Columbian Rock Cross Chickens (as hatched)
Columbian Rock Cross Chickens
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Produced by mating a Rhode Island Red female with a Columbian male, this robust, dual-purpose bird is know for its ability to efficiently produce eggs even in the coldest of climates. An excellent layer of cream colored brown eggs with a calm good natured disposition, this cross is a great choice for the family flock. Females are basic white with the traditional Columbian pattern of black laced across the neck and black-trimmed wing tips and tails. Males have different shades of brown mixed throughout their feathering.
Columbian Rock Cross ChickensUsually one or two chicks die for no apparent reason, but I lost six of these. I was ready to cross these off my list of acceptable hens, until they started laying at the age of four months! We live in northwest PA, and most breeds stop laying for a month or two in the winter. These hens continued to lay lots of eggs right through the cold weather. They only took a rest for one or two weeks in February, and then they started laying lots of eggs once again. This breed will be our favorite now!