Buzz 'n Billy Farm
The Silkie (also known as the Silky or Chinese silk chicken) is a breed of chicken named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk and satin. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have four. They are often exhibited in poultry shows, and appear in various colors. In addition to their distinctive physical characteristics, Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. It is among the most docile of poultry. Hens are also exceptionally broody, and care for young well. Though they are fair layers themselves, laying only about three eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species due to their broody nature.
Silkies appear in two distinct varieties: bearded and non-bearded. Bearded Silkies have an extra muff of feathers under the beak area that covers the earlobes. They also are separated according to color. Colors of Silkie recognized for competitive showing include black, blue, buff, grey, partridge, and white. Alternative hues, such as cuckoo, lavender, red, and splash also exist. The standards of perfection call for all Silkies to have a small walnut-shaped comb, dark wattles, and turquoise-blue earlobes. Silkies lay a fair number of eggs, of a cream color, but production is often interrupted due to their extreme tendency to go broody; a hen will produce 100 eggs in an ideal year. Their capacity for incubation, which has been selectively bred out of most fowl bred especially for egg production, is often exploited by poultry keepers by allowing Silkies to raise the offspring of other birds.
Silkie Hens: $30 Each
Silkie Roosters: $20 Each
Silkie Chicks (unsexed): $15 each (call for wait-list)
Frizzle Cochin Bantams
Frizzling is where the feathers of a bird begin to curl outward and upward, moving away from the body, instead of lying flat against them as they would in a typical hen. The feather shaft of the bird will start to curl and twist, giving the chicken a unique appearance. It’s caused by a dominant gene that is incomplete, with one copy enough to create the frizzling effect. However, if both parents have the Frizzle gene, you’ll have an especially frizzly bird! In many places, Frizzle chickens are classified as their own breed. These places include Slovakia, Australia, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, the UK, and Italy. However, in the United States, Frizzle is not the name of a breed but instead just a type of plumage. As a result, Frizzle chickens cannot be exhibited in the United States, although you can exhibit them as specimens of certain breeds, like Polish or Cochin. Instead of being judged as a Frizzle chicken, the bird will be judged based on its conformity to the breed standard.
Frizzle Hens: $30 Each
Frizzle Roosters: $30 Each
Frizzle Chicks ( unsexed): $15 each (call for wait-list)
At first glance, you might think you have misplaced your feather duster when you gaze upon a Frizzle chicken. These birds look like bundles of wild, windswept feathers with legs. The chicken will take the shape of its breed so there is some variation here. Frizzles are accepted in many colors, including: