Our Bourbon Red Turkeys are one of our favorites on the farm. Their beautiful chestnut plumage and uncanning ability to alert the flock to predators have secured them a permanent spot on the homestead. They are a popular heritage breed, yet still on the "watch" list of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy due to having 5,000 or fewer breeding flocks in the country.
Marans origins date back to 13th century France, however it was not accepted by the American Poultry Association as a recognized variety until 2011. Black Copper Marans are known for producing the darkest egg among chickens. We are proud to offer chicks from hens which came from an isolated Little Peddler flock as well as a separate isolated Bev Davis flock. Our current rooster is from Wade Jeane lines, and this combination has proved to strengthen our chicks and give big healthy birds that consistently lay large dark eggs, commonly rating at a 7 on the Marans scale.
Our first Marans egg was from a Wheaten. I love the hens' cream plumage and passive disposition. Ours do have a tendency to go broody, and perhaps next year we'll let them hatch some of their own, but for now we prefer the incubator. Though not sexable at birth, Wheaten chicks are easily sexed from the age of 3 to 4 weeks, as the first wing feathers on the pullet are wheaten, and on the cockerel are black.
The Isbar (aka: Silverudd's Blue) is a Swedish breed and is the only pure breed to naturally lay a green egg. Because they originate from Sweden, they are a cold hardy breed, laying prolifically throughout the cold, dark winter months.
Ameraucana's naturally lay a beautiful, sky blue egg. I originally found these after looking for a bird with similar coloring to a Salmon Faverolle but better egg laying rates. I have fallen in love with the Wheaten and Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas. Like the Wheaten Marans, these too are sexable by 3 to 4 weeks of age.
Hatching Eggs & Incubating
We do sell hatching eggs and have had excellent hatch rates ourselves using a cabinet incubator. We cannot guarantee your hatch rate due to circumstances out of our control, however we can offer suggestions for improved hatch rates. We recommend using a tested incubator for best hatching results. We have had great success using the "dry" incubating method. This is where water is only added to raise humidity when it dips below 20% during the first 19 days of incubation. Please be aware that the darker the egg, the more difficult it is to hatch. There are countless theories on this, but the truth is, results will vary.
Please contact us for more information about availability & to order hatching eggs.