Black Namoi – Black Silkie Chicken, Kelvin NSW

Price: $16.25 per 500g (normally $18.25)
deposit per carton (due now): $100.00

Black Namoi – Modern Black Table Silkie
The ‘Black Namoi” is a modern-day spin on the traditional rare breed, Asian coveted ‘Silkie’. Unlike traditional Silkie chickens, which are lean and gamey, the Black Namoi is a result of new bloodlines and crossbreeding, culminating in a small, tender table bird with startling black skin and bones, a good layer of fat, a greater proportion of moist meat, and deeper, richer, less gamey flavour than it’s lean, textural cousin. The increased fat content allows the Black Namoi to be used for roasting, baking, and grilling. The Black Namoi is designed to get Silkies out of the pot and onto the grill.

How to order:  Make your order (‘1’ = one times carton of your chosen size), pay your deposit, and we’ll invoice you the balance of $18.25 per 500g depending on the carton size of your choice. (saving on the RRP of 22.50 per 500g). Namoi Silkies have been frozen at time of processing, and are supplied frozen. 

  • Age: 10-12 weeks
  • Seasonal Weight: 500g-1.3+kg per bird.

Please ensure you have read the delivery options before placing your order.  Please contact us with any queries, we’re happy to help. 



Collection & Delivery

Where a deposit is required, the balance of your account is subject to any final weights.  Payment of all balances must be made prior to collection or delivery, and can be made via bank transfer or credit card (a 2.5% credit surcharge applies), and totals including delivery will be issued via invoice. Please check our shipping and delivery page for all rates, courier terms and information. 

BRISBANE COLLECTION Orders may be collected from ACTC cold stores, Canberra Road, Hemmant, Brisbane (unless specified otherwise). Appointments for pick up must be made 24 hrs in advance within 4am-2pm Mon-Thurs, 4am-1pm Fri and will be available within 24 hours after payment of your final receipt.

LOCAL QLD DELIVERY We deliver throughout Brisbane, Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and the Toowoomba regions by sub-contracted refrigerated courier services. Please get in touch if you need delivery outside these areas. Delivery fee is set by the refrigerated courier and ranges from $35.00 (Brisbane and suburban) - $65.00 (Coastal and Ranges). All orders are packed in sealed boxes. Your produce will remain fresh/frozen inside the courier service vehicle. Couriers can not leave fresh or frozen meat unattended, so please ensure someone will be available to receive. Please visit our shipping and delivery page for rates. Air freight may apply to regional areas.

REGIONAL QLD DELIVERY Delivery is available to most locations throughout South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Please visit our shipping and delivery page for costings. Air freight may apply depending on your location. All orders are packed in sealed boxes. Your produce will remain fresh/frozen inside the courier service vehicle. Couriers can not leave fresh or frozen meat unattended, so please ensure someone will be available to receive.

INTERSTATE DELIVERY Most interstate freight can be sent via Cool Couriers road freight to your home address (slower); or by Virgin/Qantas Freight to your closest major airport listed here on an 'airport to airport' basis (faster). 

  • Refrigerated Road: Please request a weight guide from us prior to submitting your order. You can then organise your own refrigerated road collection and delivery to suit your details. Obtain your road delivery quote here. Let us know when you are ready to go and we'll have your order waiting for the courier. The address for courier pick up is Canberra Road, Hemmant, open 4am-3pm Mon-Thurs, 4am-1pm Fri.
  • Virgin Freight: Flights to major airports listed here on an 'airport to airport' basis. Please determine you live within range prior to ordering. Fees will also apply for delivery to the Brisbane airport at a rate of $45.00 per drop.  Air freight delivery fees are set by the airline, and a quote can be obtained by emailing us. 

Your produce will be packed in sealed boxes and will remain fresh/frozen inside the aircraft and courier service vehicles, and if using VIRGIN freight, you will need to arrange to collect your item from the designated airport inside the detailed opening hours as terminal freezing is not available. Please refer to our shipping and delivery page for costings. or contact us for more information.



Product Details

Black Namoi Silkie BrisbaneThe Silkie (sometimes spelled Silky) is a breed of chicken originating from China, named for its atypically fluffy plumage said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot (most chickens have four).  Their raw flesh is dark beige and internal organs dramatically pitch black.  Once the skin is cooked, it turns a deep, glossy, obsidian black.

The Black Namoi has a soft, gentle nature and even temperament, and will often adopt and sit on orphaned eggs from other species (even giant duck eggs).

Meat colour varies within each bird. Typically, expect distinctly darker meat which will turn from soft cream to white when fully cooked. Despite all the black-on-black-on-black, silkies are colorfast and won’t produce a black broth, using either water or fat to try to leach the inky pigment from their bones. The skin will be b, sometimes bordering on blue or purple.

The Black Namoi have an elongated body, small head, long legs and disproportionate looking feet with 5 toes. Their outdoor foraging life mean organs, muscles and skeletal system grow in harmony.

Black Namoi table birds are processed using the superior ‘Cold Scald’ and ‘Air Chill’ method. This protects the ‘bloom’ of the skin. The birds drain before ‘air chilling’ on racks, allowing the meat to rest before packaging commences. The Black Namoi is the only table Silkie in Australia to be processed in this method, meaning there are NO CHEMICALS involved in the processing of the bird.  Compare this to the common process of a hot scald followed by a plunge into heavy chlorinated icy water of up to 150 ppm which is invariably absorbed by the chicken. This causes a ‘bleaching effect’ removing the skin’s natural bloom. The cooked finish is not compromised by the freezing process.

Sizes range between approximately 500g to 1kg.

About Great Northern Poultry

Great Northern Poultry is owned and operated by Cameron Ward and Angus Shepherd.  The Shepherd family manage all aspects of the specialist genetics, breeding, brooding and hatching of eggs on their family farm “Burrulaa Crossing” situated just outside of Manilla, a small town slightly north east of Gunnedah, NSW.

Day old chicks are carefully transported to the Ward family farm “Glenbrae”, where the birds live a free-range life until maturity around 8-10 weeks.  

Both farms maintain high level holistic management systems, with bird health, and wellbeing the main priority. At 10 weeks of age, each batch of chickens is dispatched to a private avian abattoir in Guyra, where they are hand processed without chemical intervention, bleach or toxic skin treatments.

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