Category Archives: Chicken Breeds

Delaware Chickens

History Delawares are a relatively recent breed. They were developed in 1940 from a cross between New Hampshire Red hens and Plymouth Rock roosters.  Occasionally, the cross would produce an off-colored sport, and those were used as parent stock for … Continue reading

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Silkies

History Silkies are a unique breed of chicken, thought to have originated in China or Southeast Asia. The first recorded history of Silkies occurs in Marco Polo’s writings about his travels to Asia in the 13th century, in which he … Continue reading

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Our Best Egg Laying Chickens

Below is a list of our top egg laying chickens. 1. Pearl White Leghorns These are excellent layers of large, white eggs. Pearl White Leghorns are our most prolific layers. They also have an excellent feed conversion ratio, which helps … Continue reading

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Barred Rocks

History Barred rocks were developed in New England in the 1800s. The Barred Rock entered the standard in 1874. The exact heritage of the Barred Rock is slightly unclear, as several people have claimed credit for developing the breed. Barred … Continue reading

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Which Chicken Breeds Do You Recommend for Cold Climates?

Many of our breeds are well-suited for cold climates.  Some of the most popular cold hardy breeds are listed below. Breeds that Lay Brown Eggs Rocks – Barred Rocks, Buff Rocks, White Rocks,  Partridge Rocks, and Silver Penciled Rocks Wyandottes … Continue reading

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Which Chicken Breeds are the Most Likely to Go Broody?

One of our favorite times is when a hen in our home flock goes broody and hatches baby chicks. Some hens and some breeds have a stronger tendency to go broody than others, and some make better mothers than others. … Continue reading

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Which Chicken Breeds Do You Recommend for Warm Climates?

A recent question from one of our blog readers was: I live in the Deep South and I am wondering which breed of chickens would best tolerate the heat and humidity? I am looking for layers, that produce well year … Continue reading

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Our Best Egg Layers

The breeds listed below are our best egg layers.  They lay large eggs, and they lay frequently and consistently. White Egg Layers Pearl White Leghorns – Excellent layers of large, white eggs. They are our most prolific layers and have … Continue reading

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Dark Cornish

History Cornish, originally known as Indian Game, were developed in Cornwall, England in the 1800s by Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert from the Aseel, Old English Game, and Malay.  The Dark Cornish was admitted to the Standard in 1893, and the … Continue reading

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Naked Necks (Turkens)

History The exact origins of Naked Necks, or Turkens, is uncertain, but some archaeologists believe they originated in Malaysia and spread from there. The popular name, Turken, comes from the mistaken belief that it was a cross between a turkey … Continue reading

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