At Olsen Farm we know all chickens are special, but there is something particularly magical about the silkie breed. We were gifted a few silkie eggs to incubate when we first started raising chickens and once those tiny fluff balls hatched we fell instantly in love.

So, what makes these mini fluffy muppet-look-alike birds so special? Here are some unique traits of these sweet little birds:

Silkies are fibromelanistic, which means they have black skin, black meat and black bones (it is truly a deep purple/ grey color). They were originally bred in Asia and some believe eating their black meat will cure what ails you. While silkies are bred to be both show birds and meat birds, we have yet to eat a silkie because they are just so cute!

They have feathered feet, and their feet have five toes- rather than the usual three of standard chickens. Silkie feathers remain light and fluffy into adulthood, because of this trait they can become sick or die if they get wet during cold weather. Be sure to keep your silkies dry and warm- they LOVE baths and getting their feathers blow dried! These little fluffs do amazingly well at staying warm during cold weather if their feathers remain dry. They are a winter-hearty breed.

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Very interesting; I may get some chicks in the Springtime; can chicks be shipped?

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