The Wyandotte is an American breed. Silver Laced Wyandottes were developed in New York State in the early 1870s and were admitted into the Standard in 1883. The other varieties accepted in the American Standard of Perfection (APA) are the Golden Laced, White, Black, Buff, Blue, Columbian, Partridge and Silver Penciled.
Wyandottes are a docile, dual-purpose breed kept for their brown eggs and for meat. They appear in a wide variety of color patterns, and are popular show birds. The Wyandotte will lay 200-220 good sized eggs per year.
The hens weigh around 6 pounds and the cocks weigh around 8½ pounds. The hens also make great setters.
(The Blue Laced Red Variety of the Wyandotte is NOT recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA) and can NOT be shown.)
Beginning in about 1915, this dual purpose breed was developed in New Hampshire from a foundation stock from a strain of Rhode Island Red. The New Hampshire Red was recognized as a distinct breed in 1935. These birds were selected for early maturing and large brown eggs.
If you wish for a bird that matures early, lays good, and is of heavy weight, then New Hampshire Red is what you're looking for.
Easter Eggers (Some people still call them "Amerauanas"):
There is much confusion about Araucanas, Ameraucanas and Easter-Egger Chickens. Hopefully, we will attempt to explain the difference between the birds so that you become more educated and know what you are actually getting.
EASTER-EGGERS - Most of the so-called "Araucanas" or "Ameraucanas" in the US are mixes that carry some of the original genes and lay variously colored eggs: blue, green, or pinkish. These birds are sometimes (and more honestly) sold as Easter Egg chickens. They come in white and many other colors.
AMERAUCANAS - The American Poultry Association recognizes a bird called the Ameraucana, which lays colored eggs and has muffs and a beard, not ear tufts, and comes in standardized color varieties.
ARAUCANAS are rumpless (tail-less) and ear-tufted birds from South America are very hard to find. They are known for laying blue eggs. (Reference information only. We DO NOT raise this breed)
What we raise more closely resembles the "Easter-Egger" chickens, than Ameraucanas. There will be some birds that have the exact characteristics of Ameraucanas, however, we do not guarantee these birds to be show quality. They will however, lay the blue to green to pinkish colored eggs that makes them a very popular and unique chicken.
Cochins came to the US and England for the first time in about 1845, when they were known as Chinese Shanghai fowl. The first ones were a buff color and their size and thick soft feathering created quite a sensation, especially in England. The American Poultry Association recognizes Buff, Partridge, White, Black, Silver-laced, Golden-laced, Blue, Brown and Barred varieties.
One of the largest chickens, a full grown cock can reach 11 pounds, with the hens reaching 8 1/2 pounds. With their thick fluffy plumage, the birds look even larger. Their skin is yellow and they lay a brown egg. Although bred mostly for exhibition, they make a good meat bird. Cochins are usually very calm birds and easily made into pets. They are also excellent broodies.
This breed was developed in the Orient, probably in Japan. The feathers don't have barbs or quills, and the birds look and feel like Persian cats! Interesting characteristics of the breed are its 5 toes and black skin. They also have walnut combs, which should be a deep mulberry approaching black. Red comb and wattles are disqualifications. Silkie hens are among the best to use as broodies if you want to hatch your eggs out under hens. They make wonderful mothers and pets.
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Guinea Keets (Chicks) -
We carry the French Pearl which is 2 lbs. larger than the average Pearl guineas.
Our most popular selling breed!
Sex-links are cross-bred chickens whose color at hatching is differentiated by sex, thus making chick sexing an easier process. Sex-links come in many varieties, few of which are a true breed. As hybrids of laying or dual-purpose breeds infused with extra vigor via heterosis, Sex-links can be extremely good BROWN egg-layers which often produce 300 eggs a year or more depending on the quality of care and feed. They are easy to raise, lays large brown eggs, and have a good feed conversion ratio.
Two common varieties are the Black sex-link (also called Black Stars) and the Red sex-link (also called Red Stars) which is the type we raise.
RED STARS: These hens will mature with feathers that are reddish brown with a few flecks of white feathers throughout. The males are all white with nice yellow skin. (They will not retain the same characteristics in future.) At approximately 22 weeks these hens will start to lay and are very prolific layers that lay eggs right through hot or cold weather.
Sex-links are a good choice for ensuring you receive only female hens for sure. Generally sex-links are considered to be a friendly breed if raised properly (like all chickens of course).
Being a hybrid chicken, they are NOT recognized by the APA, thus NOT able to be shown.
Red Stars (Red Sex-Links):
Limited Supply - call for availability
(Turkeys that can naturally mate)
This breed, which originated in western France in the town of Marans, is best known for its dark chocolate colored eggs. It is a fast grower and does well in damp areas, having been developed in a marshy portion of France. The original French birds have feathered legs, but this characteristic has been bred out of the British and many American lines. Cuckoo Marans (always with the 's' whether one bird or many) look a lot like a Barred Rock. Their claim to fame is their extremely dark brown eggs and they are often called 'Chocolate Eggers'.
The color difference between Cuckoo Marans and Barred Rocks? Marans feathers crossed throughout with irregular dark and light slate bars and the difference between the black and white bars is not as distinct as the Barred Rock. Barred Rocks have distinctive barred on each feather in a more uniform pattern.
The Cuckoo Marans is NOT recognized by the American Poultry Association, therefore cannot be shown.
(Turkeys that cannot reproduce naturally)
Blue Laced Red Wyandotte -
(Sold out for 2014)
(of the poultry breeds we raise and sell)
We do raise the white Ameraucana which is a recognized color variety of Ameraucana and can be shown. We have been successful at showing these birds and the offspring are doing equally as well.
Plymouth Rocks were bred as a dual-purpose fowl, meaning that they were valued both for their meat and for the hens' egg-laying ability. The first Plymouth Rock was barred and other varieties were developed later. The breed became popular very rapidly, and in fact, until World War II, no breed was ever kept and bred as extensively in the United States as the Barred Plymouth Rock. Its popularity came from its qualities as an outstanding farm chicken: hardiness, docility, broodiness, and excellent production of both eggs and meat. This breed has sustained a great popularity for nearly 150 years due to its adaptability to various climates, docile manner, and excellent egg and meat production qualities.
Most of the other varieties were developed from crosses containing some of the same ancestral background as the barred variety. Early in its development, the name Plymouth Rock implied a barred bird, but as more varieties were developed, it became the designation for the breed. The Barred Plymouth Rock was one of the foundation breeds for the broiler industry in the 1920s, and the White Rock continues to be used as the female side of the commercial broiler cross.
Plymouth Rocks come in a variety of colors such as: Barred, White, Buff, Partridge, Silver Penciled, Blue, Columbian, and Black. These varieties are recognized colors by the American Poultry Association and can be shown.
Cornish Rock Cross took over the commercial chicken meat industry within the last fifty years and is an extensively developed cross between Cornish and White Rock Chickens. The Cornish Cross Boilers are so successful and popular because of their outstanding speed of growth and quality of meat. Males can reach up to 4.5 pounds after just 6 weeks and up to 9.5 after 11 weeks.
A Heritage turkey is one of a variety of strains of domestic turkey which retains historic characteristics that are no longer present in the majority of turkeys raised for consumption since the mid-20th century. Heritage turkeys can be differentiated from other domestic turkeys in that they are biologically capable of being raised in a manner that more closely matches the natural behavior and life cycle of wild turkeys. Heritage turkeys have a relatively long lifespan and a much slower growth rate than turkeys bred for industrial agriculture, and unlike industrially-bred turkeys, can reproduce without artificial insemination.
The Broad-Breasted Turkeys are the breeds raised by commercial turkey farmers in the US. They are the best choice for those who enjoy breast meat. These birds have shorter breast bones and legs than other breeds and are unable to reproduce naturally. Instead, they must be artificially inseminated. If you are interested in breeding turkeys, you should try heritage breeds instead.
- The domesticated Guinea originated from the wild Guinea in Western Africa. Guinea Fowl are some of the most useful and hardy domesticated land fowl in the country, and their wide range of utility and low to zero maintenance once mature have helped them become increasingly popular throughout countrysides across North America in recent years.
- Guinea Fowl are known for their alert behavior and vocal nature. Guineas are said to be effective at warding off hawks, rats, foxes and snakes with their cry; helping to protect not only themselves, but other chickens, ducks, or geese, on the farm that are prone to attack by predators. They are also great at pest control, including eating ticks which can be a threat to family, dogs and livestock.
- Guinea Fowl also are an excellent bird to harvest for its meat, tasting almost identical to pheasant. French Guinea Fowl meat is known to be extremely tender and lean.
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The hens are typically marketed as Cornish Game Hens and can reach up to 2.5 pounds around 5 weeks. It's recommended to harvest the hens around 3 pounds for the most tender broiler meat. The Broiler Chickens, as they are also commonly referred to, have white feathers and yellow skin. They are also preferred for broiler birds because they lack the hair on the skin that is typical to many other breeds. This breed of chicken is bred specifically for its meat and due to its exceptionally fast growth its legs will not be able to healthily support its body after a certain point.
Muscovies are the only domestic ducks that are not derived from Mallard stock. They are a South American species. The original (wild type) coloration is black and white, but domestication has produced many more colors, including white, black, chocolate, blue, fawn and pastel colors. The American Poultry Association recognizes the following colors for showing: Black, White, Chocolate, and Blue. The males are large, weighing up to 12 pounds (although larger is not uncommon), with the smaller females reaching only 7 lbs. Their feet have strong sharp claws and are built to grasp, so that they can perch on branches. Some people consider them ugly because of the large red warty caruncles above the beak and around the eyes. They are, however, very personable and interesting birds, and quite intelligent. Unlike most domestic waterfowl, Muscovies will often fly up and roost. They fly fairly well, especially the smaller females, but are known more for flying around than flying away! Muscovies are not as fond of water as other domestic breeds of ducks as their oil glands are not as well developed as other ducks.The meat of the Muscovy is unlike that of the other domestic ducks. It is not greasy and is much more like veal than like poultry.
With the powder-puff of feathers on its head, the Crested Duck is truly striking. Crested Duck is a medium-weight good dual-purpose breed as they lay an admirable quantity of eggs and grow rapidly if you want some meat for the table.
An adult drake weighs about 7 pounds, and his mate about 6 lbs. The Standard of Perfection (USA) recognizes two forms: Black and White. Other varieties, such as Grey (Mallard coloration), Buff and Blue have been developed by breeders, but are not showable. The Crests should be large and sit symmetrically on the center of the head. The body should be carried nearly horizontally for a showable bird. They are docile ducks, and make a wonderful addition to any scenery!
The Buff Orpington is the most popular of all varieties of Orpington--a pretty, bright, pale "buffed" copper color. Belonging to the English class of chickens, it was bred to be a dual purpose breed, - an excellent layer of brown eggs with good meat quality. They are also known as winter layers. They're cold-hardy due to their fluffy plumage. They have very laid back personalities and make good pets. They are wonderful mothers and will do go broody.
The American Poultry Association recognizes the Buff, Blue, Black and White varieties of the Orpington.