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White Leghorn

The best and most feed-efficient layer of white eggs. Intelligent, nimble and bubbling with energy. Prefers not to be handled. Aggressive foragers. One of the best tick eaters.

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Welsumer

Intricately stunning feathers. Calm, quiet, strongly prefers to be with other Welsumers. Often lays a speckled brown egg. Somewhat loose-feathered, and the feathers are very soft.

 

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Speckled Sussex

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Sweet tempered old fashioned chickens from Sussex England, where, so we are told, they are just called ‘Speckleds’. White skin with feet that look vaguely pearly. Lush warm brown feathering with blue-black iridescent areas and splashes of large snowflake-like white markings scattered about, but often concentrated on the ‘bib’ and head.

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Silver Spangled Hamburg

Silver Spangled Hamburgs are seasonal layers of small-medium white eggs. Very intelligent and quiet. They prefer to be allowed to roam freely. Aggressive foragers. One of the best tick eating breeds. Long lived. Smaller, light body size. Less winter unhardy than most chickens due to low their profile comb and tightly fitting feathers.

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Rooster

Chickens benefit greatly from being under the watch-care of a rooster, as God designed them to be; flock harmony is noticeably better with a male than without. Throughout the year, you can choose from among young roosters (cockerels) of gentler, calmer breeds that tend to be well-mannered around people and gentle on the hens, without compromising vigilance against predator threats; for high-pressure predator environments, you might select a more robust elite-forces type to serve as a macho flock guard, always vigilant and ready to lay down his life for his girls; or for the pure pleasure of it, select from still other breeds for the enjoyment of their showy colors and spunky personalities. For 2021, we offer a limited selection of males based on availability at any given time.

Availability varies; please inquire.

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Red Sex Link

WE ARE NOW TAKING PREPAID RESERVATIONS FOR APRIL 24th, 2021, WHEN THEY WILL BE 18 WEEKS OF AGE. $28 each. Reservations for live poultry can be made by prepayment in person at our farm market; prepayments for live poultry are non-refundable, but can be converted to store credit. Make your flock complete with a RSL cockerel (male), at the same age; these can be reserved along with your pullets.

Red Sex Links are the best and most efficient layers of the highest quality and quantity of brown eggs. Red Sex Links give you the best return on your money per pound of feed purchased, when measured by weight and quality of eggs produced. Red Sex Links are the high octane race cars among the brown egg layer types, but they are also calm and friendly.

‘Sex Link’ is a generic term for any chicken breed that is the result of crossing two differently colored laying type chickens, with the sex of the offspring being easily identified at the time of hatching by obvious differences in the color of the chicks’ downy coat.

Red Sex Links are available worldwide under various proprietary names such as Hubbard ISA Brown, Hy-Line, Bovans Brown, Red Star, Golden Comet, Cherry Egger, Production Red, Cinnamon Queen and other glamorous titles… but they all perform similarly, at least for backyard flock purposes. Why so many names for this sort of hybrid, you ask? There is international demand for commercial brown egg production, and various breeders select and maintain proprietary male and female chicken bloodlines necessary to produce these very productive birds. We offer the strains that produce the highest egg quality and quantity. In fact, the beautiful, uniform dark brown eggs you see in the supermarket cooler are almost certainly from one of these hybrid strains. While RSLs are relatively hardy and they are quite friendly, so they are especially good for backyard flocks. For these reasons, the Red Sex Link is probably the most widely kept backyard laying hen throughout New England.

On the other hand, while RSLs outcompete all other brown egg layers, they also are more sensitive to variation in nutrition and health maintenance. Think of RSLs as you would the engine of a high performance sports car: It requires 91-octane gas, and it simply won’t run for long on 87 octane. Other, less productive breeds of chickens can tolerate more variation in nutrition. If you choose to include RSLs in your flock, you will be well rewarded if you ensure that they receive a high level of nutrition. We suggest that you avoid feeding empty calories in the form of popcorn, pasta, bread scraps, scratch grains, wild bird seed etc.

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Lakeshore Egger

The Lakeshore Egger is a promising new breed developed in Europe, offering many important features for people wanting good production of colored eggs that size up large. The Lakeshore Egger grows into a variety of feather patterns and was developed for more efficient laying rather than a predictable breed size or appearance.

Range of eggshell color: Pale light blue, blue-green to light minty green, with about 10% of hens laying a brown egg.

The Lakeshore Egger can produce an average of 270 eggs in the first year of lay. As a producer of marketable colored eggs, this new breed can perform essentially as well as the better layers of brown and white eggs.

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