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  1. Spotlight Breed Of The Week Silver Laced Wyandotte's 
    Silver Laced Wyandottes Chickens
    The Wyandotte breed was created by four gentlemen from the eastern United States area. They were trying to create a breed that would be a dual-purpose bird something that was seriously lacking in the 1800’s. They were first referred to as the American Seabright or the Seabright Cochin. They were later renamed after the Native America Wyandotte nation but have no direct historical association with the tribe.  There is a bit of mystery as to the true origin of the Wyandotte, but they are thought to have been developed from a Dark Brahma and a Silver Spangled Hamburg. The original Wyandotte was the Silver Laced which was first accepted into the standard of perfection in 1883. Today there are many more color varieties developed from the Silver Laced by crossing them with a variety of other breeds.

    Wyandotte’s are beautiful birds famous for their docile disposition and their ability to lay eggs in the cold weather.  They are an excellent dual-purpose bird, which can be raised to produce both eggs and meat. The hens make good mothers and will lay large brown eggs in a color range from light to medium.  They are particularly well suited for regions that have cold winters. They tolerate confinement well and they are also good foragers which makes them well suited for any free-range environments.   Wyandotte’s mature fairly quickly males will weigh in and about 8 1/2 pounds and hens about 6.1/2 pounds.  

    The Wyandotte breed graduated from the livestock Conservancy priority list in 2016 in his no longer considered endangered.
    Silver Laced Wyandottes Chickens
     
    Adult Birds description: The male and female have completely different plumage appearances. The head of the male is a silvery white with each feather having a black stripe. The web of the male’s neck feathers is a luxurious, green black with narrow lacing of silvery white. The male’s back is silvery white in appearance and the tail is black. The web of each breast feather of the male is white with a narrow, sharply defined lacing of luxurious green and black. The web of each breast feather of the male is white with a narrow, sharply defined lacing of luxurious greenish black. The web of each feather of the body, back, breast and lower thigh of the female is the same as the male’s breast feathers. The plumage of the female's head is silvery gray in the tail is black. They have rose combs that are low and firm on the head, have an oval surface covered with small rounded points, and tapered to a well-defined point that curves to conform to the shape of the skull.

    Silver laced Wyandotte Day Old Chicks
       

    Baby Chick description: The chicks are black with white streaks down the back the chest and abdomen may either be white or grey, the wing tips are white. They have rose combs, feet, and legs are yellow with some black or grey.  

    Origin:  United States                                                             
    Classification Type:  American Class
    Temperament: Adaptable to confinement or free range, calm & docile.
    Purpose: Dual purpose eggs laying and meat production
    Broodiness: Occasionally make good mothers
    Hardiness:  Cold hardy
    Maturing:  18-22 weeks                               Mating ratio: 9 females to 1 male
    Egg Color:  Brown                                       Egg size:   Medium - Large
    Rate Of Lay: Good                                       Eggs per year: 180-260

    Weight: Hen   6.1/2 lbs      Rooster:    8 1/2 lbs       
                  Pullet 5 1/2 lbs      Cockerel   7 lbs

    Spacing:  Confined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird.  

    Roost height:  2Ft -4FT 
     
    Life Span: Of the Silver Laced Wyandotte depends on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. A standard the Silver Laced Wyandotte will generally live for approximately 6-8 years but have been known to reach 10-12 years.
     
    Varieties:   Golden laced - Blue laced red- -Barred-- Buff--Black -White-Red- Blue-Silver Penciled--Partridge- Columbian- Buff Columbian-Mille Fleur-
     
    Other facts   The Silver Laced Wyandotte is the original Wyandotte and is the parent stock for all varieties. 

    We hatch Silver Laced Wyandotte's year round

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  2.  Spotlight Breed Of The Week Buckeyes
    Buckey Chickens


    In the late 1800's Nettie Metcalf, a housewife from Warren Ohio created a red chicken breed and appropriately named it Buckeyes after the state of Ohio. Buckeyes are unique in the American Class of chickens in that it is the only breed created entirely by a woman and officially accepted into the American Poultry Association in 1904. The industry was dominated by very influential businessmen heavily invested in the new Rhode Island Red breed and they did everything in their power to oust the Buckeye breed. Their attempts to do so failed. However, somehow the breed disappeared from the records of the American Poultry Association standards around 1915. It’s unclear how or even why that happened but the breed reappears around the mid to late 1930’s again as a recognized breed. However, like many other things, the great depression had an impact on the Buckeye breed and it nearly faded into obscurity. This breed is still considered quite rare but in the last couple of years, they have been upgraded from the threatened list to the watch list by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

    The Buckeye is the only purely American breed to sport a pea comb, and this, combined with its stocky build, makes it a supremely cold-hardy bird. Buckeyes have rich yellow skin, with mahogany feathering and black tails. They adjust to confinement well but prefer to range on grass. They are extremely friendly docile birds. A good dual-purpose producer of brown eggs is well suited for small farmyards and backyard flocks. 



    Buckeye Chickens
                                  

    Adult Birds Description: Plumage is a rich and lustrous reddish brown or mahogany, though tail contains some black. Most of the under color is bright red with slate-colored bars down their backs. Beaks are yellow with reddish horn shanks and toes are yellow.
     
    Buckeye Day Old Chickens




    Baby Chick descriptionBuff color with some dark brown speckling on heads. Beaks, legs and toes yellow.




    Origin:  United States
    Classification Type:  American
    Temperament: Great for free range, calm & docile. Do not tolerate confinement well.
    Purpose: Dual purpose eggs laying and meat production.
    Broodiness: Occasionally but make good mothers.
    Hardiness:  Very hardy can tolerate almost any climate.
    Maturing: 20-22 weeks                                  Mating ratio: 8 females to 1 male
    Egg color:   Brown                                         Egg size:  Large
    Rate Of Lay:  Good                                        Eggs per year: 200-50 

    Weight: Hen   6 ½  lbs     Rooster:    9  lbs       
                  Pullet  5 ½ lbs     Cockerel    7 lbs
     
    Spacing:  Confined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird
     
    Roost height:  2Ft -4FT

    Life Span: Of the Buckeye depends on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. Buckeyes will generally live for approximately 6-8 years but have been known to reach 10-12 years. However, egg production will decrease every year.
     

    Other facts: Mrs. Nettie Metcalf is the only American woman to have developed an officially recognized breed (Buckeyes).
     
    We Hatch Buckeyes twice a week February thru May. 











  3.  Spotlight Breed Of The Week Dark Brahmas
    Dark Brahmas Chickens






    There has been considerable controversy over the origin of the majestic Brahma Breed. It is believed that the Brahma Breed was developed around 1840 in the United States from large birds imported from China and were referred to as the "Shanghai" birds. It also appears clearly that Chittagong fowls were used to a very small degree, which stamped head and comb characteristics onto this breed differentiating it from the Shanghai birds (now known as the Cochin). In 1850 an American businessman sent Queen Victoria of England a much publicize gift of some of his light Brahma chickens. Soon after these birds were in much demand and his stock was the basis for the Dark Brahma variety which was developed in England and later shipped back to America. However, the Dark Brahma was not Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection until 1874.

    Brahmas are one of the largest breeds of chickens. These birds are mellow gentle giants with fluffy feathered legs and feet. They have a warm, medium grey appearance with black hackles shading to silver and white at the head. The Brahma will stand around 30 inches tall. It has a long, deep and wide body. It stands tall giving it a narrow ‘V’ shape when viewed from the side. The roosters weigh in around 12lb and hens around 10lb. They lay a fair amount of light brown eggs and due to their gentle nature make good mothers. Brahmas are very cold-hardy and do well in confinement as well as free-range environments.  

    The Brahmas breed is still considered rare and is in high demand.  The American Livestock Conservancy currently has the Brahma breed status listed as recovering. We only hatch Brahmas February through May and they sell out quickly so place your order early before were sold out! Click here to order now!
     
    Dark Barahma chickens

    Adult description: Massive bodies, Pea combs, fully feathered shanks and toes. They have a silver penciled plumage pattern with the male’s plumage color very different from the female's plumage. The male head is a silvery white. The web of the hackle feathers is luxurious, greenish black with silvery white narrow lacing. The main tail feather is black with the sickles being a luxurious greenish black. The females head is a silvery gray each feather of the back-breast body, wing bows and thighs should have 3 or more penciling patterns. The body, breast, back and shanks and toe feathers are steel grey with distinct black penciling. The hackle is black slightly penciled with steel grey in laced with silvery white.

    Dark Brahma chicks

    Baby chick description: Pea combs, Brown backs and heads with light gray wing tips, chest, and feathers on legs and toes. Their beak, legs, and toes are yellow.

        


    Classification Type: Asiatic Class
    Temperament: Friendly, pet-like demeanor adaptable to confinement or free range
    Purpose: Dual purpose eggs laying and meat production
    Broodiness: Exceptionally  make good mothers
    Hardiness:  Cold hardy
    Maturing:  20-22 weeks                              Mating ratio: 8 females to 1 male
    Egg color:  Brown                                       Egg size:   Large
    Rate Of Lay: good                                       Eggs per year: 250-275

    Weight: Hen   9.5 lbs     Rooster:   12+ lbs       
                  Pullet  8 lbs      Cockerel   10 lbs

    Spacing:  Confined at all times at least 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird.
      
    Roost height:  2Ft -4FT
      

    Life Span: Of the Dark Brahmas, depends on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. A standard Dark Brahma will generally live for approximately 6-8 years but have been known to reach 10-12 years. However, egg production will decrease every year.
     
    Varieties:   Black, Buff, and White. More often the white variety is referred to as a Light Brahma chicken.
     
     
    Other facts:  Brahmas were first exported from the US to England in December 1852, when George Burnham sent nine "Gray Shanghaes" now known as Light Brahmas to Queen Victoria of England – making sure the gift was much publicized. Prices jumped from $12-15 per pair to $100-150. Burnham’s stock proved of quality and formed the basis for the Dark Brahma variety – which was developed in England and later shipped back to America. 




    We hatch Dark Brahmas February thru May. 




  4.    Stoplight Breed Of The Week Speckled Sussex
     Speckled Sussex Chickens
    The Speckled Sussex chicken It's one of the oldest known breeds that originated in Sussex County, England and there's evidence that the Romans found a similar breed when they invaded England over two thousand years ago. However, the Speckled Sussex breed didn’t reach America until about 1912 and was recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1914.
     
    The Speckled Sussex bird became a famous table chicken breed because of its pleasantly pleasing flavor, pinkish white skin and their finesse at fattening up. The Speckled Sussex is considered a medium-sized bird in the heavy breeds class. The rooster will dress out between 8-10 pounds on average and hens at about 6-8 pounds. Their main coloring is a deep rich mahogany with cream color speckles and they have innumerable differences in the speckling patterns. With each yearly molt more, speckles appear so they become even more colorful the older they get.


    The Speckled Sussex Breed is one of the best backyard chickens for being adaptable. They are friendly docile birds that are heat and cold tolerant. They do well in confinement and are an exceptional bird for a free-ranging environment. This is due to their speckled coloring which makes them blend in with the background and camouflages them from predators such as coyotes and foxes. They are also great layers of tinted or light brown eggs, and they lay right through the coldest weather. These hens are very likely to set and become broody as soon as the weather warms in the spring and are excellent mothers.
    Speckled Sussex Chikens


     Adult description-Their main color is mahogany with each feather tipped with a small cream speckle and a narrow black bar divides the cream color from the remainder of their feathers. The females main tail feathers are black mottled with brown, and each feather is tipped with a cream color. The males tail feathers are luxurious greenish black and are also tipped with a cream color. Their beaks color is horn while their legs and toes are a pinkish white.
     Speckled Sussex Cicks
     
    Baby chick description- Chicks are dark brown with 2 light brown streaks lengthwise down there back and have white wing tips, chest, and abdomens. They have a single comb, beaks are a brown color and feet and legs are a pinkish white.
     
    The Speckled Sussex breed Is very popular with our customers and is always in demand. The  American Livestock Conservancy list the Speckled Sussex breed status as recovering. We only hatch this breed seasonal February through May, and we sell out quickly. So, make sure to place your order early!


    Origin: England                                                              
    Classification Type:  English Class
    Temperament: Calm and curious, adaptable to confinement or free range.
    Purpose: Dual purpose eggs and meat  
    Broodiness: Yes good mothers
    Hardiness:  Very hardy
    Maturing20- 22 weeks                                  Mating ratio: 10 females to 1 male
    Egg color:  Brown                                           Egg size:  Large
    Rate Of Lay: Good                                         Eggs per year: 180 to 240  
    Weight:     Hen    7 lbs                                        Rooster:     9 lbs       
                      Pullet  6 lbs                                        Cockerel    7 lbs
     
    Spacing:  Confined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird. 
     
    Roost height:  4Ft - 8FT  
    Life Span:  Of the Speckled Sussex chickens will depend on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. A standard Speckled Sussex chicken will generally live for approximately 6-8 years but have been known to reach 10-12 years. However, egg production will decrease each year.

    Varieties:  Speckled, Red and Light.
      
    Other facts:  In England, another variety is recognized, the Brown (a very dark red color). Some breeders have created additional colors, such as Coronation, Buff, White, and Silver.