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Please make sure you are prepared with a carrying device to pick up your chicks, and a brooder box ready at home for your precious chicks!
(See our Chick Care Guide for pictures and more information regarding brooder boxes and general chick care!)
If you would like to reserve some chicks, please fill out our contact form! We will email you when the chicks are ready for pick-up! Check out our Facebook Page (@cedarshadefarmnj) to keep up-to-date with our latest hatching news!
Day-Old Chicks - Unsexed - $4.50
16 Week Old Pullet - $16.50
16 Week Old Cockerel - $9.00
Although our ultimate goal is to breed silkies with colors that our recognized by the American Poultry Association and American Bantam Association, as of now our silkies come in a variety of recognized and unrecognized colors. Our breeding flock currently consists of two pens. Our first pen contains a white rooster that creates paints with our black hen. In that same pen is a Partridge mix hen that creates all of our fun project colors that we are working on. In our second pen is a Partridge rooster with a partridge and gray hen. This pen usually creates gray females with partridge males although there are some exceptions. At the bottom of this page you can find pictures of our breeding pens and some of the offspring each pen creates.
Silkies were recognized as a breed by the American Poultry Association (APA) in 1874. The first recognized coloration was white. Silkies come in two types, bearded, and non-bearded. There are currently seven recognized varieties of bearded silkies, which include, white, black, blue, buff, gray, partridge, and splash. There are only six recognized colorations of non-bearded silkies. These include, white, black, blue, buff, gray, and partridge. The Partridge coloration was recognized in 1996. Silkies are true bantams, and can be found in the Feather Legged Bantams class according to the APA.
Silkies make great pets, and are generally wonderful mothers. They go broody often, and most silkies are very willing to hatch eggs and care for chicks belonging to other chickens, or ducks! The average silkie only lays about 100 brown eggs each year. Silkies are very soft as almost their entire body is covered in soft down-feathers rather than the hard feathers of other chicken breeds. Silkies have black skin, five toes, feathers on their feet, and blue earlobes! They are suspected to have been discovered by Marco Polo in the 1200s (13th century) as he wrote of a 'furry chicken' during his travels in Asia.