Our Laying Hens
The Australorp is a chicken breed of Australian origin, developed as utility breed with a focus on egg laying. It achieved world wide popularity in the 1920s after the breed broke numerous world records for number of eggs laid and has been a popular breed in the western world since. It is considered the honorary National Chicken Breed of Australia, and The most popular colour of the breed is black, which is the only colour recognised in the United States of America, but blue and white are also recognised in its home country and the Poultry Club South Africa recognises buff, splash, wheaten laced and golden in addition.
The Wyandotte is a breed of chicken originating in the United States. The first examples of the breed appeared in the 1870s. Wyandottes are a docile, dual-purpose breed kept for their brown eggs and for meat. They appear in a wide variety of color patterns, and are popular show birds. The Wyandotte lays pale brown or tan eggs and usually has a white ring of feathers around its neck. Wyandotte hens are devoted mothers.
The Sussex chicken is a dual purpose breed of chicken that originated in England around the time of the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43 that is a popular garden chicken in many countries. They come in eight colors (with a couple more being developed) and have a bantam version at 1/4 size; the bantams may be any of the eight colors.
The Marans, French: Poule de Marans, is a breed of chicken from the port town of Marans, in the département of Charente-Maritime, in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France. It was created with the local feral chickens descended from fighting game chickens carried from Indonesia and India. Those original Marandaise fowl were “improved” for the table through recombination with imported Croad Langshans. A favorite at poultry shows, it is a dual purpose fowl known both for its extremely dark eggs and fine meat qualities.
We started our small farm with twenty-six Heritage Breed chicks. They were a combination of Speckled Sussex and Silver Laced Wyandotte hens. All are now laying on a daily basis and we are getting about 22 – 26 eggs daily.
Since last fall we’ve added twenty-three Buff Orpington chicks that are currently pastured in a section of our garden. The idea is to rotate our chickens on an annual basis to allow them to scratch the soil, fertilize with their droppings, and reduce the number of insects in that area. Next year they will move to a new section which will allow them to eat the remains of our garden harvest that we choose not to take. …the cycle will begin.
Recently, we’ve added thirteen Heritage Breed Narragansett Turkey poults. Depending on how many hens and toms we have, some will be made available this fall for purchase.
We now have Khaki Campbell ducklings.
Contact us here if you would like to reserve a turkey, inquire about eggs, or if you just have any question at all.