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There are hundreds of breeds and varieties of chickens. However, most chickens fall into just a few categories; Egg Layers, Meat Birds, Dual purpose—both meat and egg, other such as ornamental birds. Most of our chickens are the Dual purpose, Heritage breeds raised by our grandparents and their parents.
We are not as involved in preserving a specific breed or two of chicken like we are for ducks and geese.Instead we rotate many Heritage dual purpose breeds through the farm over the course of a few years. Some of the many dual purpose breeds we raise are; Barred Plymouth Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Black Australorps, Ameraucanas, and Leghorns. All of these except Ameraucanas lay brown eggs. The Ameraucanas lay either blue or green eggs or Leghorns, which lay white eggs. So do not be surprised to open a dozen of our eggs and get light brown, dark brown, blue, green and white eggs all in the same dozen. They all taste the same—fresh and full of flavor, but just the shell looks different.
The dual purpose birds are all pretty good layers and good for eating. They are not the best of either, but pretty good for both, which is why Grandma raised them. While not laying quite as well as a Leghorn or some of our ducks, dual purpose hens can consistently lay between 260 and 280 eggs in a year. These birds are also excellent stewing hens when they get older.
Meet our free range chickens that produce the eggs you will enjoy.
The animals are fed produce once a week and day old bread each day.
The above is a White Plymouth Rock chicken, they lay a white egg, we only have roosters at this time of this breed.
Some of our future layers
The above is a Rhode Island Red chicken, they lay a light, to medium brown egg.
The above is a Barred rock chicken, they lay a light, to medium brown egg.
The above is a Austrolorp chicken, they lay a light, to medium brown egg.
The above is a Ameraucana chicken, they lay a light, to medium blue or green egg.
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