Silkies, Rare Breed and New Breed Chickens and a Rabbit named Harvey

I started with Silkies and a Bunny named Harvey
so I named my website BunnyFeathers in honor of both.

Now I have many more chickens and Harvey is Resting In Peace under a large flint rock.

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Every known color plus some unknown
Each one is a surprise!

All breeding stock has full beard and profuse topknot
Chocolate, Blue, Mottled, Splash, Paint
None Available at this time

Pet Quality Silkiies

(note pink toes and white feathers on feet and wing tips)

Brown Partridge and Buff Partridge


Chocolate/Blue Hen and Chocolate/Blue/Lavender/Buff Roo 

Chocolate Splash Blue and Porcelain/Lavender Chocolate Splash


The Silkie is a breed of chicken named for its fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk.
The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin, flesh, and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have four.

In addition to their distinctive physical characteristics, Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament.
Among the most docile of poultry. Silkies are considered an ideal pet.
Hens are also exceptionally 
broody, and make good mothers.
Though they are fair layers themselves, laying about three eggs a week,
they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds.

It is unknown exactly where or when fowl with their singular combination of attributes first appeared, but the most well documented point of origin is ancient China, specifically Tibet.

 The earliest surviving written account of Silkies comes from 
Marco Polo,
who wrote of a furry chicken in the 13th century, during his travels in Asia.
In 1598, 
Ulisse Aldrovandi, a writer and naturalist at the University of BolognaItaly,
published a comprehensive 
treatise on chickens which is still read today.
In it, he spoke on "wool-bearing chickens" and ones "clothed with hair like that of a black cat".

Silkies most likely made their way to the West via the Silk Route
(a possible reason they are known as silkies) and maritime trade.
The breed was recognized officially in North America with acceptance into the 
Standard of Perfection in 1874. 
Once Silkies became more common in the West, many myths were perpetuated about them.
Early Dutch breeders told buyers they were the offspring of chickens and 
 while carnival
sideshows promoted them as having actual fur.

In the 21st century, Silkies are one of the most popular and ubiquitous ornamental breeds of chicken.
They are often kept as ornamental fowl or pet chickens by backyard keepers,
and are also commonly used to incubate and raise the offspring of other chickens and waterfowl like 
ducks and geese and game birds such as quail and pheasants.
My silkies have attempted to incubate small rocks, blocks of wood and golfballs.

My breeding stock is all bearded with profuse topknots.

Silkies lay about 100 eggs per year.

I have a pet project to create all the breeds listed on this page as both traditional and crossed with Ameraucanas to create new breeds that will lay blue eggs but retain the characteristic appearance of the original breed.
I will be sharing these offspring by Easter 2015.

Golden Phoenix (none Available at this time)
The Phoenix chicken is an alert breed with a pheasant-like appearance. They are fair layers and do go broody.
The chicks are hardy, but require extra protein when their tails are growing.
The breed is well-suited to estates where it can roam at large, thriving best when given a good deal of freedom.

The Phoenix breed was accepted into the 
American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection in 1974 with the Gold and Silver varieties. Black Breasted Red was recognised in 2003. It was first accepted in the Australian Poultry Standard in 2012, with any colour standardised in Old English Game accepted.

The Phoenix is one of many breeds of 
chicken that resulted from European selective breeding of onagadori, a long-tail fowl bred in Japan for a thousand years.

They molt every other year, unlike most chicken breeds that molt every year. The breed is famous for its wide, rigid sickle feathers two to five ft. long, with their saddle feather growing from 18 to 24 inches.

Mr. Hugo du Roi, the first president of the National German Poultry Association, created the Phoenix breed.
I will also have Crele Phoenix available this summer.

The Phoenix hen lays 100 to 150 eggs per year

Egyptian Faoumi  (Not available at this time)

The Fayoumi is a breed of chicken originating in Egypt. Fayoumis are a very old breed in their native region, and are named for the Faiyum Governorate southwest of Cairo and west of the Nile. Representations and descriptions of domestic fowl first appear during Egypt's New Kingdom. King Tutankhamen had pet Sri Lanka Junglefowl procured through the ancient cinnamon trade. Fayoumi chickens are believed to be descendants of junglefowl hybrids with domestic fowl that have adapted for life in thorn palm forests and marshes in Egypt ~ 3,000 years ago. They have been present in the West since at least the 1940s, when they were imported from Egypt by an Iowa State University Dean of Agriculture


With their upright tails and forward jutting breast and neck, they are sometimes likened to a roadrunner. They are a light-weight fowl, with roosters weighing in around 4.5 pounds and hens 3.5 pounds. They appear only in a single variety. In roosters, the plumage is silver-white on the head, neck, back and saddle, with the rest in a black and white barring. Hens have heads and necks in the silver-white hue, with the rest barred. Fayoumis have a single comb, earlobes, and wattles are red and moderately large, with a white spot in the earlobes. They have dark horn colored beaks, and slate blue skin. A Fayoumi-like chicken was brought north to Europe by the Romans, which may have been the ancestor of several breeds that have the same feather pattern.


Fayoumis are a hardy breed, and particularly well suited to hot climates. The breed, through poultry genetics research and anecdotal reports, is thought to be especially resistant to viral and bacterial infections. They are also very good foragers, and if left to their own devices on a free range basis they can fend for themselves in a nearly feral manner. Fayoumi hens are good layers of small, off-white eggs. They are not given to broodiness as pullets, but can be when they reach two or three years of age. The breed is fast to mature, with hens laying by four and half months, and cockerels crowing at five or six weeks.


Fayoumi hens lay between 150 and 200 eggs per year.

 (Not available at this time)
Sumatras are primarily an ornamental breed kept for their attractive plumage. Most often they are a lustrous black with a green sheen throughout the body and tail. The breed additionally comes in blue and white varieties. The offspring of Blue Sumatras will sometimes be a blueish colour referred to as "Splash", as well as the normal blue. Males usually weigh between 4 and 5 pounds, and females weigh between 31⁄2 and 4 pounds. Both males and females have small to nonexistent wattles, and males often have multiple spurs on each leg.[1] The breed is considered a primitive one; the Sumatra retains a strong flying ability, unlike most modern chicken breeds. The males will fight for dominance, though they usually do not fight to the death. These little hens are avoided by areal preadators because they resemble crows, which are distasteful to hawks

Sumatra hens lay about 100 white eggs a year.

Solitude Farm Americaunas
Dalmation Spotted
Snow White

 (Not available at this time)

Easter Eggers
 (1 dozen eggs in incubator)
These lay eggs from a light mint green to dark olive green egg.
I take the best layers, like, Rhode Island Reds, Australorps and  Wellsummers
and cross with Ameraucana Roosters.

Copper Marans - Chickens are selected for breeding based on egg color
 (Not available at this time)
These are not show birds, but selected for darkest egg layers
Only hens with darkest eggs are matched with Roo from the darkest eggs
Birds will be Black, Blue, Splash and Blue Splash

***Some eggs in the incubator now Text or Email for breeds and hatch dates***

Available for pick up in North West Georgia 1 hour from downtown Atlanta
All Breeding Stock is Georgia Department of Agriculture tested and NPIP Certified.
All chicks are kept indoors climate controlled and bio-secure for 4-6 weeks.

The Livestock Conservancy's mission is genetic conservation and the promotion of heritage breeds

A Portion of the Purchase of any breed on the Livestock Conservancy Poultry List will be donated to the American Livestock Conservancy. If you can't have a Rooster, but love the fanciful beauty of a Yokahama or the stout bearded Favorelle, Please donate to the Livestock Conservancy directly.

Chickens, Cattle, Bunnies and Horses are just a few of the endangered animals
in America that need to be preserved. Without our help, These Breeds may disappear forever.


Past Residents in My Barnyard

Christmas 2010
Pygmy/Angora, Pygmy/Cashmere, Pygmy/TN Feinting/Angora and Pygmy/Cashmere/Fainting

11 baby goats born the week of Christmas. 2 more in January.

We installed a wood burning heater in the barn to keep them warm, but they still like those heat lamps.
The Angora Cross Kids all came out with a good coat of wool, and it is a good thing, because we had snow at Christmas and more snow the next week.

Too Cold Outside



Smokey Born June 4, 2011
Look at those Teddy Bear curls!

Roosters, and Ducks, and Goats, Oh My!


Dot and Golden Boy

Fancy Birds

Seabrite     Priscilla

Crystal and Ebony

Coccoa and Bianca
Theadore Red Bearon
Registered Colored Angora Sire
His Grandkids carry on his Legacy of a Super Soft Curly Coat

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January 10, 2011...

$75 - naturally polled Bucks.
Naturally Polled Goats do not have horns.
If bred to females with horns,
50% of offspring will be naturally polled.

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Equis Maverick
September, 2009, Elaine Elder,  A Study of Equis - Maverick,
chalk on paper, 22x28"

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