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Old 06-15-2016, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default Would you pay £48 to eat BLACK chicken?

Silkie breed dubbed the ‘Lamborghini of poultry’ lands in the UK - but the hefty price tag is ruffling a few feathers
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Fitness food retailer Muscle Food has started selling the bird on its site
The rare Silkie chicken has been dubbed the 'Lamborghini of poultry'
Genetic condition fibromelanosis makes the bird's skin and organs black
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/fo...K-chicken.html


The Silkie's unusual colour is caused by a genetic condition called
fibromelanosis, caused by a mutation that affects the way pigment-
producing cells work



Muscle Food claims the birds also contain 70 per cent less fat than
'your standard British bird' - even calling it 'the best bird of the
decade'


Maybe this will catch on here in the States. Could be an opportunity for some small-scale poultry farmers.
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Old 06-15-2016, 01:16 PM   #2
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Are all silkies black skinned?
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Old 06-15-2016, 01:20 PM   #3
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Yes, if they are pure-bred.

They get crossed a lot with other breeds, but all for-real Silkies are black skinned and black boned.

£48 is a dressed and ready to cook retail price in the store. Having raised Silkies myself they would cost considerably more than pretty much any other kind of chicken going simply because they have never been raised for anything other than ornamental purposes. They are not prolific reproducers and they grow out slowly.
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My DD raised a couple from chicks for a couple of months before passing them along to a friend who has a handful. I couldn't remember if they looked black or not.

ETA: It was two blue silkies and two black frizzle cochins
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Old 06-15-2016, 04:40 PM   #6
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Apparently there's a meat market in Tampa that sells them. I've also heard they can be bought in several different Chinatown markets around the country.
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I won't pay a nickle to eat regular chicken. Nasty stuff.
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Do they taste different from regular chickens ?
I am reporting this thread to "Black lives matter"
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Old 06-16-2016, 12:55 AM   #9
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Okay I have to go here..

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I hear that it tastes like chicken
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Bet it tastes foul.........
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One of my potential buyers is looking for these:

http://sunbirdfarms.com/2013/01/poulet-de-bresse/

and these:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorking_chicken

and is willing to pay premium prices. I guess gourmet chicken is the new Kobe.
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As soon as I saw the Bresse was available here in the States I figured it would be Greenfire who had brought them over as they have done with other breeds.

https://greenfirefarms.com/american_bresse.html

Dorkings are available from several different hatcheries and probably a number of different small-scale breeders (show breeders).

There's a strong strain of exclusivity that runs through the upscale poultry market. Overrated in my opinion, but if a small-scale producer can figure a way to produce the birds at a profit then I say go for it!

I personally believe that feed and management contribute far more to flavor than breed selection. Put them on pasture, don't overcrowd them, use a good quality feed (without getting silly about it), and use one of the slower growing broiler strains and I don't think you can do much better.

Silkies are different in this regard from all of this though in that it's the black skin/flesh/bones that make them desirable for their particular market segment.

Rather like the genetic hackle breeds that supply the fly tying market. Rather expensive due to low production.
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$29 an unsexed chick? HOLY SMOKES
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That's because they are still new here in the States.

I've seen them ask and get $300 a dozen for hatching eggs for breeds/varieties that they have just imported.

Give it a few years for the breeding population to build up and the price will plummet.

Frankly, I wouldn't buy anything in their first few years after importation. Every egg and chick are so valuable they won't cull anything that isn't obviously deficient which is not the way to maintain quality in a breeding flock. Hatch lots, keep the best, cull the rest.

They get those kind of prices in the beginning because it's a slow, costly process to import new genetics such as the Bresse, Jubilee Orpington, and so on. By the time they've got through the red tape, quarantine periods, and other expenses that tiny nucleus of breeding stock has a rather large sunk cost before they sell the first egg or chick.
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$29 an unsexed chick? HOLY SMOKES
I envision a sultry chicken leaning up against a lamppost and saying: "We're not your 'cheeper chicken' you find in meat section. We're better and we're sexed."

*It doesn't come across as well, when I look at what I wrote, unless done ala Steve Martin in his Father Of The Bride' redux, when he went in a rant over the menu and said "We're going with the 'cheeper chicken'"..........*
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