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We stock a large range of quality hybrid pullets and pure breed chickens although the selection varies throughout the year. Here are some examples of our birds:
The ISA Brown is a hybrid type of chicken, which is the result of crossing Rhode Island Reds and Rhode Island Whites.
It is known for its high egg production which can be in the region of 300 eggs per hen in the first year of laying.
The White Star is another hybrid chicken which has been bred for exceptional egg production, which can range between 300 and 320 eggs per year.
They are based on the Leghorn breed of chicken and lay white eggs.
The Bluebell has been bred from the Maran and Rhode Island Red breeds of chicken. They have attractive blue-grey feathering and produce approximately 240 brown-coloured eggs per year.
They also have the added advantage of being very good-natured birds.
The Black Rock hen was originally bred from specially selected strains of Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth Rock from a single breeder in the East of Scotland. They are predominantly black with golden-brown colouring around the neck. Black Rocks are good layers, providing between 230 and 280 eggs a year in ideal conditions.
The Orpington is a large bird with soft feathering, usually highly docile and therefore suitable for families with small children. The Orpington was originally bred as a dual-purpose breed (meat production and eggs) and lay between 110 and 160 eggs per year. They are available in several colours including Black, White, Splash, Buff and Blue.
The Welsummer is a medium weight bird, with rust-coloured fathering whose eggs are dark-brown and often speckled.
Iit should lay on average 200 eggs per year. Welsummers also have a docile temperament.
A French breed, Faverolles are fairly large with a beard, muffs, feathered feet, and five toes per foot. The most common color is Salmon, the females being brown and cream, but other varieties exist, such as white, black, cuckoo, splash, and blue. Good winter layers of medium-sized, light brown eggs.
The Leghorn is a breed of chicken named after the Italian city of Livorno. Different colour varieties exist: white, red, black tailed red, light brown, dark brown, black, blue, buff, columbian, buff columbian, barred and silver, but we keep the Exchequer, with its distinctive black feathering. They are excellent layers of white eggs (around 280 per year).
This hen was originally bred as an experiment to produce autosexing chicks, i.e. chicks that can be identified at the point of hatching by the colour of their feathers. The breed was formed from a cross between Brown Leghorns and Barred Rock with a bit of Araucana blood added! The latter give the Legbar its slight crest and its blue eggs.
Rhode Island Red
Rhode Island Reds are a hardy breed, so are often used when developing hybrid strains. They are good egg layers, producing 250 to 300 large, light to dark brown eggs per year; in their first year, free-range birds can lay exceptionally large eggs. Hens are typically docile and friendly, male birds can be quite aggressive.
A dual purpose bird (meat & eggs) and one of the most productive pure breeds. They lay 240 to 260 large cream to light brown eggs per year; the Light and White varieties lay best. Other colours are include Brown, Buff, Light (shown), Red, Speckled, Silver, White and Coronation. They are alert, docile and adaptable birds, ideal for more confined spaces.
The Araucana breed originates in Chile, and the birds are distinguished by their distinctive feather tufts near the ears - and the fact that they lay blue or green tinted eggs, usually around 150 per year. They are a medium-weight breed.