on availability.