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Spotlight Breed Of The Week Silver Laced Wyandotte's
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.
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.
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
Adaptable to confinement or free range, calm & docile.
Dual purpose eggs laying and meat production
Occasionally make good mothers
: Cold hardy
: 18-22 weeks Mating ratio
: 9 females to 1 male
Brown Egg size:
Medium - Large
Rate Of Lay:
Good Eggs per year: 180-260
Hen 6.1/2 lbs Rooster: 8 1/2 lbs
Pullet 5 1/2 lbs Cockerel 7 lbs
onfined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird.
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.
Golden laced - Blue laced red- -Barred-- Buff--Black -White-Red- Blue-Silver Penciled--Partridge- Columbian- Buff Columbian-Mille Fleur-
The Silver Laced Wyandotte
is the original Wyandotte and is the parent stock for all varieties.
Spotlight Breed Of The Week Buckeyes
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.
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.
Baby Chick description:
Buff color with some dark brown speckling on heads. Beaks, legs and toes yellow.
Great for free range, calm & docile. Do not tolerate confinement well.
Dual purpose eggs laying and meat production.
Occasionally but make good mothers.
Very hardy can tolerate almost any climate.
20-22 weeks Mating ratio:
8 females to 1 male
Brown Egg size:
Rate Of Lay:
Good Eggs per year: 200-50
Hen 6 ½ lbs Rooster: 9 lbs
Pullet 5 ½ lbs Cockerel 7 lbs
Confined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird
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.
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.
Spotlight Breed Of The Week Dark Brahmas
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!
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
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.
Stoplight Breed Of The Week Speckled Sussex
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
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.
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.
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!
Calm and curious, adaptable to confinement or free range.
Dual purpose eggs and meat
Yes good mothers
: Very hardy
20- 22 weeks Mating ratio
: 10 females to 1 male
Brown Egg size:
Rate Of Lay:
Good Eggs per year:
180 to 240
Hen 7 lbs Rooster: 9 lbs
Pullet 6 lbs Cockerel 7 lbs
Confined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird.
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.
peckled, Red and Light.
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.
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