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Chicken Breeds We Currently Have Are…

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Barred Plymouth Rock - SOLD OUT!

Barred Rocks are well known for year round egg laying due to them being extremely cold hardy. This American Heritage chicken was developed in New England in the early 1800’s by crossing Dominiques and Black Javas. They lay a large brown egg.

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Buff Orpington - SOLD OUT!

Best known for their quiet disposition, they are also excellent winter layers due to their size and hardiness. They also are excellent setters that lay large brown eggs.

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Araucana

Known as the Easter egg chicken due to their ability to lay colored eggs. The colors vary in different shades of blue and green, even some pink. They are a medium size bird that lays large size eggs.

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Buckeyes

Originating in the state of Ohio, they are listed as “threatened” by the Livestock Conservancy. They are also the only American Poultry Association breed created by a woman. They lay brown eggs.

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Rhode Island Red

This is one of the most popular breeds for egg laying production. They lay an extra large brown egg.

Caring For Your Chickens

Caring for your hens is remarkably easy. It requires 5 to 10 minutes twice every day. Chickens require fresh water to lay at their best. A good routine is in the morning and in the early evening. You should change the water in the vessel and clean if necessary. Food should be administered at these times also. The amount of food you provide your chickens depends on a couple of factors. If you let them free-range through the yard the amount of feed provided may be reduced. If they are contained in their coop, food supply must be increased. Better to give too much than too little. Provided with adequate food and water Barred Rocks will lay very efficiently. The key point to remember is that although the required care time is minimal, it must be done regularly and daily. If necessary you may skip one feeding on a particular day and expect no ill-effects, but you should strive not to make it a habit. Chickens thrive on regularity and predictability.

 

What You Should Feed Your Chickens

Our chicks are on chick-starter for the first 4-6 weeks of life. We then transition them to layer crumbles. If you are able to let your birds free-range or even semi free-range you can drastically reduce their food bill.

Apples - raw and applesauce
Asparagus - raw or cooked
Bananas - no peel
Beans - cooked, no dry
Beets
Berries
Breads
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Carrots - raw or cooked
Crickets - live only
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggs - hard cooked or scrambled
Eggplant
Fish/seafood - cooked
Meal worms
Popcorn - popped, no butter or salt
Watermelon

This is of course just a partial list of the treats your birds will love.

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