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RARE BREEDS

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*This page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee current or future availability of these breeds. Please also note that we work with laying quality lines and so the descriptions of size, color, and personality on this page are reflective of the production stock we work with. They may not reflect the exhibition standards for these breeds and as such most of our stock is not suited for exhibition purposes.*

 

Black Copper Marans

Marans are a French breed, and although incredibly desirable, they are still considered a rare breed. These are hefty birds that make excellent layers. They are known mainly for their ability to produce dark brown eggs ranging from rich terracotta to a deep chocolate color. They are a medium sized breed, maturing to 5-6 pounds and usually beginning to lay at 24-28 weeks of age.

Splash Marans

Marans are a French breed, and although incredibly desirable, they are still considered a rare breed. The Splash color variety is even rarer still. These are hefty birds that make excellent layers. They are known mainly for their ability to produce dark brown eggs - while the Splash variety does lay a reasonably dark egg, they will not lay quite as dark as their Black Copper cousins. They are a medium sized breed, maturing to 5-6 pounds and usually beginning to lay at 24-28 weeks of age.

Whiting True Blue

Whiting True Blues are a new variety created by brilliant geneticist Tom Whiting. Although Whiting specializes in fly-tying breeds of chicken, he created these to fill the ever-present demand for blue egg laying fowl. Because of their varied ancestry, they come in a variety of one-of-a-kind plumage patterns and leg colors. They can be a bit skittish, but personality varies by bird. They are good layers of large eggs - although overshadowed by the more popular colored egg-laying Easter Eggers, thanks to careful breeding they lay only blue eggs, unlike Easter Eggers which have the potential for any egg color. They often begin laying at a young age, and mature birds weigh 4-5 pounds.

Blue Laced Red Wyandotte

The Blue Laced Red Wyandotte is an American breed. While the breed itself is common, the Blue Laced Red variety is somewhat unusual and prized for their beauty! They are often considered dual purpose fowl, however our line is best suited to egg production or pet uses. They are popular backyard birds due to their beautiful colors, good dispositions, and excellent egg laying ability. They will lay a large brown egg, and typically begin to lay at 20-26 weeks of age. They weigh about 4-6 pounds at maturity.

Appenzeller Spitzhauben

Appenzeller Spitzhaubens are a Swiss breed, and although quite rare, they are stunning thanks to their flashy and abundant crest of feathers. These beautiful birds are very alert, active, and bright. As their feathers may obstruct their sight, they are recommended for smaller flocks. They are acceptable layers of medium-sized white eggs, but are most commonly kept as pets or ornamentals. They are a small breed, maturing to 3-4 pounds and usually beginning to lay at 22-26 weeks of age.

Brabanter (Cream and Gold)

Brabanters are a Dutch breed, and although rather rare, they are stunning thanks to their flashy and abundant crest of feathers. They are commonly seen in two varieties - Cream and Gold, both of which we carry. These beautiful birds are very alert, active, and bright. They are respectable layers of medium-sized white eggs, but are most commonly kept as pets or ornamentals. They are a medium sized breed, maturing to 3-5 pounds and usually beginning to lay at 22-26 weeks of age.

Mottled Houdan

Houdans are a French breed, and although rather rare, they are stunning thanks to their flashy and abundant crest of feathers. These guys can be a little shy around other chickens as their crest can obstruct their eyesight, and are better suited to small flocks. They are respectable layers of medium-sized white eggs, but are most commonly kept as pets or ornamentals. They are a medium sized breed, maturing to 3-5 pounds and usually beginning to lay at 22-26 weeks of age.

Russian Orloff

Russian Orloffs originate, as their name implies, from Russia, and they are very beautiful and unusual fowl. They have a beautiful tricolor feather pattern, and they make excellent layers of large brown eggs and good pets too. You can expect them to mature to 4-5 pounds and begin laying at 22-26 weeks.

Silver Spangled Hamburg

Hamburgs are a Dutch breed, and are beautiful birds with a smart and quick personality. These birds will produce numerous medium, white eggs, and typically begin laying at 20-24 weeks of age. They are a smaller breed, and will mature to 3-4 pounds. Although they are beyond beautiful and excellent layers, they do have a skittish and high strung personality, and do not make the best "lap chickens."

 

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