Ameraucana / Easter Egger A hardy and sweet natured bird selected for its colorful egg production, laying eggs in shades of blue & blue/green. They sport side "muffs" and a beard around their face. There is much confusion in the poultry world between the true Ameraucanas (and even rarer Auraucanas) and the less standardized "Easter Egger", all of which lay blue colored eggs and sport extra feathers around the face. We'll let the experts duke it out.
Appenzeller Spitzhauben The Appenzeller Spitzhauben is the national breed of Switzerland and has existed there for centuries. It takes its name from the resemblance of its feathered crest to the traditional pointed hats ("Spitzhauben" means "Pointed Hat") worn by women in the Appenzell region of Switzerland. Once near extinction, this breed has gained popularity recently. Although flighty as youngsters, in our experience these birds mature to friendly and curious adults. They are a high energy breed and enjoy exploring.
Belgian Bearded D'Anver An heirloom breed, dating back to the 1700s. A petite bird with a prominent "beard" of feathers. An ornamental breed kept primarily by fanciers for showing or as pets. Hens tends to be friendly towards people while roosters of this breed may be aggressive.
Black Copper Marans Marans are called "Chocolate Eggers" because they produce rich chocolate brown colored eggs. The breed originated in France and is prized as a dual purpose bird, being both an excellent egg producer and a good meat bird. Needless to say, ours are kept for egg production and their eggs are among the most beautiful we collect each day. This breed is docile and tame by nature. The Black Copper variety has iridescent black feathers on the body and a collar of copper colored feathers around the neck and shoulders.
Blue Laced Red Wyandotte Wyandottes are a favorite amongst backyard flock owners for their dependable egg laying, easygoing nature and overall hardiness. Ours are the rare Blue Laced Red color variant, so named because of the beautiful feather patterning resembling lace.
Buff Brahma (Bantam) Brahmas are gentle birds with feathered legs and feet and profuse, fluffy feathering giving them a round, pudgy appearance. Originally from India, they are now very popular as backyard pet chickens in this country due to their quiet and tame nature and their cold tolerance. We think they are adorable and have to resist the urge to pick them up and hug them!or.
Buff Orpington Large, hardy birds known for their excellent egg production, friendly temperament and good cold tolerance. A very popular breed.
Always a favorite with visitors, We frequently hear the question "what are the ones with the fluffy feet called?" Cochins are very popular due to their sweet personality, bedroom slipper feathered legs and sheer cuteness. An heirloom breed that originated in China.
Cuckoo Marans Another of the Marans or "Chocolate Eggers" varieties. Cuckoo Marans are large birds with black and white barred feathers.
Hybrid Chickens Occasionally a broody hen will hide and hatch out a clutch of eggs. As a result our flock always contains a few hybrid birds.
Japanese The Japanese is a tiny bantam breed with a regal bearing. Their short legs and high tail carriage give the breed a very distinctive appearance and gait.
Mille Fleur (Bantam) A small breed that sports extravagant "pantaloons" and extra feathers around the face. Calico-like markings. Sweet disposition and a curious nature. A fair layer of small cream colored eggs.
Polish Polish are a unique breed of chicken with a bouffant crest of feathers and v-shaped comb. They are tame and sweet natured but their behavior can appear erratic at times since their crest limits their vision. When in a flock with more aggressive breeds, Polish will tend to be on the low end of the pecking order. Egg laying is varied in this breed - some lay well and some poorly.
Rosecombs are a fancy little "true bantam" breed, meaning there is no standard-size version of this chicken. They're not particularly hardy or easy to raise and are kept mainly for exhibition, so aren't recommended for first-time poultry keepers. Our Rosecomb, "Rosy", is a dainty & lovely little lady who lays tiny marble sized eggs. Precious!
Silver Seabright The Sebright is one of the oldest of the "true bantam" breeds. It is named after Sir John Saunders Sebright, who spent decades of selective breeding to achieve the intricate lace-like markings that this ornamental breed is famous for today. This was the first poultry breed to have its own specialist club and it remains today one of the most popular of the bantam breeds. It is primarily kept as a decorative or exhibition bird.
Wheaton Marans Another of the Marans. This breed is wheat colored and has partially feathered legs.