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October 1, 2015
Since getting started with chickens in 2010 we have always had Silkies. I selected this breed because of their gentleness, small size, ease of handling, and their undying desire to mother. The breed lived up to all of its promises and more. I have to say I love Silkies. Read moreThe Attitude of a Geriatric…

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August 12, 2013
We keep a mixed flock. We have standard sized hens and bantams. Silkie Bantams to be exact, as we like to call them-our Chinese chickens. The standard girls are big and bossy. They are always the ones jockeying their position for food, treats and human attention. The little Silkies, all four of them, tend to…

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April 15, 2012
  Feathers rocking an amazing do. I have three nesting boxes.  The problem is that I have four broody Silkie Bantam hens.  They are stubborn.  As a concession two will often share a box but when one of the big girls comes into lay for the day, it is like World War III.  Every Silkie…

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August 31, 2011
I have said it time and time again, that animals are capable of emotions.  It is underestimated and under publicized but I know this to be true, without the need for any scientific evidence.  Strangely enough, my girls are my science experiment.  I watch them like a petri dish experiment, except only good has grown from keeping…

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July 17, 2011
Dolly, our year old Lavender Silkie Bantam, was purchased as pullet last Fall from a farm in Cotuit.  She turned one in May and is one of the sweetest chickens that we own.  Immediately, when she was integrated into the flock, Chocolate, our rooster, took a liking to her. They were always together.  However, prior to that, Tilly…

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May 30, 2011
Silkie Bantams are some of the most adorable little chickens you will ever lay your eyes upon.  They are thought to be the oldest breed of ornamental chickens, first discovered by Marco Polo during his travels to China in the 13th century.  Marco Polo described them as “fur covered fowl with black skin”.  They are unique for a…

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April 11, 2011
Today I ventured to the local feed store to pick-up more food for the ever growing baby chicks.  They are eating so much lately, almost a pound per day.  So, on this drizzly and foggy Cape Cod morning, I went on my way.  When I arrived, I knew that it was going to be instant…

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April 10, 2011
 Spring chicks and Feathers Silkie Bantams are a fantastic breed for individuals who enjoy birds that are docile, good with children and are cold hardy.  They enjoy being broody and make excellent mothers. Silkies have feathers unique to their breed.  They retain a plumage similar to young chicks.  Silkies are also different from most chickens as…

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April 9, 2011
We are in this together! Just another Saturday in the life of these two broody girls. Here are the facts: These two have been broody since the beginning of March. They are sitting on invisible eggs. I found these two together in the center nesting box.  They are smart that they sit in opposite directions,…

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March 13, 2011
Here is a tender moment shared between Dolly and her chick, known as Egg number 3. She is so gentle and tender with her new baby.  I was very fortunate to capture this on film. Last night, eggs number 4 and 5 hatched.  I am calling them the twins.  It was so amazing yesterday.  The pip…

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