Silkie Bantams Guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.