We run a variety of birds but our silkies are our pride and joy!
We have spent years perfecting and continue to strive towards the perfect silkie! The silkie chicken endures many with their strange appearance, friendliness, and mothering skills!
The Silkie chicken is an ancient breed, probably of Chinese origin that some believe dates back as far as the Chinese Han Dynasty in 206BC.
It was first mentioned by Marco Polo (around 1290-1300) on his journey across Europe and the Far East. Although he did not see the bird, it was reported to him by a fellow traveler, and he reported it in his journal as “a furry chicken.”
They have five toes instead of the usual four found in chickens and the head should be crested, looking somewhat like a ‘pom-pom’ and because of their odd feathering the Silkie cannot fly. Underneath all that fluff, the Silkie has black skin and bones.
Experts accepted the Silkie chicken into the British Poultry Standard of Perfection in 1865 and the American Poultry Association standard in 1874. Accepted colors are blue, black, white, grey, buff, splash, and partridge. Several other colors are available, such as lavender, cuckoo, and red, but they are not yet accepted in the APA.
The Silkie chicken is the ultimate in kids’ chickens. They are cuddly, fluffy, and tolerant, love sitting in your lap, and even enjoy cuddles. Silkies are notoriously broody – the standing joke is that a Silkie can hatch a rock and honestly they will try! They do make great mothers and I have used them to raise a variety of birds.
The Gem of the Fancy
We breed show quality Netherland Dwarf Rabbits and have babies available on occasion!
The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit is among the smallest breeds of rabbit and are recognized by their tiny ears and flat faces!
These tiny buns are active pets full of personality! They are a comical breed that enjoys darting and playing and being a part of the family! Although tiny these guys can live 10-12 years and have minimal health issues, the major thing to watch is their digestive systems are more delicate so its important to keep an eye on how things are going in... and out!
Netherland Dwarfs have over 20 colors recognized by the ARBA; which makes them even more fun to have around and raise!
Want more info on our upcoming litters or owning a Netherland Dwarf? Send us a message we would be happy to chat bunnies with you!