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    Silkie Bantams Guide

    ArticlePoultry AdviceThursday 09 December 2010
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    Thinking about bantams for sale? Silkie chickens are well known for their fluffy feathers and small size. Keeping chickens like these is fun and rewarding in many ways. For more information about bantams, see the following guide on this popular breed.

     

    Types

    Silkie bantams can be bearded (small feather tuft under the chin) and non-bearded (no tuft). When browsing bantams for sale you will find a range of colours including grey, blue, white, black, buff and partridge.

     

    Features

    When keeping chickens like these, you will notice that their feathers have no barbs like other birds do. This is what makes their feathers so soft and fluffy. Silkie chickens also have black skin beneath the feathers and have 5 toes, instead of the usual 4.

     

    Background

    It is still unknown where bantams came from. However, the explorer, Marco Polo, reported seeing them in China in the 13th century. The modern bantams that we know today have developed only in the last 3 or 4 decades.

     

    Nature

    Female silkie chickens are extremely broody by nature. They spend a lot of time sitting on eggs and nurturing chicks. For this reason they are used to foster abandoned chicks and naturally incubate eggs. It is also common to find the roosters behaving in this way.

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