Chickens

2020 Hatch Weeks:  March 10, 24 ( assortments only and subject to weather), Specific breeds start  April 7, 21; May 5, 19; June 2, 16. 30; July 14, 28; August 11, 25; September 8, 22: October 6 and 20 ( 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.

With so much catching up to do and continued predator pressure we are still working on increasing some flocks as we replace our buildings with more predator resistant  structures. . Thank you  for your patience and understanding.

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. AVAILABLE FROM JUNE 16 THROUGH OCTOBER 20

 

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 you order more than 5 assorted heavy chickens.  Ameraucanas, Australorps, Barred Hollands, Buckeyes, Chanteclers,Cuckoo Marans, Delawares, Dominiques, Dorkings, Faverolles,  Giants, Iowa Blue, Javas, New  Hampshires, Orpingtons, Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Rhode Island Whites, Shamos, Spangled Russian Orloffs, Sussex, Welsummers, or Wyandottes.  Most heavy breed chickens lay brown eggs. AVAILABLE FROM JULY 14 THROUGH OCTOBER 20

 

ASSORTED 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, Lakenvelders, Leghorns, Jaerhons,  Minorcas, Polish, or Sumatras.  Most light breed chickens lay white eggs.AVAILABLE FROM JUNE 2 THROUGH OCTOBER 20

 

SUPER ASSORTED CHICKENS: 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.   Sold in units of 25 or 50.  Chicks 25 for $30.00;  50 for $55.00  AVAILABLE FROM JUNE 16 THROUGH OCTOBER 20

Ameraucanas

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.

AMERICAN BREEDS

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.

CHANTECLERS

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

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.

WYANDOTTES

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 BREEDS

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.

ENGLISH BREEDS

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).

SUSSEX

Sussex

orpingtons

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.

dorkings

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.  This year we were plagued by a very smart raccoon family .

mediterranean breeds

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.

leghorns

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.

minorcas

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.

continental breeds

A group of breeds classified together based upon their European origins.

marans

Marans

crested

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. 

oriental breeds

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.

other breeds

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.

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Sand Hill Preservation Center

Heirloom Seeds & Poultry

1878 230th Street

Calamus, IA 52729

563-246-2299

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