Chickens- Page updated for 2021 for breeds and prices, photos hopefully by end of December.
2021 Hatch Weeks: March 9, 23 ( assortments only and subject to weather), Specific breeds start April 6, 20; May 4, 18; June 1, 15,29 ; July 13, 27; August 10, 24; September 7, 21: October 5 and 19 ( No specific breeds in March, September and October only assortments)
We maintain a large number of full size chicken breeds. Our assortments are nothing 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 raiser 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.
Number in () is maximum per hatch. If you want more than that you will have to plan for an additional shipment and pay postage for the additional shipment.
ASSORTED CHICKENS: Chicks $1.50 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. Available from March 23 through October 19.
SUPER ASSORTED CHICKENS: Chicks $1.15 each ( 100 per hatch) 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. Available from March 9 through October 19.
ASSORTED AMERAUCANAS: This assortment may be made up from any of the Ameraucanas. Chicks $3.00 each (15)
ASSORTED AMERICANS:This assortment may be made up from any of the breeds listed under American, Chantecler, Giants or Wyandottes. Chicks $2.00 each ( 25)
ASSORTED CHANTECLERS: This assortment may be made up from any of the 4 Chantecler varieties. Unavailable in 2021
ASSORTED GIANTS: This assortment may be made up from any of the 3 Giants varieties. Chicks $2.50 each (10)
ASSORTED WYANDOTTES: This assortment may be made up from any of the Wyandotte varieties. Chicks $2.50 each (10)
ASSORTED ASIATIC: This assortment may be made up from any of the breeds listed under Asiatic. Chicks $2.50 each (10)
ASSORTED ENGLISH: This assortment may be made up from any of the breeds listed under English, Sussex, Orpingtons and
Dorkings. Chicks $2.50 each (25)
ASSORTED SUSSEX: This assortment may be made up from any of the varieties of Sussex. Chicks $2.00 each (15)
ASSORTED ORPINGTONS: This assortment may be made up from any of the varieties of Orpingtons. Chicks $2.25 each (20)
ASSORTED DORKINGS: This assortment may be made up from any of the varieties of Dorkings. Chicks $4.00 each ( 10)
ASSORTED MEDITERRANEAN: This assortment may be made up from any of the breeds listed under Mediterranean, Minorcas or Leghorns. Chicks $1.75 each (25)
ASSORTED MINORCAS: This assortment may be made up from any of the varieties of Minorcas. Chicks $3.00 each (15)
ASSORTED LEGHORNS: This assortment may be made up from any of the varieties of Leghorns. Chicks $2.00 each (25)
ASSORTED CRESTED: This assortment may be made up from any of the breeds under the Crested category. Chicks $2.00 each (15)
ASSORTED ORIENTALS: This assortment may be made up from any of the breeds listed under Oriental. Chicks $3.00 each (15)
ASSORTED CONTINENTALS: This assortment may be made up from any of the breeds listed under Continental. Chicks $2.50 each (25)
FARMYARD ASSORTMENT - $30.00 plus shipping
Use shipping rate for 25 chicks (equivalent) for each order and send separate shipping payment for each Farmyard Assortment ordered. If you order more than one of these assortments, we can not guarantee they will be shipped on the same day. If they are shipped together, we will send extra birds. May be our choice of bantams, chicks, ducks, geese, guineas, or turkeys. The Farmyard Assortment can be all of one particular type of poultry. There are no guarantees that you will get a mixture of all the different types of poultry. It might be all chicks, all ducklings, etc. Or, it might be a combination of many different things. There are no guarantees on hatch dates as these are filled with whatever is left after all orders for specific breeds and assortments have been filled. These are not generally available until the first part of May. You can kind of think of these as a “grab bag” at a carnival. Whatever you get will be a surprise!! You will receive a named list of the contents of the shipment. The number of birds you get will vary depending upon what you get. (Example: Ducks & Geese are much larger than Bantams & Guineas and fill the box up faster.) You will get the “equivalent” of 25 chicks (or more)
MYSTERY CHICKEN ASSORTMENT - $20.00 plus shipping
Use shipping rate for 25 chicks for each order and send separate shipping payment for each Mystery Assortment ordered. Occasionally we have some extras from genetic crossing experiments. I’ve long had an interest in genetics and, on occasion, I do some experimental crosses between breeds. This assortment can have anything from our projects (including also the occasional mis-marked egg or oddity). This is not a purebred collection. We only recommend this to someone who doesn’t care about breeds or breeding, but is either just wanting something for eggs or meat. The availability of this is sporadic and would only be available on the weeks when I don’t have time to keep any extras for further study. We reserve the right to fill in with a few pure breeds (if we have them) to fill this assortment. This assortment is not necessarily available at every hatch. Therefore, if you place an order for these, please be as flexible on shipping dates as possible. This assortment is only available as a unit of 25 chicks. This assortment is all full sized chickens - - - no bantams.
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.
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.
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. Chanteclers have always been one of my favorite breeds. They are a relaxed breed,not flighty, just relaxed and easy to deal with. Not the fastest growing birds in the world but consistent growers and layers. There is a lot of misinformation perpetuated on the internet about them being great winter layers. What they are is very winter hardy but they will only lay in the winter with supplemental light.
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.
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.
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. These were a first choice feeding option on both the mink and raccoons and our breed selection here is nearly gone.
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).
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 single combs with five points and lay a light brown egg.
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. We are continuing to work on developing larger flocks.
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 and 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.
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 are single combed with five points.
Largest of the Mediterraneans. Long, strong bodies, large combs and wattles which can make winter hardiness a challenge, excellent layers of large, white eggs. All of ours are single comb with six points.
A group of breeds classified together based upon their European origins.
While we dearly enjoy these large gentle chickens they have many issues to be considered before keeping a flock of them and not have other breeds in the mix. The majority do lay a very nice dark egg and are relatively calm and easy to be around. I have found over the years they are very susceptible to many poultry ailments with almost no tolerance or resistance. They succumb easily to coccidiosis as chicks. They have little if any tolerance to Coryza, Laryngotrachitis and zero tolerance to Marecks. Late winter of 2020 confirmed what I had noticed had been happening with tolerance to cold. The birds were laying well after a mild winter and then we had mini cold spell in late February and many hens succumbed quickly to the frozen combs they obtained and the males mostly remained sterile until well into July. They are best suited for a farm in a moderate climate and where not a lot of poultry has been raised before. First time chicken raisers in a place that rarely gets below zero should do fine with them.
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.
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.
This is a group that doesn’t fit into any other APA category and, unless otherwise noted, are not listed in the APA Standard at this time.