The web browser you are using is out of date and no longer supported by this site. For the best TractorSupply.com experience, please consider updating your browser to the latest version.
Buy Online Pick Up in Store Now available - Tractor Supply Co.
Navigate to Shopping Cart
Cart Item Count
 
  • Left Arrow
    My Account
  • Left Arrow
    My Account
  • Make My Store

    Your nearest store doesn't match your preferred store. Do you want to change the nearest store as your preferred store?

    CONFIRM CLEAR INFO?

    Click "YES" to clear all the customer data, cart contents and start new shopping session.

    Your current shopping session will get automatically reset in seconds.
    If you are still active user then please click "NO"

    Changing your store affects your localized pricing. This includes the price of items you already have in your shopping cart. Are you sure you want to change your store?

    Your nearest store doesn't match your preferred store. Do you want to change the nearest store as your preferred store?


    • To Shop Online
    • To Check In-Store Availability

    click here
    We do not share this information with anyone. For details,please view our Privacy Policy
    Silkies Chickens

    Silkies: The Teddy Bears of Chickens

    When building a flock, learning about different breeds, their laying and brooding habits, and distinct characteristics and personalities is essential for choosing the right chickens for your backyard coop.

    One of the most unique and popular breeds for egg production, for use as a show chicken and to keep as a pet is the Silkie or Silkie Bantam. Silkies originated in the Far East. The birds have black skin and bones underneath loads of downy feathers that feel like silk, hence their name. Silkies are sweet and chatty, love company and are considered the “lap kitty” of chickens. If you’re looking for a chicken and a pet, then Silkies offer the best of both worlds. Consider the following before adding Silkies to your backyard flock:

    Laying Habits

    Silkies are fairly good egg producers, but not as good as other breeds. Silkie hens will lay on average three eggs per week or 100 to 120 eggs each year. Silkies begin laying between 7 ½ to 9 months of age, though some have been known to start as early as 6 months. Silkies often stop laying in the summer months of the temperature gets too high. Their eggs are typically creamy or light brown in color.

    Brooding

    Silkies are born mothers, and their favorite thing to do is raise a clutch of eggs. They are also known for raising eggs that aren’t their own, including ducklings! Because of their gentle personalities, Silkies fit in well with other non-aggressive breeds, so having a few Silkies for brooding along with higher egg producers makes for a balanced flock.

    Backyard Suitability

    Silkies are hardy for winter, and their docile nature makes them perfect hens for backyard confinement. These sweet and tame birds enjoy company and will start following their owner around, chattering contentedly, at about 6 months old.

    All Silkies are crested and have a walnut comb. They also have five toes instead of four. Silkies are bearded or non-bearded and come in black, white, buff, gray, blue, splash, and partridge. This breed does best on well drained soils without muddy areas because of their profusely feathered legs. Sources: