Updated on September 8, 2016
We are no longer accepting poultry orders for the 2016 season. Everything is sold out. You may place an order for 2017 at any time. If the order and your complete payment (in the form of a check or money order) is received in our office by November 1, 2016 you may use the pricing from the 2016 catalog. If it is received after November 1, you will be subject to the new pricing for 2017.
Hatch Weeks: March 15, 29; April 12, 26; May 10, 24; June 7, 21; July 5, 19; August 2, 16, 30; September 13, 27; October 11, 25.
Order limits: The number in parenthesis after a breed is the maximum number of that breed that is available from any one hatch. you may order fewer than that number if you would like. if you would like more than that number of that particular breed, you must order enough birds for two (or more) separate shipments from two (or more) separate hatch dates.
PLEASE REMEMBER ALL DAY-OLD POULTRY IS SOLD AS STRAIGHT RUN ONLY. WE DO NOT SEX ANY OF THE DAY-OLDS. Since we do not sell sexed chicks, we have no control over what you receive as far as a male-female ratio. Ideally, it is supposed to be a 50-50 split, but anyone who has been in poultry knows it can vary from that.
PLEASE NOTE MINIMUM NUMBER OF BIRDS REQUIREMENT BEFORE ORDERING!
You MUST order the equivalent of 25 chicks per order. This is required because the chicks will not stay warm enough to arrive alive at your Post Office if there are too few chicks in the box. There are some hatcheries, etc. who are shipping as few as three chicks in a box. We do not know how they are doing this or if it works. The only option that we have to keep the chicks warm enough to ship is by the body heat of the chicks. Please do not ask us to ship less than this minimum requirement.
We maintain a large number of full size chicken breeds. Our assortments are nothig like anywhere else as you are more than likely to get more rare breeds than common ones. You will get a great chance to experience rare and heritage poultry without a great outlay of expense. In fact I always recommend to first time chicken raisers to get an assortment and explore the world on their own and ignore all the internet reviews and recommendations on a particular breed. Do your own research and find your own favorite that matches with your climate, lifestyle, and personal interests.
ASSORTED CHICKENS: Chicks $1.35 each. (100 per hatch) This assortment may be made up from any of the breeds of large fowl chicks listed in our catalog. You may receive anything from the most common to the rarest, depending upon what is left after specific breed orders have been filled. An order for 25 chicks will usually include 4 or 5 different breeds.
ASSORTED HEAVY CHICKENS: Chicks $1.75 each. (50 per hatch) No guarantee as to what will be included, but it will be from the following list. We will try to include at least 3 breeds, never will it be just 1 breed if your order more than 5 Assorted Heavy Chickens: Ameraucanas, Australorps, Barred Hollands, Buckeyes, Chanteclers, Cochins, Cuckoo Marans, Delawares, Dominiques, Dorkings, Faverolles, Frizzles, Giants, Iowa Blues, Javas, New Hampshires, Orpingtons, Partridge Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Rhode Island Whites, Shamos, Spangled Russian Orloffs, Sussex, Welsummers, or Wyandottes. Most heavy breed chickens lay brown eggs.
ASORTED LIGHT CHICKENS: Chicks $1.45 each. (50 per hatch) This will be from the following breeds. No guarantees, but will not be all of one breed if you order more than 5 Assorted Light Chickens. Anconas, Blue Andalusians, Buff Catalanas, Buttercups, Campines, Crevecouers, Cubalayas, Egyptian Fayoumis, Hamburgs, Icelandics, Kraienkoppes, La Fleche, Lakenvelders, Leghorns, Norwegian Jaerhons, Minorcas, Polish, or Sumatras. Most light breed chickens lay white eggs.
SUPER ASSORTED CHICKENS: Chicks 25 for $30.00; and 50 for $55.00 (Sold in units of 25 or 50) Can be any of the full size breeds we offer. Will usually contain at least 6 breeds in an order of 25, but can contain more than 10 breeds.
Ameraucanas are sometimes called the "Easter Egg Chicken" because they lay green, blue or olive eggs as well as brown. Many places list "Araucanas" but they are really "Ameraucanas." Araucanas are rumpless and have ear tufts (tufts of feathers that grow from the ear). Ameraucanas, however, have a tail and a beard or muff (which is a group of feathers located under the chin). Our mixed color Ameraucanas are not of APA Standard quality. They lay an assortment of colors of eggs though only eggs of "greenish" shades are incubated. Our Black Ameraucanas and Blue Ameraucanas are both selected for the APA Standard. While the APA Standard calls for a blue egg, I've yet to ever see in anyone's Ameraucana flock what I would call a "blue" egg. Most I've seen are shades of "greenish blue". This is why we list ours as laying a greenish blue egg. Ameraucanas have a pea comb.
Ameraucana ("Easter Eggers") (MISC) A mixture of types and colors. These are not exhibition stock, but are very good sized and make a hardy dual purpose fowl. While we select for all breeders to have beards (muff of feathers under the chin), occasionally, some chicks will not. Egg color will vary between pale green, olive green, occasionally brown, or olive green with brown spots. Chicks $3.25 each (20) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Black Ameraucana (MISC) We were fortunate to obtain two different blood lines from show quality stock. These are pure black birds with beards and they lay greenish blue eggs. Chicks $5.50 each (15)(SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Blue Ameraucana (MISC) Typical blue genetics. (See Poultry Glossary Page for "Blue Genetics" explanation.) Bearded layers of blue green eggs. Chicks $5.50 (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
This is an APA group based upon the principle that they were all developed and perfected here in North America. As a general rule these birds all have yellow skin and legs. The breeds in this class are listed in the APA Standard unless otherwise noted.
Barred Holland: A barred, medium-sized breed, not as big as Barred Rocks, and good layers of a white or tinted egg. They have a single comb with six well-defined points. These were developed in 1934 from White Leghorns, Barred Rocks, Australorps and Brown Leghorns. Chicks $5.00 each (25) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 7/19/16)
Buckeye: Large sized, dark rich red color, small to medium sized pea comb, gentle temperament. Lay a nice brown egg. These originated in Ohio in the early 1900's. Chicks $5.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Delaware: They are a fast grower, lay huge brown eggs, have moderately large single comb with five well-defined points, white with gray/black cuckoo neck, tail and wing feathers. These were developed in 1940 from off-colored sports between Barred Rock male and New Hampshire female. They are an excellent choice for free-range broilers. Over the years I've attempted to select for large-sized eggs. There appears to be a number of "Delawares" available from other sources that do not anywhere match the traits that we have found to be true for this breed. A "true" Delaware should not be a light weight, flighty bird. We are trying to select for the fastest growing and most productive hens, but with reasonable egg size. Chicks $4.00 each (25) These always sell out fast. Make sure you check the availability online before ordering. (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Dominique: "America's Chicken", barred pattern, small to medium rose comb. Very early American breed. They are brown egg layers. They are a medium sized breed. Chicks $4.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 9/13/16)
Erminettes: We are still concerned about culling too heavily and limiting our genetic diversity on these birds. We have made two pens - those with gold spots and those with black. While there will be some overlap with the genes involved, leg color is an issue as both white and yellow legs are present. Once there gets to be a larger population, we will need as a group of interested individuals, to decide which route to take. This breed is not as yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $5.00 each (15) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 8/2/16)
Mottled Java: One of the older breeds of poultry admitted to the Standard in 1883. Brown eggs, rather small single combs. The breed is an excellent forager, but grows very slowly. Only order this breed if you have the patience to watch them develop. Color pattern is black with white spotting. Chicks $5.50 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Iowa Blue: Gray penciled pattern, pale brown eggs, medium to moderately large single comb with six points. Please note that these are not a blue chicken. Developed near Decorah, Iowa in the early 1900's. The breed was in desperate need of new blood and I have worked for a years to introduce new blood. There is still a slight possibility of an off-type bird. Chick color will range from a warm cocoa brown to black to an occasional mottled one. This breed is a somewhat seasonal layer of pale brown eggs. They go in spurts. When not broody, we get lots of chicks and then all of a sudden they go broody and we get nothing. These are not recognized by the APA Standard. They do not have yellow legs. They make a nice breed for someone who wants a good forager which will set on eggs. Chicks $5.00 each (20) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 7/19/16)
New Hampshire: A nice sized pale red orange bird which is a good dual purpose fowl and lays a nice big brown egg. They have a medium sized single comb with five points. We have selected for production first, and show type second. Chicks $4.00 each (15) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Partridge Rock: Colorful breed where the hens are an off-shade of brown with pencilling. Males are somewhat tri-toned with red, brown and black. Birds are vigorous and thrifty and lay a brown egg. They have a medium sized single comb with five points. Chicks $4.00 each (15)
Rhode Island Red: Deep red in color with rich yellow legs. They lay a brown egg and have a single comb. These are not the commercial variety called "Production Reds" but are the "true" Rhode Island Reds. Chicks $4.00 each (15) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 7/19/16)
Rose Comb Rhode Island Red: Deep red in color with rich yellow legs. They lay a brown egg. They have a nice, true rose comb. Admitted to the APA Standard in 1905. Chicks $6.00 each (20) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 8/2/16)
Rose Comb Rhode Island White: Admitted to the APA Standard in 1922. Ours are rose comb, true to type as indicated in the APA Standard. They lay a brown egg. Chicks $6.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT FOR 2016)
Jersey Giants originated in the 1880's from crossing Black Javas, Dark Brahmas and Black Langshans. The key to Giants is their slow growth. They have a massive bone structure that they put on first before body mass. Please remember these grow very slowly. Jersey Giants have a large single comb with six points.
Black Jersey Giant: A super large chicken that lays a nice large brown egg. Chicks $5.00 each (20) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 7/19/16)
Blue Jersey Giant: Same as the Black Jersey Giant except a nice blue color. Brown eggs. (See Glossary on Poultry Catalog Page for "Blue Genetics" explanation) Chicks $5.00 each (15)
White Jersey Giant: White version of the magnificent black birds. Lay brown eggs. We are noticing some interesting things occurring - one of which is the occassional, almost lilac gray adult bird. We have kept a totally closed flock since obtaining these from Mrs. Miller in 1995. It has been an interesting study in genetics. Many will not meet APA standards but are hardy and productive. Chicks $5.00 each (10)
The first Canadian breed originating in Quebec in 1918. They are a dual purpose fowl - yellow skin, brown eggs, unique cushion shaped comb that makes them easily adapted to cold climates. These are very popular and book up fast.
Buff Chantecler: A buff colored version of Chantecler. Very attractive stocky built birds. They lay a very pale brown egg. These have not yet been admitted to the APA Standard. Chicks $6.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT TO 9/13/16)
Partridge Chantecler: Still working on improvement of comb type. Body type is good. Colorful breed where the hens are an off-shade of brown with penciling. Males are somewhat tri-toned with red, brown and black. Chicks $6.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Red Chantecler: A newer creation of this breed. Shades of reddish orange. Good layers and colorful. These have not yet been admitted to the APA Standard. Chicks $6.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT TO 7/19/16)
White Chantecler: They have a massive structure and are a calm breed with a very tight to the head comb and virtually no wattles. They lay a very pale brown egg. Chicks $6.00 each (15) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 7/19/16)
The breed originated in the 1880's in New York and Wisconsin. Medium weight, dual purpose fowl with yellow skin and eggs in shades of brown. They all have a rose comb.
Black Wyandotte: Deep black in color. Chicks $5.00 each (10)(SOLD OUT TO 8/16/16)
Blue Laced Red Wyandotte: Gorgeous color pattern of blue lacing on a red to reddish gold bird. Remember with Blue, the multiple possibilities for off types occur. Chicks $5.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Buff Wyandotte: A solid buff color, yellow legs. Chicks $5.00 each (10)
Columbian Wyandotte: Stocky built birds, white with black neck & tail feathers. Chicks $5.00 each (10)
Golden Laced Wyandotte: Golden laced pattern, orange and black, used to be called Winnebagos. They are one of the oldest of the Wyandotte breeds. Chicks $5.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Silver Laced Wyandotte: The oldest Wyandotte. First admitted to the APA Standard in 1883. Chicks $5.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Silver Penciled Wyandotte: Males are silvery necked with black breasts. Females are silvery penciled gray. Chicks $5.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT FOR 2016)
Asiatic is an APA classification which includes most of the feather-footed breeds of poultry. Most of these breeds originated on the continent of Asia. On all Asiatics we select for the largest size that is still naturally mating. All lay pale brown eggs and have a medium sized single comb with five points.
Black Cochin: One of the oldest varieties of Cochins. Very bulky. Coal black in color. Chicks $5.00 each (5)
Black Langshan: Glossy black with bright red combs. Seem to always look groomed. Tall stature with a few feathers on the legs and toes. Chicks $5.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Blue Cochin: Solid blue, (See Glossary on Poultry Catalog Page for "Blue Genetics" explanation.) Chicks $5.00 each (10)
Blue Langshan: Blue version of the Black Langshan. (See Glossary on Poultry Catalog Page for "Blue Genetics" explanation.) Chicks $5.00 each (5) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Buff Cochin: Large size, gentle, soft buff color. Chicks $5.00 each (10)
All members of this APA classification group were developed in Great Britain and have the characteristic white skin and usually white legs with a pinkish streak. Most of them tend to lay what would be considered a tinted egg (off-white).
Black Australorp: Faster growing than the Black Orpington but slightly smaller in size. We are selecting for rapid growth, good size and heavy egg production. Lay brown egg and have a medium large single comb with five points. Chicks $4.00 each (20) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Buff Cornish: While not superb show stock, we added these for a breeding project. They have a nice carcass and grow at a reasonable rate. Chicks $4.00 each (5) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Cuckoo Scots Dumpy: We are most concerned that more flocks of this breed get established. They are a unique, stocky bird. The short legged gene is lethal so some birds will have longer legs. They are a typical Cuckoo pattern, docile and easy to handle. They lay a nice sized, tinted egg. Chicks $10.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT FOR 2016)
Light Sussex: A typical Columbian pattern with black neck, tail and wing feathers and white elsewhere. We are very grateful to Ron Dinger for obtaining and sharing with us two diverse lines and for his work to improve this beautiful breed. They lay very pale brown eggs and have a medium sized single comb with five points. Chicks $6.00 each (10)
Red Sussex: We've been working with two (2) strains of this rare English breed for some time. We've been hesitant to offer them as they still show some variability. We find them to be vigorous and thrifty but still show color variations. They lay a very pale brown egg and have a medium sized single comb with five points. Chicks $5.00 each (15)
Redcaps: Unique old British breed, spangled red/brown black color. We are selecting for large size - something that is lost in most commercial strains. Egg color is tinted creamy white. They have a unique rose comb covered with large round points. Chicks $5.00 each (15) (SOLD OUT FOR 2016)
Speckled Sussex: White spots on a chestnut brown background. They have white skin and white legs. Egg color is a very pale tan. They have a medium sized single comb with five points. Adult birds grow to a nice, large size. Chicks $4.00 each (10)
A general purpose fowl for eggs and meat. Hens are good setters and mothers. Orpingtons originated in the 1880's in England. Skin color is white. They all have a single comb with five points and lay a light brown egg.
Black Orpington: Large, true Orpington type, solid black in color. Common at one time, now very difficult to find. Chicks $6.00 each (15)(SOLD OUT TO 8/30/16)
Blue Orpington: Nice, rich, slate blue colored birds. Gentle and calm. (See Glossary on Poultry Catalog Page for "Blue Genetics" explanation.) Chicks $6.00 each (25) (SOLD OUT TO 8/30/16)
Buff Orpington: Large, golden buff color, white skin, white legs. We keep birds that are selected from a cross of a large exhibition strain and a high production strain. Chicks $4.00 each (15) (SOLD OUT TO 8/2/16)
Cuckoo Orpington: Large blocky birds that are cuckoo in color pattern. Variations in the depth and color of the cuckoo will occur. Chicks $6.00 each (15)
Lavender Orpington: Soft, pale lavender blue color. Very eye-catching. Chicks $7.50 each (10) (SOLD OUT FOR 2016)
White Orpington: White skin, feathers and legs. Occasional grey legged birds show up. Chicks $5.00 each (10)
An ancient breed having been described by Julius Caesar. Slow growing, but constant and thrifty foragers. All Dorkings make wonderful dual purpose birds for eggs and meat. The egg color is a tinted white. Skin and leg color are white. They all possess a fifth toe. They like to go broody which makes chicks scarce at times. Please be patient. They are notorious for laying during the shorter day-length time of the year so egg production from these can be quite good during the cold Winter days. Living here in Iowa, I have seen them lay quite well in -25 deg.F weather. Once the warmer Spring weather arrives all the members of a particular pen can turn broody within a day or two. They are stubborn and persistent and many times, during the prime Spring hatching season, we are left with few eggs. When ordering this breed, you must understand this trait and not expect your chicks at a specific time.
Black Dorking: A rare color that, in an effort to save it from drastic inbreeding, I crossed with other colors of Dorkings. We are getting both comb types (rose and single) and, while a predominent number are pure black, some off colors (principally dark gray and birchen) are showing up. Chicks $6.50 each (15)
Colored Dorking: Slightly variable in color. Males neck and saddle feathers can be silvery to golden straw colored. The remaining feathers are basically black with light straw lacing. Females will vary from silvery to golden straw with varying chest colors. Color variations occur within this variety. They have a single comb with six points. Chicks $6.50 each (15)
Cuckoo Dorking: Still not perfected but a stocky color version to the breed. Cuckoo color pattern (grey and white barring). Chicks $6.50 each (5)
Dark Grey Dorking: Slightly variable in color, but similar to Dark Brahmas in color. Chicks $6.50 each (5)
Light Grey Dorking: They still need some improvement as to color, but we are continuing to select for the Columbian pattern of white with black neck, tail and wing feathers. They lay off-white eggs. This breed is not yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $6.00 each (5)
Red Dorking: Excellent quality. Adults resemble chunky, low to the ground Brown Leghorns. They have a single comb with six points. Good Winter layers, hardy and disease tolerant. They have a very old history. Chicks $6.50 each (20)
Rose Comb Colored Dorking: The rose comb version of a very old type that is very hardy and lays well. Males are a color similar to a Silver Grey only with golden straw colored neck and saddle feathers. Hens are mostly black with lighter breasts and straw colored lines on the feather shafts. Some slight variations of this due to the genetics involved can be expected. This breed is not yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $6.50 each (10)
Rose Comb Red Dorking: Rose comb version of Red Dorking. According to Dorking expert, Craig Russell, we have two lines - Traditional in which the hens are the color of Brown Leghorns and Clays which are more of a Wheaten pattern. Males look the same but two colors of hens will occur. This breed is not yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $6.00 each (15)
Silver Grey Dorking: Ancient breed, males are a silvery white with black, females are a silvery grey with salmon colored breast feathers. They have a single comb with six points. Chicks $6.50 each (5) <
White Dorking: White, large, pale tan eggs. The APA standard calls for a Rose comb bird, however, we keep both rose comb and single comb birds in order to maintain vigor and productivity. Chicks $6.50 each (10)
A large group of breeds that all originated in the Mediterranean region of the world. They all lay white eggs. This group of birds is better suited for hot weather climates because of their large combs. In our colder climate in unheated buildings, these breeds get frost-bitten combs most every Winter. While the birds usually recover from this, it leaves them less "beautiful looking" and usually means chick supply is limited early in the season while the birds are recovering from the frostbite.
Ancona: Nicely spotted white on black. We are selecting for a heavy production bird. White egg layers. Anconas were developed in a city in Italy from which they take their name. They have yellow skin and a single comb with five points. Introduced into the APA Standard in 1898. Chicks $4.00 each (15)
Black Penedescenca: Black Minorca-like chicken with a unique single comb that has almost a crown at the back side. They lay a dark, dark brown egg. Their behavior is very flighty and is similar to a Leghorn. They have an unusual comb - - - single in the front with multiple lobes at the rear. Our strain tends to not have the pure white ear lobes. We strive to select for darkest egg first, comb type second. Our males tend to have bright white ear lobes and the proper combs. Hens tend to have less white ear lobes and not always the best combs. This breed is not yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $7.00 each (15) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 7/19/16)
Blue Andalusian: Large sized beautiful blue color. Excellent layers of white eggs. They have a single comb with five points. Large combs of male make winter hardiness a challenge. (See Glossary on Poultry Catalog Page for "Blue Genetics" explanation.) Admitted to the APA Standard in 1874, a graceful, hardy breed from Andalusia, Spain. Chicks $4.00 each (15)
Buff Catalana: Originally from Catalana, Spain. Now much more common in Latin America, but very rare in the USA. We are still trying to work with them to refine color and conformation. The birds are deep, rich buff with black tails. They lay large white eggs and have a single comb with six points. Chicks $4.00 each (25)
Partridge Penedescenca: Their color is slightly variable with the females being marked similar to a Light Brown Leghorn. The males are more variable in color but resemble slightly the Light Brown Leghorn male in color. Leg color varies from slate blue to off-white. They are rather large fowl with an extremely nervous temperament. They have varying degrees of the typical Penedescenca comb which is a single comb with a crown at the back. Our primary method of selection is for the darkest egg possible. Too many double yolked eggs makes chick supply poor. Chicks $7.00 each (5) (SOLD OUT TO 8/2/16)
Sicilian Buttercup (MB): Originated in Sicily. Male is orange red with some black spangles. Hen is buff with parallel rows of black spangles. They have a unique buttercup shaped comb, something like moose antlers. White eggs. First came to America in 1835. These are not large chickens. Chicks $4.00 each (10)
The original breed came from Italy, but most of the color variations were developed in either England, Denmark, or the United States. All of ours have single combs with five points.
Black Leghorn: Solid black leghorn with excellent egg-laying ability. White eggs. Occasional off-color feather shows up. Birds are very thrifty and grow fast. They forage well. Chicks $4.00 each (25)
Exchequer Leghorn: Beautiful mottled pattern distinctive from Ancona in the large amounts of white. Rare in this country. Superb layers of large white eggs. Maintaining yellow legs is the biggest challenge. This breed is not yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $5.00 each (20)
Mille Fleur Leghorn: Our dear friend, Ron Nelson, shared these with us. Colored similar to a Mille Fleur D'uccle bantam. These are rather mild mannered for a Leghorn. They lay an off-white egg. This breed is not yet listed in the APA Standard. There is still some variability with these but they are colorful and good layers. Chicks $5.00 each (20) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 6/7/16)
Red Leghorn: Deep red color, nice temperament for the breed, medium, off-white eggs. Chicks $4.00 each (5) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Rosecomb Brown Leghorn: A slightly smaller version of the single combed birds. These are of the show type and therefore are not as productive and do not lay as large of an egg. Chicks $5.00 each (5)
Single Comb Light Brown Leghorn: Medium sized chicken, very good layers of large to jumbo size white eggs. Chicks $4.00 each (15)
Largest of the Mediterraneans. Long, strong bodies, large combs and wattles which can make winter hardiness a challenge. They are excellent layers of large, white eggs. All of ours are single comb with six points.
Black Minorca: Pure black. They were admitted to the APA Standard in 1888. They are excellent layers of large, white eggs. Ours are from a superb show strain noted for heavy production of large eggs. We do have egg eating problems with these. They would do much better in a free range situation. These are very large birds (do not confuse them with common, smaller, commercial types). Chicks $5.00 each (15)
Buff Minorca: We have combined 3 commercial strains. These are not as large as the blacks. They do grow fast and dress out beautifully clean. They are excellent layers of white eggs and are thrifty and great foragers. Chicks $4.00 each (25)
White Minorca: When ALBC did a survey of important breeds in our country's development, I realized I hadn't seen one since I was a child. In those days there were large flocks, but now I doubt there are 100 in the whole United States. Ron Nelson, shared some nice birds with us. This breed is another example of where we need to wake up before it is too late. Chicks $5.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT FOR 2016)
A group of breeds classified together based upon their European origins.
Barnevelder: I first saw a black and white photo of these in 1975, then spent the next 15 years looking for them. The first ones that I found were picture perfect to the APA Standard, but layed a very pale, almost not brown egg (a serious defect in this breed). Should be a dark chocolate brown egg. The second flock I located looked good but didn't lay well and didn't lay a very dark egg. The next flock layed a dark egg, but layed very few eggs and had no resistance to any pests or disease. I have found other flocks and strains and have tried to improve both egg color and vigor as well as trying to improve disease tolerance. After 15 years of work crossing all of these strains, I have some nice, dark egg layers that lay fairly well. These do not lay well in heat or cold. They like it temperate. We are still working on breed hardiness and improvement of egg color. Chicks $6.00 each (5) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Golden Campine: Deep rich golden neck feathers. Striking appearance, originating in Belgium. They have a single comb with five points. White eggs, vigorous foragers. These were admitted to the APA Standard in 1914. Chicks $5.00 each (10)
Golden Lakenvelder: Same as Lakenvelder except a rich gold replaces the white feathers, white eggs. They are truly beautiful and have a single comb with five points. This breed has not yet been admitted to the APA Standard. Chicks $6.00 each (10)
Golden Penciled Hamburg: A small sized, very old Dutch breed which was admitted to the APA Standard in 1874. Males and females are golden penciled and attractive. Chicks $5.00 each (10)
La Fleche: A rare old French breed with a unique v-shaped comb that looks much like 2 points going straight up (like two horns). Birds are pure black and lay a white egg. The head is such a unique shape the chicks can easily be picked out. Chicks $5.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Lakenvelder: A white chicken with black neck, tail and wing feathers. They are medium sized, lay a white egg and are excellent foragers. They have a single comb with five points. These are an established German breed from at least 1860. Chicks $5.00 each (15) (SOLD OUT TO 7/19/16)
Mahogany Faverolle: A colorful Faverolle where the males are a partridge color and the hens are a rich mahogany brown color, pale brown eggs. They have a medium size single comb. These came to me as a selection from a hatchery which is now out of business. They are thrifty and productive, but do not have an ancient history. This breed is not yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $5.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Partridge Barnevelder: A color variant found at one time in Europe. I obtained these with some regular Barnevelders. They are fairly docile and lay a medium brown egg. Some are darker than others. Color pattern is similar to a Partridge Rock, but many females lack pattern in chest area. Hens are productive layers. Chicks $5.00 each (15)
Salmon Faverolle: Originated from crosses of Houdans, Dorkings and Asiatics in Faverolle, France. They lay tinted colored eggs. Calm, elegant birds with a medium size single comb. Males are greenish black with silver white neck and hackle feathers. Hens are a soft creamy tan. Both have muffs, five toes and feathered legs. Chicks $5.00 each (20)
Silver Campine: Single comb, deep rich silver neck feathers, always sharp and striking looking. They have a single comb with five points and lay white eggs. Chicks $5.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Silver Penciled Hamburg: Very old Dutch breed that was admitted to the APA Standard in 1874. Males are a silver-gray with slight barring. Females are neatly penciled. They have a rose comb covered with small points. Chicks $5.00 each (5) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 7/5/16)
Welsummer: Named after the village of Welsum in Holland. Most famous for the deep, dark brown eggs. Medium sized bird with yellow skin and a single comb with five points. Color pattern of chicks and adults is similar to Brown Leghorns. Chicks $5.00 each (25) (SOLD OUT TO 8/30/16)
White La Fleche: These sports have shown up in the Black La Fleche for years. They are really a smokey gray color, not a pure white. Chicks $6.00 each (5) (SOLD OUT FOR 2016)
Black Copper Maran: Basically black with reddish tint on the hens in the neck and breast area. Males have more red. Feather legged. Currently the darkest brown eggs we have. Chicks $7.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Blue Copper Maran: Beautiful, deep blue color with fiery orange-red neck and hackle feathers in the males. Females have fewer orange-red feathers. Lay deep, dark brown egg. Chicks $7.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Blue Wheaten Marans: Definitely not perfected, but beautiful bluish feathers in among the wheaten basic color. Eggs are very dark. Roosters are exceptionally colorful. Chicks $7.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Cuckoo Maran: Both French (feather-legged) and English (clean-legged) strains are kept together. Selection is for the darkest color in the eggs. During their first year of laying they are superb layers. From the second year on they love to become broody and egg production drops off. Of the dark egg laying breeds, these are the tops for production. They have a single comb with five or more points. Chicks $5.00 each (20)
Wheaten Maran: Typical wheaten color pattern. These are still showing some variability in the color pattern. Lay a deep, dark brown egg. Chicks $7.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT TO 7/19/16)
Crested fowl are mentioned in historical writings from the 1500's. The following lay medium to large sized white eggs. They all have a v-shaped comb.
Black Crested Blue Polish: A selection that is solid blue with a darker blue/black crest. Many of the crests will be a deeper shade of blue, but not necessarily black. This breed is not currently in the APA Standard. (See Glossary on Poultry Catalog Page for "Blue Genetics" explanation.) Chicks $3.50 each (10)
Black Polish: A selection that is pure black with no beard. They are larger than the White Crested Blacks and lay a white egg. This breed is not yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $4.00 each (10)
Buff Laced Polish: Bearded, crested, soft buff color, huge crests, white eggs. Chicks $4.00 each (10)
Crevecoeurs: Solid black in color, crested, with a beard, lays white eggs. Very old French breed. Chicks $4.00 each (10)
Golden Polish: Bearded, white eggs, golden laced pattern, orange and black. Chicks $4.00 each (10)
Red Polish: A nice, colorful pale orange/red to red version of the crested fowl. Chicks $5.00 each (5)
Silver Polish: Silver laced pattern, bearded, striking color pattern, white eggs. Chicks $4.00 each (10)
White Crested Black Polish: Black body with white crests, thrifty and excellent layers of medium sized white eggs. Chicks $4.00 each (10)
White Crested Blue Polish: A soft, blue color with a white crest, lays white eggs. Some chicks will come out in the typical blue genetics pattern. (See Glossary on Poultry Catalog Page for "Blue Genetics" explanation.) Chicks $4.00 each (10)
White Polish: For years I've wanted to add this color variety to my collection of crested fowl. The only problem has always been that no matter where I have obtained stock, the stock all seemed weak in one way or another - either succumbing to any ailment or slow growing, etc. As stubborn as I am, I kept up and finally have reached what I think is a very acceptable introduction. These are nice sized, lay well, and seem to withstand most stresses of heat, cold and diseases. The color is a nice white with an occasional grayish cast bird. Both bearded and non-bearded are kept together. Chicks $4.00 each (15)
A broad grouping of birds that tended to have been developed (or selected for) in the Orient. All Orientals lay a very pale brown egg.
Black Breasted Red Cubalaya: Developed in Cuba from original stock imported from the Phillipines. They have a small pea comb, off-white eggs. Males are typical Black Breasted Red pattern. Hens are cinnamon color. Chicks $5.00 each (15)
Black Breasted Red Kraienkoppes: Unique, old, Dutch type game fowl, males are the Brown Leghorn color pattern, the hens are a cinnamon color or the color of Brown Leghorn hens. They have a small walnut comb and are fairly small sized, but lay extremely well and, for the most part, have a nice temperament, off-white eggs. Select your breeders to have uniform walnut combs. They are excellent foragers and mothers. This breed is not as yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $3.00 each (15)
Black Breasted Red Shamo: Tall in size, gentle around people, but can be very fierce fighters around other fowl. They do not lay an abundance of pale brown eggs, as they are one of the more primitive types. They have a small pea comb and are hard feathered like a Cornish. The hens are not the color of Brown Leghorns, but are a cinnamon color. Chicks $6.00 each (5)
Black Frizzle Sumatra: Same as the Black Sumatra, but with the frizzle gene. (See Glossary on Poultry Catalog Page for "Frizzled Gene" explanation.) Very attractive version which we obtained from Ed Hart. They have a small pea comb. This breed is not as yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $5.00 each (10)
Black Shamo: Pure black in color, pale brown eggs. Occasional off-colored feather can be seen. They have a small pea comb. Chicks $6.00 each (5)
Black Sumatra: Native to Sumatra. Rich greenish black in color. Multiple spurs are common in males. They have a small pea comb. Chicks $4.00 each (15)
Dark Shamo: Good Shamo type, but the color of a Dark Cornish, pale brown eggs. They have a small pea comb. Occasional off-types can be seen. Chicks $6.00 each (5)
Long Crower (Tomaru): Basically an all black bird with occasional golden neck and hackle feathers. Hens are fairly calm and respectable layers. Males are known for their very long crow. Constant selection for the longest crowing males has to be made. Egg color is tinted and they have a single comb. This breed is not as yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $6.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT FOR 2016)
Red Pyle Cubalaya: A colorful small sized chicken with a small pea comb. The breed dates back many years. Males are white with red-orange neck and hackle feathers and red patches on the wings. They are very attractive. Females are somewhat variable with light orange-yellow neck and some orange feathers. Females can be basically white except for head and neck. Not all chicks hatch out the Red Pyle pattern. Chicks $5.00 each (15)
Silver Kraienkoppe: Color pattern like a Silver Grey Dorking, off-white eggs. They have a small walnut comb. See Black Breasted Red Kraienkoppe for breed history. This breed is not as yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $5.00 each (5)(SOLD OUT FOR 2016)
White Cubalaya: They lay a tinted egg, pure white with an occasional off colored feather. Still working on perfecting this color. Chicks $5.00 each (10)
This is a group that doesn't fit into any other APA category and, unless otherwise noted, are listed in the APA Standard at this time.
Creme Brabanter: An old Belgian breed with a tuft on the head. The Creme variety is a pale creme yellow with black spots. Eggs are white and of good size. Chicks $6.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT TO 7/19/16)
Egyptian Fayoumis: Truly a unique breed as they mature very quickly. They are flighty and prefer to range over a large area. They have a moderately large single comb. Color is similar to a Campine only the barring is not as distinct and they are a silver color. Pale brown eggs. This breed is not as yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $3.00 each (15)
Flame Jaerhon: The genetics of the Norwegian Jaerhon produces some off-types. This darker version, considered not proper for Norwegian Jaerhons, is a beautiful and hardy selection. Females are a Cuckoo pattern with gold in the neck and hackles. The males are a Cuckoo pattern with brilliant flame orange-red hackles, neck and wing patches. Much hardier than the regular Norwegian Jaerhons. Not perfected and not in the APA Standard. There are off-types in this breed. Strictly for the person wishing a colorful layer. Chicks $3.00 each (10)
Icelandic: An unbelievably hardy land race. A land race means that they are not all uniform in color or body type. You will see a diversity in comb type as well. They all do seem to have a tuft of feathers on the top of the head. They are superb layers of small to medium sized off-white eggs. Knowing Iceland's moderate maritime climate and that this breed had developed there for over a thousand years, I was fearful they would not handle the extremes of Iowa weather very well. I was first pleasantly surprised in the Winter when they handled -25 deg. F with ease. Then on that horrible July day with a heat index of 133 deg. F, I was afraid that when I reached their pen I would find them all dead. I was pleasantly surprised to see none dead eventhough there were massive losses in adjoining pens. They are superb foragers with a most pleasant temperament. This is perhaps the ideal breed for someone who wants a diversity of color, but only wants one breed. They are not a terribly large chicken but are extremely feed efficient. Chicks $5.00 each (15) (SOLD OUT FOR 2016)
Mahogany Russian Orloff: A reddish brown color version of the Russian Orloff. Minimal spangling, none is desired. Active, good dual purpose for meat and eggs. Not as yet admitted to the APA Standard. Layer of off-white large eggs. Chicks $5.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Manx Rumpies: Rumpless, variable color and comb. A very rare breed that lays colorful eggs and are difficult to breed. They have various comb types but small single combs are the most common. The absence of the tail makes it a challenge to get fertile eggs. They are superb layers, but fertility rate can be very low at times. This breed is not as yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $7.50 each (5) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Marraduna Basques (Euskal Oiloa): Special thanks to Mary Alban for sharing some of these with us. They are a unique land race type from the Basque area of Spain. They sort of resemble a buffy Delaware in type and color. Considerable color variations exist in this breed. Common things to select for are yellow feet and legs and a single comb. They are incredibly friendly, almost annoyingly so when it comes to friendliness. Chicks $6.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)
Muffed Old English Game: A colorful mix of muffed (bearded) Old English Game Fowl. Their history is very old. They are excellent foragers, good setters and mothers. They have a small single comb with five points and lay a tinted egg. This breed is not as yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $4.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT FOR 2016)
Norwegian Jaerhon: Colorful, almost a creme bar pattern. Small in size, very active foragers. Lay white eggs. Developed in Norway. They have a small single comb. This breed is not as yet listed in the APA Standard. Norwegian Jaerhons are not very winter hardy and struggle with many common poultry ailments. They are gorgeous and thrifty but are not long-lived. Chicks $3.50 each (10)
Spangled Russian Orloff: A truly beautiful, gentle bird. Tall in size, similar to a Shamo, with muffs and a unique head. Colored similar to a Speckled Sussex. Good setters and mothers. They lay pale brown eggs and have a small walnut comb. Orloffs are fantastic layers their first year, but egg production drops off drastically in their second and each of their subsequent years. This breed is not as yet listed in the APA Standard. Chicks $4.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF 2016)