Australorp

 

Australorps are the Australian take on the Orpington breed. They are calm and friendly, and excellent layers of large brown eggs. The Australorp's exceptionally soft, shiny black plumage has hints of green, blue, 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.  Australorps have won many egg trials and are considered an excellent layer averaging 5+ eggs per week.

Chicken Breeds

Easter Egger

 

Easter Eggers are a hybrid of the Ameraucana that lays large to extra  large colorful eggs that come in shades of blue, green, olive, aqua, and pink.  Easter Eggers vary widely in color and conformation making it easy to tell them apart.  Most hatcheries mistakenly label their Easter Eggers as Ameraucanas or Araucanas (or various misspellings thereof) but they don't conform to breed standard and are ineligible for showing.  Easter eggers are very good layers and average 4+ eggs per week.

Giant Cochin

 

Cochins are only a fair layer averaging 2 brown eggs per week.  They are more commonly kept for their mother abilities and for their friendly nature.  They are cold hardy and come in a variety of colors.

 

 

 

Iowa Blue

 

Iowa Blues are a dual-purpose homesteader chicken, known to be an excellent forager.  Hens will go broody, exhibiting good maternal characteristics.  Males are noted to be excellent flock guardians and are talented hawk fighters.  They are vigorous breeders and are early to mature.  Though very aware of their surroundings in a free-range situation, the breed is fairly docile and not particularly flighty.  The only heritage breed of chickens developed in Iowa they are truly a must have for all local flocks.  Iowa Blue's lay brown eggs.

Speckled Sussex

 

Sussex are great layers of large light brown eggs and lay right through the coldest weather. They are dual purpose birds that are not prone to flying so they are easily fenced. They forage well and are friendly and easily handled.  The "speckled" variety has plumage that gives them some camouflage from predators, too. Many tend to get more speckles after each successive molt, so they just get prettier with age.  Sussex are very good layers averaging 4 eggs per week.

Welsummer

 

Welsummers are a very fast growing, rustic brown to orange colored chicken.  They are a dual purpose bird allthough they are most commonly kept for their large chocolate brown eggs which are even speckled sometimes.  They are incredibly intelligent and friendly and are very productive foragers.  Welsummers are very good egg layers averaging 4 per week. 

Wyandotte

 

Wyandottes are a favorite among backyard flock owners for their dependable egg laying, easygoing nature, hardiness, and the great variety of beautiful feather patterns available.  We will have gold laced, silver laced, and blue laced for sale this year.  Wyandottes are a heavy dual purpose breed who are very good egg layers and average 4 brown eggs per week. 

Ancona

 

Ancona's originated in Italy and have a lot in common with other Mediterranean chicken breeds.  They are very good foragers and excellent layers averaging 5 white eggs per week.  Ancona's are also mild tempered and cold hardy.  They are mainly black with white tipping on some feathers.

 

 

Barred Rock

 

Barred Rocks are one of the most popular dual purpose chickens used on homesteads today.  They are friendly and very good layers averaging 4 brown eggs per week.  They tolerate confinement but do best in a freerange set up.  Mature hens will go broody.

 

 

Buff Brahma

 

Brahma's are gentle giants that make great pet chickens.  Though their main use was as a meat bird they are good layers averaging 3 brown eggs per week and are great setters for those who want to natural hatch some eggs.  Brahma's are generally quiet for chickens and are very cold hardy.  

 

 

Buff Orpington

 

Orpington's are a big friendly dual purpose bird.  They make good setters and are very cold hardy.  They are great meat birds and good layers averaging 3 brown eggs per week.

Rhode Island Red

 

Rhode Island Reds are one of the best layers you can have for an outdoor flock averaging 5+ brown xl eggs per week.  In egg trials Rhode Islands come up second to only the australorp.  They are also a heavy size chicken making them great for meat as well.  Even though they have a single comb they are cold hardy.  

Silver Spangled Hamburg

 

Hamburgs are referred to as "everlayers" due to their ability to consistently lay right through the cold of winter.  They are very good layers averaging 4 small white eggs per week.   They are prone to flying and do best when they have alot of room to roam.  

 

 

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