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Meet the Chickens

Here are photos of each variety of chickens we have.

 

This is an Americana hen, also commonly Easter Egg Chickens. The colors vary for Americana birds. They lay green, or blueish eggs. This one lays green eggs and has green legs.

Left is another Americana hen. She has green legs and a pea comb.

Right is our head rooster, a Barred Plymoth Rock. They are an excellent dual purpose breed, known for their efficient production of large brown eggs. It was developed in the early 1800's by crossing Dominiques and Black Javas.

Left is another Americana hen.

Right is a Gold Star hen.

In the foreground is our other Barred Rock rooster "One Feather" he is our only named chicken. He earned his one feather, or lost the rest of them, most likely from a hawk that has been trying to lift our heavy birds. One day I saw the hawk after our brown Americana. The hawk was very persistent and made contact a few times but these heavy breeds are luckily very heavy but still quick. The hawk was probably 1/3 the size of these birds. I have seen hawks as big however.

Left is a Buff Orpington hen. Another great dual purpose breed. This one was introduced from England in the late 1800's. They are also known as good setters.

Right is, two Black Australorp Hens. You can see the greenish sheen noted in the Black Australorps.

The Silver Laced Wyandotte is as gracefull looking as its name. They have a rose comb and lay brown eggs. They are noted for cold hardiness and laying throught winter.

Left: Let us not forget our Barred Rock Hens. They make up a large percentag of our flock.

In the background to the left is a Production Red. They were developed from a cross of Rhode Island Reds and New Hampshire Reds. They are effecient producers of brown eggs.

Here is our Silkie rooster. He is pretty much useless other than being a fun bird to look at. Well I guess he eats some bugs too.