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.
Egyptian Fayoumi- 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. We have maintained this breed since 1992. Chicks $3.00 each (10)
American Dumpies- Not a recognized breed but the result of culling the off types from the Cuckoo Scots Dumpies. When we obtained the Cuckoo Scots Dumpies they threw a few yellow legged birds, which at first we immediately culled and then as we removed the trait from them I kept a few of these and noticed how much more vigorous and thrifty they were than their white legged true to type form. It seemed like the more we perfected the true Dumpies the worse they became but these yellow legged types show high degree of vigor and lay well. If you want a nice short legged thrifty little bird and don’t care that they have yellow legs, these are a perfect match. They lay a tinted egg, forage well and have a pleasant disposition. They are cuckoo in color pattern.We have maintained this breed since 2015. Remember you do get long legged birds out of a short legged mating so you have to cull some off spring. Chicks $5.00 each (15)
Creme Legbars- a colorful breed with cuckoo pattern that has a slight tufty crest. They are our local minks favorite treat as we have tried and tired to get them going and he finds them no matter where I hide them. They lay a nice blue egg, really closer to blue with my vision than any Ameraucana. We have maintained this breed ( sort of?) since 2013. Chicks $6.00 each (5)
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 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. We have maintained this breed since 2008. Unavailable for 2020
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 even though 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. We have maintained this breed since 2011 . UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020 REBUILDING OUR NUMBERS.
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 egg. We have maintained this breed since 2010 . UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020 REBUILDING OUR NUMBERS.
Manx Rumpie- 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.We have maintained this breed since 1998. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020 REBUILDING OUR NUMBERS.
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. We have maintained this breed since 2013 . UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020 REBUILDING OUR NUMBERS.
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. We have maintained this breed since 2005. Chicks $4.00 each (25)
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. We have maintained this breed since 2002. Unavailable for 2020
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.We have maintained this breed since 1998 . UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020 REBUILDING OUR NUMBERS.