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0_chicken_2Pick your Flock by:

  • Age
  • Breed
  • Eggs Lays/week
  • Egg Color

We have about 70+ hens available to select from

Prices are from $5, $10, $15 and up

The exact price is determined by eggs lays/week, breed, age and color of eggs.  Call for detail price per chick.

The chicks are happy, healthy and currently laying daily. They lay consistently.

Their ages are between 6 months and 3 years old and have been raised in free range environment.

These chicks  lay brown, white, blue, olive green, and dark brown (chocolate) eggs.

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Breeds that would transition to your backyard

Araucana\Ameraucana

BuffAmrcnHen_360The Araucana comes from South America and are named after the Araucano tribe of Native South Americans. There are records of blue egg laying chickens in South America going back to the 1520’s. The Araucana is called Ameraucana in America. When crossed with any other breed, the offspring will lay a green / blue egg.  The Araucana breed was derived from blue egg laying chickens, but they do not have the breeding problems inherent to Araucanas.

If two Araucana chickens with ear tufts are mated, only a few chicks will hatch since embryos that carry two ear tuft genes are lethal. It is best to mate a good example of a bird with ear tufts to a bird without tufts or with smaller ear tufts or just one ear tuft to get the best results. A number of embryos that have one ear tuft gene can have head deformities.

In addition, rather than ear tufts, they have muffs and a beard, and are very hardy and sweet. They lay eggs in shades of blue, and even have blue (or “slate”) legs. They should not be confused with Easter Eggers, which can lay blue and green eggs, and do not conform to any breed standard Araucana\Ameraucana.

ameraucana1Egg Facts:

  • Egg Laying: Good (3/wk)
  • Egg Color: Light Blue
  • Egg Size: Medium

 

Features:

  • Comb Type: Pea Comb
  • Crested: No
  • Feathered Legs: No
  • Number of Toes: 4

 

Araucana ChickenSuitability to Backyard Life:

  • Hardy In Winter: Yes
  • Confinement: Bears confinement well
  • Especially Docile: Yes
  • Setter/Broody: No
  • Personality: Fun
  • Size: Medium (6-7 lbs)

 

Recognized Color Varieties: Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten, White

Australorp

Australorps are the Australian take on the Orpington breed. They are calm and friendly, and excellent layers of light brown eggs. The Australorp’s exceptionally soft, shiny black plumage has hints of green and purple in the sunlight. Peaceful and dignified, Australorps are an absolutely delightful bird which we highly recommend to anyone who wants a pet chicken that lays dependably.

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Origins
Size: Heavy (7-8 lbs)
Rarity: Common
Purpose: Dual
Recognized Varieties: Black

Egg Facts:
Egg Laying: Excellent (5/wk)
Egg Color: Brown
Egg Size: Large

Features:
Comb Type: Single Comb
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4
Suitability to Backyard Life:
Hardy In Winter: Yes
Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: Yes
Setter/Broody: Yes
Personality: Sweet and shy

Buff Orrington

Orpingtons are fluffy, sweet chickens. The Buff is a gorgeous, rich, golden color. They have a single comb and are cold hardy birds. They are excellent dual purpose chickens, as they will grow to a good, heavy table weight with white skin, but are also productive egg layers. You can expect between 200-280 brown eggs per year from one Buff Orpington hen. The hens are known to be broody.

Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island Red as it is one of the oldest known breeds of chicken and was developed mainly in Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the mid 1840’s.
The first birds were bred in Little Compton, RI with the use of a Black Breasted Red Malay cock who was imported from England. This Rooster can actually still be seen on display in the Smithsonian Institution as the father of the breed.

Rhode Island Reds are do-everything bird: they lay exceptionally well, they’re valued for their meat, they’re extremely cold hardy, and hardy in general. They’re are a dual-purpose breed.

red_1Dual Purpose

Comb: Single

Broodiness: Seldom

Climate Tolerance: Cold

Egg Productivity: High

Egg Size: Large

Egg Color: Brown

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Temperament: Aggressive, Friendly, Flighty, Easily Handled, Calm, Noisy

Breed Colors/Varieties: Only recognized in Red.

Breed Size: Large Fowl

 

 

White Leghorns

The White Leghorn Chicken is the most popular breed of white egg laying chickens. They are the most popular commercial strain of white egg layers in the entire world. The Leghorn Chicken originated in Italy and was first brought to North America in the 1850s under the name Italian chickens. They name Leghorn came from a mispronunciation of the sea in which they were frequently transported through called the Ligurian Sea.

Leghorn Chickens will lay an astounding 280 large white eggs per year. This breed will mature rapidly, reaching a maximum weight of 3-4 pounds for hens and 4-6 pounds for roosters, and they are not considered a viable option for meat production. These birds tend to be flighty and generally avoid human contact. Leghorns enjoy free range environments, but they are adaptable to confined living as well.

The Leghorn is a vocal and active bird as well as an excellent forager. They can quickly convert their food intake into energy and require little physical maintenance. These chickens are excellent fliers and will roost in trees if they are raised as free range birds.

 

Studio_Leghorn_3Origins:

  • Class: Mediterranean
  • Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
  • Size: Medium (6-7 lbs)
  • Rarity: Common
  • Purpose: Egg-laying
  • Varieties: White, Pearl-WhiteLeghorns

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Egg Facts:

Egg Laying: Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color: White

Egg Size: X-Large

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leghorns_2Features:
Comb Type: Single Comb
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
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leghorn_4Suitability to Backyard Life:
Hardy In Winter: Yes
Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: No
Setter/Broody: No
Personality: Active and intelligent

Rhode Island Red Rooster & White Leghorn Hen =  Novogens Brown

Novogens Brown are  a hybrid.  They are not a breed.  They are a  crosses from Rhode Island Reds Rooster and White Leghorn Hen.

They are healthy and robust birds and do very well in free range and pastured environments. They are a top-notch producers of large to extra-large brown eggs. They are bred to be adaptable birds, thriving in a wide variety of conditions, whether kept in housing or on range.

The Novogen Brown has been developed in France drawing from a cross between Rhode Island Red and Leghorn genetics.  The hen is a brown chicken which produces a beautiful large to X-large brown egg.

  • Novogen1 (1)Prolific Egg Layer – Approx. 395 eggs in 72 weeks of lay
  • 50% production at week 20
  • Peak production 93-95%
  • Excellent Feed Conversion
  • Easy to manage, calm disposition
  • Excellent shell strength with brown egg shell coloring
  • Adapt to different conditions allowing them to produce well in housing or to thrive on free range.

Delaware

Delaware chickens are a heritage poultry breed, but they make a good homestead livestock choice for anyone wanting to raise free-range chickens for high-quality meat. The Delaware chicken was developed for the broiler industry in the United States. Unfortunately, the Delaware arrived just before the White Cornish-White Plymouth Rock cross literally took over this market.

Around 1940, a hatchery man named George Ellis in Ocean View, Delaware, took a liking to the colored sports that sometimes occurred when New Hampshire hens and Barred Plymouth Rock cocks were crossed to produce broiler chickens. These white birds were bedecked in the Columbian pattern, which is an irregular black barring on neck, tail, and wing feathers. The advantage would be an almost white bird with rich yellow legs.

delawareOrigins/History:

  • Class: American
  • Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
  • Size: Heavy (7-8 lbs)
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Purpose: Dual
  • Varieties: White

 

Egg Facts:

  • del_egg2Egg Laying: Very Good (4/wk)
  • Egg Color: Brown
  • Egg Size: Large

 

 

 

 

 

delaware_1Features:

  • Comb Type: Single Comb
  • Crested: No
  • Feathered Legs: No
  • Number of Toes: 4

Suitability to Backyard Life:

  • Hardy In Winter: Yes
  • Confinement: Bears confinement well
  • Especially Docile: Yes
  • Setter/Broody: Yes
  • Personality: Quiet, friendly

Red Sex Link Chickens

Red Sex Links a breed of Chickens?

Breed is defined as a group of animals with similar characteristics that, when bred together, will produce offspring with the same characteristics. In other words, a breed breeds true. The advantage of pure breeds is that each generation of offspring can be counted on to look and perform in the same way as the previous generation.

red sex_2The Red Sex Link hybrid chicken, and is not a breed.  It is the result of crossing two heritage chicken breeds, the Rhode Island Red chicken rooster with a Delaware chicken hen. The results are a color sexed baby chick and chick offspring of vigor and health. The chicken cockerels are shades of light colors and the chicken pullets are shades of reds. This hybrid chicken is made from two of the best heritage chicken breeds with a long history of egg production.

Anyone that has wanted to purchase only female chicks to grow out for raising chickens for eggs can easily see the advantage of having chicks with down color being linked to sex—anyone can distinguish the males from the females at hatch. But the disadvantage comes in that flocks of each of the two parent breeds must be maintained to have birds with which to make the cross to produce the Red Sex Link chicks. Red Sex link hybrid chickens can be mated and will produce offspring, but color, rate of growth, and egg laying ability will vary much from one offspring to another. This means that for those that wish to produce their own stock, Red Sex Link chickens offer no advantage.

Red Sex Link males hatch out white and feather out to pure white or with some red or black feathering. Females hatch out buff or red and they feather out in one of three ways: buff with white or tinted red with red undercolor..

The Red Sex Link chicken is well suited for small chicken coops, larger chicken houses, tractor chicken pens and free-range chicken farming.

red_sex_link_chicksRed Six Link are bred specifically so that males and females are different colors when they hatch. Females are egg-laying machines that continue to lay well in the heat and cold, when many others slow down. The males are said to be good “fryers” — which makes this a good dual-purpose breed.   The females are sweet, small and docile, in addition to being super layers!

You may also know them by any of the following names:

  • red sexRed Star
  • Comets
  • Golden Comet
  • Golden Sex Link
  • Isa Brown
  • Red Sex Link

 

 

 

 

red sex linkFeatures

  • Weights:Hen—–6-7 lbs    Rooster—–8-9 lbs
  • Purpose:Dual Purpose, egg laying and meat production
  • Egg Shell Color:Light Brown
  • Egg Production: 200-280
  • Mating Ratio:10 Females to 1 Male
  • Roost Height:2 to 4 feet

Silver Lace Wyandotte

silver laceThe origin of the Wyandotte chicken breed and the Silver Laced color pattern is shrouded in mystery. In the late 1800s, the birds we now recognize as Wyandottes were known as American Sebrights because of their peculiar lacing. When by accident the blood of several breeds of fowls was mingled, each adding a little and losing much of its own strength in the offspring, there was none to predict that these crosses, brought together no doubt by merest accident, would give to poultry fanciers a foundation for one of the most popular breeds of fowl the world has ever known. But never has been at any time, a single person that could give an correct account of the crosses that produced the first Wyandotte.

The Wyandotte chicken breed is one of the most prominent breeds of poultry in the United States. Their hardiness, dual-purpose capabilities, size, variety of colors, and temperament are just a few reasons why they are one of the more popular chicken breeds for fanciers. The Wyandotte is a compact bird with a stout stature. The head, body, and tail carriage are well-balanced and fit together nicely. Their legs are straight and set well apart under the balanced body.

The large fowl Wyandotte weighs in at a modest 7.5 to 8.5 pounds for males and 5.5 to 6.5 pounds for females. The size of the birds put them in a category known as “dual-purpose chicken breeds.” This means they can lay a moderate number of eggs and still be big enough to use as table fowl. The yellow skin and soft feathers make for an attractive option when selecting the right chicken breeds for meat. All American breeds of poultry have yellow skin; the softer feathers make them easier to pluck.

The American Poultry Association recognizes nine varieties of large fowl. The White and Silver Laced varieties are by far the most popular. The solid colored birds are tough competitors. However, some dedicated breeders of varieties with color patterns are improving the conformation and size of the birds. Examples of varieties gaining in popularity are the Columbian, Silver Penciled, and Partridge varieties.

 Features: Features:

  • Silver_Laced_Wyandotte_Bantams4Egg Color:……….Brown
  • Egg Size:………….Large Egg
  • Production: ..Good
    Meat Production: Excellent
  • Heat Tolerance: …Better
    Cold Tolerance: …Better
  • Disposition:………Good
  • Weeks to Maturity..20
  • Freerange:………..Good
  • Skin Color:……..Yellow
  • Comb Type:……..Rose
  • Broody: …….…..Not Very
  • Bird Size:……..…Large
  • Leg Style:………Clean
  • Male Mature Weight:..8.5 lbs
  • Female Mature Weight:..6.5 lbs
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