Raising silkies.Everyone probably knows what useful and versatile chicken the Silkie Silkie
a bantam with white, curly feathers, a prominent crest of feathers, rose comb and a black skin and legs. is. A few setting Silkies can be more trust-worthy than an expensive incubator suffering a power outage Noun 1. power outage - equipment failure resulting when the supply of power fails; "the ice storm caused a power outage"
equipment failure, breakdown - a cessation of normal operation; "there was a power breakdown" , or any number of ailments incubators are prone to. My hens are a reliable back-up system. I'm sure enough has been said about how great Silkies are, but Silkies are very salable sal·a·ble also sale·a·ble
Offered or suitable for sale; marketable.
sala·bil , too.
I have had many people come to buy other breeds of chickens, or even eggs, that wind up buying pairs of my Silkies instead. I concentrate mainly on raising good, quality Silkies now, although my Blue Americanas (green & blue egg layers) and Barred Rocks sell well also.
I sell my Silkies for $15 to $30 a pair, chicks for $2 each and I usually have a waiting list for buyers. I have city and suburb folks buy hens because they do well in smaller quarters than other chickens. Some people have even dropped back by the farm to report to me on their pets. You know you are doing something right when people come back just to "talk chickens" and tell you their chickens' names.
I have many repeat customers. You get repeat buyers by treating people fairly. Whether we're selling our Romanov Sheep or a lowly little hen, honesty always pays off. Doing someone wrong over a $2 chicken can have the same long-term effects as a several hundred dollar deal in any other kind of livestock.
If someone wants good breeding politeness; genteel deportment.
See also: Breeding stock or show animals don't sell them something you wouldn't use yourself. It's okay to sell run of the mill occasionally, but lower your prices and tell them why.
I cull cull
the act of culling. Called also cast. heavily. All of my chickens aren't perfect but I strive to better the stock. That means watching out for too much inbreeding inbreeding, mating of closely related organisms. Inbreeding is chiefly used as a means of insuring the preservation of specific desired traits among the offspring of purebred animals (see breeding). and buying good, sound outside stock when needed. There's nothing worse than an ugly Silkie and I don't want anyone to think one came from my farm!
Don't sell stock predisposed pre·dis·pose
v. pre·dis·posed, pre·dis·pos·ing, pre·dis·pos·es
a. To make (someone) inclined to something in advance: to sickness, either. I don't medicate med·i·cate
1. To treat by medicine.
2. To tincture or permeate with a medicinal substance. for "colds." If a chicken can't stay healthy on its own then it doesn't go into the breeder pens.
Last year I gave some good hens to a repeat buyer because the Silkies I had sold him the previous year didn't turn out to be as good as I had hoped. The man didn't know the difference, but I did, and that's what That's What is one of the more idiosyncratic releases by solo steel-string guitar artist Leo Kottke. It is distinctive in it's jazzy nature and "talking" songs ("Buzzby" and "Husbandry"). counted.
My three-year-old son made his first Silkie sale himself, his "Ca Cas," as he calls them. Our neighbors had company and Gaven took a Silkie over to show their kids. The next day the family came back and bought a pair for someone in their church.
In regards to marketing your birds, one overlooked place to advertise Silkies is in the misc. pets section of your local Tradin' Post or newspaper rather than the livestock section. That is where we found our first Silkie hen. We had no idea what a Silkie was at the time. The lady selling them worded the ad "Adorable Silkies (kind of a chicken) etc."
A source for Silkie information is the American Silkie Bantam Club, 2221 Blue Ridge Blvd, Independence, MO 64052-1658. Membership is $5 a year.
Feel free to contact us for information or idea exchange: Black Water Farm, Diane & Tony Lutz, 2345 N. Diamond Mill Rd., Brookville, OH 45309.