Barred Plymouth Rock

Barred Plymouth Rocks are one of America’s oldest and most popular breeds (1869). They are an excellent dual purpose breed, known for their efficient production of large brown eggs. They are good winter layers, cold hardy, heat hardy, and are moderate foragers. All of their plumage is black and white barred which is the result of the barred (B) gene. Because males are homozygous for the allele (BB) they are therefore lighter.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs/Meat

Brown

250-280

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

March 12, May 14, May 28

Welsummer

The Welsummer is a large, upright, active bird with a broad back, full breast, large full tail and single comb. Welsummers have a docile and friendly personality. The famed Kellogg's Rooster was a Welsummer chicken. The Welsummer roosters are glorious with their beautiful shades of red and black. They are a fast growing bird and a rare breed in the United States.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs/Show

Speckled

Dark Brown

180+

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

March 26, April 2, April 30, May 14

Rhode Island Red

The Rhode Island Red is an American chicken breed. It was developed in the late nineteenth century in Massachusetts and Rhode Island by cross-breeding birds of Oriental origin such as the Malay with brown Leghorn birds from Italy. It was formerly a dual-purpose breed, raised both for meat and for eggs; modern strains have been bred for their egg-laying abilities.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs/Meat

Brown

260

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

February 14, May 14

Production Red

Production reds are a breed developed for the purpose of efficient production of large brown eggs. Production Reds are sometimes called "cherry eggers" produce the largest eggs of any of the dual purpose brown egg breeds and crosses. Mature hens weigh only about 5 pounds and because of this small body size do not produce a large amount of fowl meat following their use as laying hens.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs

Brown

290+

Egg

Size

Personality

Extra Large

Arrival Dates:

February 14, June 11

Light Brahma

Brahma chickens are exceptionally quiet, gentle, and easy to handle. Their small pea comb, great size, and heavy plumage make them almost immune to cold weather. They have feathered legs and lay brown eggs. The Brahma hen makes an excellent mother to chicks and a child friendly pet. The Brahmas stand out in a flock and are good meat birds.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs/Meat

Brown

156

Egg

Size

Personality

Medium

Arrival Dates:

March 6, April 30

Buff Brahma

 Buff Brahma chicks have black backs, gold heads and light-yellow wing tips and chest. They have pea combs and feathered feet and legs. Adults have a buff columbian plumage pattern and fully feathered shanks and toes. Their head is golden buff and hackle feathers are black laced with golden buff. The front of their neck, breast, body and back is white. The main tail is black with the coverts being laced with golden buff. They are considered a dual-purpose bird that lays brown eggs, but they are mainly kept for their unique appearance.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs/Meat

Brown

156

Egg

Size

Personality

Medium

Arrival Dates:

March 26

Easter Egger

Easter Eggers are multicolored with pea combs, beards, muffs and clean, light black or gray legs and feet. They lay bluish green eggs with the occasional bird laying brown eggs.  Easter Eggers are excellent producers of eggs, are cold tolerant, and generally very friendly birds.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs

Blue/Grn/Brwn

250+

Egg

Size

Personality

Medium

Arrival Dates:

February 14, March 19

Jersey Giant

​​The Jersey Giant was developed in New Jersey as one of the largest breeds and is a true giant of the chicken world. The Jersey Giant is a calm and docile breed. The hens lay very large brown eggs, and are fair layers overall, known particularly as good winter layers. The birds are robust and fairly cold-hardy. The breed's plumage comes in blue as well as black and white; legs are willow in hue. Jersey Giant hens tend to go broody.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Meat, Eggs

Brown

260

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

February 21, April 23

Red Sex Links

Red Sex Links are a breed cross using Rhode Island Red males and Delaware females. The females are primarily red while the males are primarily white; therefore, the sexes can be separated immediately following hatching. This layer is used in many commercial layer operations. They have excellent livability, and are very efficient producers of large brown eggs. Mature hens will weigh about 5 1/2 lbs. and can be salvaged for fowl meat.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Meat, Eggs

Brown

290

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

April 16, June 7

Brown Leghorn

Brown Leghorn chicks are brown with two light brown streaks down the back. They have single combs and clean, yellow legs and feet. Adult males have an orange-red head, with hackles that shade to orange-yellow at the shoulder. The front neck, main tail, breast, body and lower back is black. The back, saddle and wingbows are orange red with dull black primaries and secondaries. Adult females have a deep orange head and a light orange neck with black stripes down the middle of each feather. The front of the neck and breast are salmon. The wing fronts, bows, coverts, back and tail coverts are dark brown tipped with light brown. The tail, wing primaries and wing secondaries are brown.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs

White

230

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

February 14, May 7

Sultan

Sultans, which are an ornamental breed, have their origin in Southeastern Europe. All of their plumage is solid white and they are the only breed to have all the extra body parts. They have a crest, beard, muffs, feathers on legs and toes, vulture hocks and five toes on each foot. They are one of only a few breeds, which lay white eggs that do not have white ear lobes. They have white skin and lay medium to small, white eggs, but this extremely rare breed is kept primarily for their beauty and uniqueness.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Ornamental

White

52

Egg

Size

Personality

Med-Small

Arrival Dates:

April 2

Salmon Faverolles

The Faverolles was developed in the 1860s in north-central France, in the vicinity of the villages of Houdan and Faverolles. The Faverolles was the primary breed which produced eggs for the Paris market during the early part of the century. Although primarily kept today as an ornamental and exhibition breed, it remains an excellent layer, as well as a fine meat chicken.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, meat, exhibition

Light brown to pinkish

240

Egg

Size

Personality

Medium

Arrival Dates:

March 5, April 23

Speckled Sussex

The Sussex originates in the historic county of Sussex, in south-east England. It is among the oldest of British chicken breeds.The Sussex is a breed of dual-purpose chicken, reared both for its meat and for its eggs. The Sussex is an alert, docile breed that can adapt to any surroundings. They are comfortable in both free range or confined spaces and in the presence of humans, although they will mate and breed better in larger spaces. The breed frequently goes broody in the warmer months. They are good foragers and are generally vigorous and hardy as a garden fowl.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, meat

Brown tinted

250

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

May 7, June 7

Cuckoo Maran

 Cuckoo Maran chicks are primarily black with a white spot on the top of the head. The front of the neck, wing tips and abdomen are white. They have single combs and clean, black and white feet and legs. All the plumage of adult Cuckoo Marans is cuckoo with each feather marked across with black and white bands. Because of the action of the barred gene, the male plumage is slightly lighter than the female. Female Marans lay extremely dark brown or rich chocolate colored eggs.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, Meat

 Dark brown

150

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

February 21, May 7

French Cuckoo Maran

Cuckoo Marans were developed in France as a dual-purpose breed in the early 1900?s from de Malines, French Cuckoo or Rennes, Langshans, Faverolles and Barred Plymouth Rocks. French Cuckoo Maran chicks are primarily black with a white spot on top of the head, and white on the front of the neck, wing tips and abdomen. They have single combs and feathers on the black and white legs and toes. All the plumage of adult Cuckoo Marans is cuckoo with each feather marked across with black and white bands. Because of the action of the barred gene, the male plumage is slightly lighter than the female. Female Marans lay extremely dark brown or rich chocolate colored eggs.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, Meat

 Dark brown

150

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

May 26

Ideal 236

The Ideal 236 is a breed cross layer developed by Ideal Poultry in the 1960’s and is the most productive, efficient layer sold by Ideal. The breed was specifically bred to be resistant to Mareks disease and although not a show bird a very high producing vigorous breed, with the ability to lay high quality eggs (exterior) for a long period of time without molting.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs

White

236

Egg

Size

Personality

Extra Large

Arrival Dates:

February 21, May 14

Black Australorp

Black Australorp is an abbreviation of the name Australian Black Orpington. They were developed in Australia from Black Orpingtons with an emphasis on egg production. Black Austrolorp chicks are primarily black with white wing tips, chest and abdomen. They have single combs and clean, white and black legs and feet. Adults have solid black plumage with a notable green sheen that is more pronounced in the sunlight. Like most black varieties, they may have some white in the wing tips before they reach maturity.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs/Meat

 Brown

250

Egg

Size

Personality

Extra Large

Arrival Dates:

March 5, May 21

Buff Minorca

Minorcas were brought to England in the 1800's from the island of Minorca in the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain. Buff Minorca chicks are buff or straw colored with some having a small brown spot on the head. They have single combs and clean, white legs and feet. The plumage of adult males and females is golden buff and they have large white earlobes.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Meat, Eggs

White

208

Egg

Size

Personality

Extra Large

Arrival Dates:

March 19

Black Minorca

Black Minorcas were brought to England in the 1800's from the island of Minorca in the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain. Black Minorca chicks are black with white wing tips, chests and abdomens. They have single combs and clean, black and white legs and feet. The plumage of adult males and females is greenish black, and they have large white earlobes. Like other black varieties, Black Minorcas may have some white plumage from hatch until the time they are fully mature. Once mature, female Minorcas are very good producers of large white eggs.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Meat, Eggs

White

200

Egg

Size

Personality

Extra Large

Arrival Dates:

April 2, May 28

Dark Brahma

Dark Brahmas have brown backs and heads with light gray wing tips and chest. They have pea combs and feathered feet and legs. Adult males have a silvery white head and hackles that are greenish black laced with white. Their tail is black, sickles greenish black and coverts greenish black with white lacing. The feathers on their legs, feet, body, wing bows and breast are black. Adult females have a silvery gray head. Their body, breast, back, shank and toe feathers are steel gray with black penciling, and the hackle feathers are black with white lacing. They are considered a dual-purpose bird that lays brown eggs, but they are mainly kept for their unique appearance.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Meat, Egg

Brown

156

Egg

Size

Personality

Medium

Arrival Dates:

March 12, May 21

Dominique

The Dominique, also known as Dominicker or Pilgrim Fowl, is a breed of chicken originating in the United States during the colonial period. It is considered America's oldest breed of chicken,  Dominiques are a dual purpose breed, being valued for their meat as well as for their brown eggs. In earlier times, their feathers were sought after for stuffing pillows and mattresses.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Meat, Eggs

Brown

230

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

March 19, June 7

California White

California Whites are an efficient white egg layer that was developed in the 1950's at Dryden Poultry Breeding Farms in California by crossing California Gray males with White Leghorn females. California White chicks have single combs and are pale yellow with a few black spots. They have clean, yellow legs and feet. Adults have a primarily white plumage with a scattering of black spots along their long and deep body.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Meat, Eggs

White

240

Egg

Size

Personality

Extra Large

Arrival Dates:

March 12, June 7

Silkies

In addition to their distinctive physical characteristics, Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. It is among the most docile of poultry. Hens are also exceptionally broody, and care for young well. Though they are fair layers themselves, laying only about three eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species due to their broody nature.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Ornamental

Tinted Cream

190

Egg

Size

Personality

Small

Arrival Dates:

March 12, May 7, June 11

Silver Spangled Hamburg

The Hamburg originated in Holland prior to the 14th century. They are considered an ornamental, non-sitting, white skinned, producer of white eggs. Silver Spangled Hamburg chicks have black backs with light yellow horizontal stripes down the back. The head, wings, chest and abdomen are light yellow. They have rose combs and clean, leaden blue legs and feet.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Ornamental

White

208

Egg

Size

Personality

Small

Arrival Dates:

March 26

Golden Spangled Hamburg

The Hamburg originated in Holland prior to the 14th century. They are considered an ornamental, non-sitting, white skinned, producer of white eggs. Golden Spangled Hamburg chicks have dark brown backs with light brown horizontal streaks down the back and heads that are gold. The chest is light brown and the remainder of the down is dark brown. They have rose combs and clean, leaden blue legs and feet. 

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Ornamental

White

208

Egg

Size

Personality

Small

Arrival Dates:

March 19

Cream Brabanter

Brabanters are a Dutch breed of crested chicken that originated in the region of Brabant between Belgium and the Netherlands. The breed is very old, with an image of a Brabanter appearing in a 17th century painting. Cream Brabanter chicks are light brown to dark brown with crest, muffs and beard. The clean legs are gray, and if present, the comb is V-shaped. Brabanter adults have a flat sided upright crest that isn't as large or globular as Polish crests. The plumage is cream, with each feather ending with a half-moon black spangle. The tail may be entirely black.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Ornamental

White

150

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

April 16

Crevecoeurs

Crevecoeurs originated from Polish and native French fowls in Normandy and took their name from a village in that region. Crevecoeur chicks are mostly black with white wing tips, chest and abdomen. They have black crests, V-type combs and clean, black and white legs and feet. Adult plumage is entirely greenish black including the crest and beard. The shanks, legs and feet are leaden blue.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, Meat

White

104

Egg

Size

Personality

Medium

Arrival Dates:

April 9

Crested Special

This breed is adorned with large crests that nearly cover the entirety of the head. This crest limits their vision, and as a result can affect their temperament. Thus, though normally tame, they may be timid and easily frightened. Polish chickens are bred primarily as a show bird, but were originally productive egg layers. Accordingly, Polish rarely go broody and are noted for their white eggs.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Ornamental

White

200

Egg

Size

Personality

Mixed

Arrival Dates:

April 9

Naked Neck

It is believed that Naked Necks originated in Eastern Hungary with more concentrated breeding taking place in Germany. The first examples were seen in Britain about 1880 and were known as Transylvanian Naked Necks. Naked Chicks from Ideal Poultry are multicolored and are characterized by an absence of feathers on the neck. They have single combs and clean, yellow legs and feet. Since Ideal Poultry does not breed for any specific color, adult plumage color will vary.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, Meat

Brown

208

Egg

Size

Personality

Medium

Arrival Dates:

April 23

Golden Sex Link

Developed as a Rhode island hybrid this is an efficient layer that is quick to mature. This cross is one of the most popular for use in commercial laying operations for large brown eggs however they do make good foragers as well. Being a sex linked variety of chicken the males and females are born with distinctive coloration differences meaning that it is nearly impossible to accidentally take home a rooster. Adult males are solid white and have a body type similar to a Rhode Island Red. Adult female have a very light red body appearance with white tails, wing tips, hackles and body undercover.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, Meat

Brown

290

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

April 9, June 11

Black Sex Link

Black Sex Links are a breed cross using Rhode Island Red males and Barred Plymouth Rock females. The male chicks have a white spot on the top of their heads and can be separated from the solid black female chicks when they hatch. This cross, which is used in commercial layer operations, is an efficient producer of large brown eggs. They have excellent livability, and hens from this cross weigh about 5 1/2 lbs. and can be salvaged for fowl meat.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, Meat

Brown

290

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

February 28, April 23

Barnevelder

This beautiful bird has a single comb. They are hardy, quiet and don't mind being confined. Their plumage is very tight and of nice texture. Much of the plumage is either black or reddish brown, and has a lustrous greenish-black lacing with black, reddish-brown edging. The Barnevelder has a double-laced partridge pattern. They are hardy birds, good foragers, and decent for meat. Good winter layers with dark brown eggs.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, Show

Dark Brown

180 - 200

Egg

Size

Personality

Extra Large

Arrival Dates:

April 16, May 

Buff Orpington

Orpingtons are raised as a general purpose fowl, producing a heavy carcass and plenty of brown eggs. Buff Orpingtons are a golden variety of the breed which are easy to dress and have pinkish white skin. Their heavy full plumage make them excellent winter layers. They can do well in both confinement or free range. They are quiet, docile and even somewhat affectionate toward handlers. They are very cold-hardy and mature quickly.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs/Meat

Brown

260

Egg

Size

Personality

Extra Large

Arrival Dates:

February 21, April 30

Gold Laced Wyandotte

The true origin of the Wyandotte is unknown, however, Dark Brahmas and Spangled Hamburgs were probably used in the development of the original Silver Laced variety. The Golden Laced Wyandotte was developed in 1880 when a Silver Laced Wyandotte female were crossed with a crossbred Partridge Cochin and Brown Leghorn male. Golden Laced Wyandotte chicks are brown and black with brown streaks down the back. Some have a light chest, abdomen and wingtips. They have a rose comb with yellow and brown, clean legs and feet. Adult males have a gold head with each feather having a black stripe. The neck is greenish black with narrow gold lacing, the back is golden, and the tail is black. The breast feathers are gold with greenish black lacing. Adult females have the same gold feathers with greenish black lacing on their body, back, breast and lower thighs. The female head is gold and the tail is black.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, Meat

Brown

208

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

February 27, April 2

Partridge Wyandotte

The true origin of the Wyandotte is unknown, however, Dark Brahmas and Spangled Hamburgs were probably used in the development of the original Silver Laced variety. Partridge Wyandottes originated from crosses involving Golden laced Wyandottes, Partridge Cochins and Winnebagos. Partridge Wyandotte chicks are light brown with the head and body being much darker. They have rose combs and clean, brown and yellow legs and feet. Adult males have red heads and backs and greenish black hackle and saddle feathers that are laced with red. The wing fronts are black, wing bows red and coverts greenish black, forming a distinct wing bar when folded. The breast body and main tail feathers are black. Adult females have reddish bay heads. The plumage of the back, breast and body is reddish bay with black penciling.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, Meat

Brown

208

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

April 9, May 28

New Hampshire Red

New Hampshire Reds were developed in the early 1900's with Rhode Island Reds as the foundation stock. They were selected for early growth and maturity, meat production and production of large brown eggs. New Hampshire Red chicks are light red with lighter chests and wing tips. They have single combs and clean, yellow legs and feet. Adult plumage is primarily chestnut red with a black tail. Males will appear to be slightly darker because the male sickle, hackle, back, covert and wing bow plumage is a deeper chestnut color.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, Meat

Brown

156

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

February 27, June 11

Ancona

Anconas are very hardy and prolific chickens. They are a  bit wild in their habits – easily flying to avoid potential dangers and ranging over a great area when foraging. They stand frost and snow quite well and will surpass Leghorn chickens as winter layers. The chicks grow quickly, and pullets will often begin laying at five months of age

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs

White

220

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

March 19

Silver Laced Wyandotte

The true origin of the Wyandotte is unknown, however, Dark Brahmas and Spangled Hamburgs were probably used in the development of the original Silver Laced variety. Silver Laced Wyandottes are black with white streaks down the back. The chest and abdomen may be either gray or white, and the wing tips are white. They have a rose comb with yellow and gray, clean legs and feet. Adult males have a white head with each feather having a black stripe. The neck is greenish black with narrow white lacing, the back is white, and the tail is black. The breast feathers are white with greenish black lacing. Adult females have the same white feathers with greenish black lacing on their body, back, breast and lower thighs. The female head is white, and the tail is black.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, Meat

Brown

208

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

February 27, May 21

Columbian Wyandotte

The true origin of the Wyandotte is unknown, however, Dark Brahmas and Spangled Hamburgs were probably used in the development of the original Silver Laced variety. Columbian Wyandottes were developed from a cross of White Wyandottes and Barred Plymouth Rocks. Columbian Wyandotte chicks have gray backs with light yellow heads, wing tips and chests. They have rose combs and clean, yellow legs and feet. Adult males and females have a similar plumage that is primarily white with black markings. The wing primaries are black or black edges while the secondaries have a black inner web and white outer web. The tail is green black except the top two feathers that may be laced with white, and the coverts may or may not be laced with white.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs, Meat

Brown

208

Egg

Size

Personality

Large

Arrival Dates:

April 2, May 21

Golden Lakenvelder

Lakenvelders were first documented in 1727 in Holland, though it is not known whether they originated there or in Germany. Golden Lakenvelders were originally bred by Oskar Vorwerk in Hamburg, Germany in 1900. Golden Lakenvelder chicks have a gold head and chest, while the wing tips are white with the remaining down being black. They have single combs and clean, gray or light black legs and feet. Adult females have a head that is deep black, while the remainder of the plumage is buff. Adult males have a rich black head, neck, hackles, saddle and tail. The breast, body, fluff, wing surface and lower thighs are buff. There is some black in the wings, but when folded they appear buff.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs

White

156

Egg

Size

Personality

Medium

Arrival Dates:

April 9, April 30

Silver Lakenvelder

Lakenvelders were first documented in 1727 in Holland, though it is not known whether they originated there or in Germany. The name Lakenvelder is referred to as meaning white spread over a black field. Silver Lakenvelder chicks have a white head, chest and wing tips while the remainder of the down is black. They have single combs and clean, gray and light black legs and feet. Adult females have a head that is deep black, while the remainder of the plumage is white. Adult males have a rich black head, neck, hackles, saddle and tail. The breast, body, fluff, wing surface and lower thighs are white. There is some black in the wings, but when folded they appear white.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Eggs

White

156

Egg

Size

Personality

Medium

Arrival Dates:

April 16. May 28

Cornish Rock

Cornish Rocks are fast growing broiler crosses that are efficient producers of broiler meat. When broiler rations are fed, producers can expect a six pound broiler in six weeks or less. If feed is not restricted in adult birds the become very sluggish and tend to sit around eating most of the day. Birds can develop fluid retention or weak legs if growth occurs too quickly. If necessary restrict the feed to slow the growth rate if birds become overly sluggish.

Uses

Egg Production

Egg

Color

Meat

N/A

N/A

Egg

Size

Personality

N/A

Arrival Dates:

June 11

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