Black bearded Silkie bantams were described in 1598 by renowned naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi as “wool bearing chickens” that were “clothed with hair like that of a black cat.” Also like a kitten, a black bearded Silkie bantam makes a terrific pet that loves to snuggle in your lap.
In 1975 the black Silkie was the second variety accepted to the APA Standard, 91 years after the first Silkie was standardized. These awesome bantams are all black, except for their turquoise earlobes and dark purple combs and wattles. If you raise other chicken breeds that don’t brood, Silkie hens are consistently eager to hatch and raise chicks of any breed.
You don’t have to choose just one of the five Cackle Hatchery® Silkie varieties. See our Mixed Silkie Bantam Special.<https://www.cacklehatchery.com/silkie-bantam-special.html> For more details about the Silkie bantam, visit Breed Spotlight: Silkie Bantam Chickens.