Our ultimate goal is to have the perfect mutt chicken so we got several different breeds this time with the idea that since our only roosters are Dominiques any future chickens will always have at least a little Dominique in them.
This time we got 5 pullets of each of these -
Rhode Island Red
We used efowl.com which is the best site we've found for buying day old chicks.
Here are descriptions of all our breeds taken straight from the efowl website -
Dominique - The Dominique Chicken is the oldest American chicken, developed in New England sometime during colonization of North America. The Dominique Chicken remained the most popular American Breed until the development of the Barred Plymouth Rock in the mid 19th century.
The Dominique Chicken is a calm and gentle bird that can be easy to show. It's docile temperament makes for great layers and good family or backyard birds. The Dominique Hens are dependable and hardly layers of medium sized brown eggs. The roosters occasionally tend to act aggressively toward humans or other roosters. The Dominique Chicken is a good looking bird with black and creamy white barred plumage patterns. The barring is more staggered and less parallel than the plumage of the Barred Plymouth Rock. The Dominique Chicken has a bright red rose comb with bright red wattles and ear lobes.
Overall, the Dominique Chicken is a beautiful chicken breed that will dependably produce eggs in marginal weather. The birds' plumage pattern, also known as "hawk coloring", offers some protection against some aerial predators, helping the bird survive in backyard free range environments. The Dominique Chicken will also dress nicely and produce quality tasting meat.
- Adult Weight - Male: 7 pounds; Female: 5 pounds
- Color - Black and Creamy White barred plumage pattern
- Purpose - Dual Purpose: Meat and Eggs
- Egg Production - Good
- Egg Color - Brown
- Region of Origin -United States
Rhode Island Red - The Rhode Island Red Chicken Breed boasts the title of America's most well known and popular chicken, though for many years the chicken breed was facing a critical decline in its breeding population. Thanks to many hobby hatcheries and backyard farmers the Rhode Island Red is now popular chickens among small farms and backyards today. Rhode Island Red Chicks grow to be one of the most productive and useful dual purpose breeds across the country and world today. They have prolific egg production, and they will dress nicely as a table bird.
The Rhode Island Red is also one of the most hardy of all dual purpose breeds, and they will thrive in almost any environment they could face in the United States. They have amenable dispositions and are a favorite among 4-H clubs and state fair competitions around the country. Their active disposition, hardy nature, and superb foraging ability helps them thrive in a free range environment as well.
Though the breed has become smaller over the last 60 years, they females still weigh over 6 pounds while the males over 8 pounds. The Rhode Island Red Hens are excellent winter egg layers due to their heavier size and hardiness, and they will generally lay between 200-300 per year - perhaps the best dual purpose egg layer in production today. The hens can become broody, though not as frequently as some other breeds like the Buff Orpington. Roosters can become aggressive, and it is generally best not to have more than one rooster for every 8 - 10 hens.
- Adult Weight - Male: 8 pounds ; Female: 5.5-6.5 pounds
- Color - Black and Dark Red (may have some white tipped feathers prior to full maturity is reached), Yellow Skin, Red or Rose colored Crests
- Purpose - Dual Purpose: egg laying and meat production
- Egg Color - Brown
- Egg Production - Prolific: 200 - 280 eggs per year (varies depending on conditions)
- Country of Origin -United States (Rhode Island)
- Broodiness - Sometimes Broody
- Comb - Single
Black Australorp - A champion egg-laying chicken breed, the Black Australorp was introduced to the United States around the 1920s. The Australorp was originally developed in Australia from the Orpington Chicken to create a breed with a higher quality egg production without sacrificing too much size and meat quality. This breed is now a competitive contender for one of the most popular "backyard chicken" breeds as well as the most productive egg laying breed.
The Black Australorp Chicken is extremely hardy in most climates and can easily compete as one of the best layers of brown eggs among the heavy chicken breeds. Similar to the Buff Orpington Chickens, these birds are calm and docile, easily handled, and bear confinement with no problem.
Black Australorps are just slightly smaller than the Orpington but the males can still weigh in around 8.5 pounds. The relatively large size and pinkish white skin help this bird to dress nicely once the chicken develops its full plumage. This heavy bird is covered in glossy black iridescent plumage that has a greenish purple tint in the sunlight, and a whole flock of Australorps paints a strikingly attractive backyard scene. The Australorp is an excellent dual purpose chicken that can greatly be utilized in confined backyard environments as well as more open farm coops.
- Adult Weight - Male: 8.5 pounds ; Female: 7.5 pounds
- Color - Black with greenish purple sheen, Large red comb
- Purpose - Dual Purpose - Egg Laying and Meat Production
- Egg Production - Prolific: 250+ per year
- Egg Color - Brown
- Country of Origin -Australia
White Leghorn - The White Leghorn Chicken is the most popular breed of white egg laying chickens. They are the most popular commercial strain of white egg layers in the entire world. The Leghorn Chicken originated in Italy and was first brought to North America in the 1850s under the name Italian chickens. They name Leghorn came from a mispronunciation of the sea in which they were frequently transported through called the Ligurian Sea.
Leghorn Chickens will lay an astounding 280 large white eggs per year. This breed will mature rapidly, reaching a maximum weight of 3-4 pounds for hens and 4-6 pounds for roosters, and they are not considered a viable option for meat production. These birds tend to be flighty and generally avoid human contact. Leghorns enjoy free range environments, but they are adaptable to confined living as well.
The Leghorn is a vocal and active bird as well as an excellent forager. They can quickly convert their food intake into energy and require little physical maintenance. These chickens are excellent fliers and will roost in trees if they are raised as free range birds.
- Adult Weight - Male: 5-6 pounds ; Female: 3-4 pounds
- Color - White
- Egg Production - Prolific
- Egg Size - Large
- Egg Color - White
- Country of Origin -Italy
Cuckoo Maran - Cuckoo Marans Chickens is a fairly rare and desirable breed because of it's rich chocolate brown egg color. The Marans Chicken Breed is named for the French town of Marans in the region in which the breed originated. Originally a feather legged breed, a clean legged variety of the Cuckoo Marans was eventually developed in England by breeding it with certain French and English Breeds.
The Cuckoo Marans is a dual purpose breed that is primarily bred and raised for it's unique egg color. This heavy breed will produce on average between 150-200 eggs per year, and they can grow large enough to be used for meat as well as eggs. They are a fast growing and extremely hardy that will thrive in most climates. The feather pattern of the Cuckoo Marans is a striking and beautiful barred black and white pattern, similar to that of the Barred Plymouth Rock Chicken.
If you're looking for a rare and unique variety to the color of your eggs, you should consider adding the Cuckoo Marans to your flock. Our breeders have invested over 12 years in developing the bloodlines of this rare and prestigious chocolate egg laying chicken breed.
- Adult Weight - Male: 7-8 pounds ; Female: 6 pounds
- Color - Both males and females have irregular barred plumage (known as Cuckoo), similar to that of the Barred Rock.
- Egg Production - Very Good (200+ per year)
- Egg Size - Medium to Large
- Egg Color - Dark Reddish Brown
- Country of Origin -France
Easter Eggers - Our festive and lively Easter Egger Chicken is also commonly referred to as the Ameraucana. The Ameraucana Chicken Breed is recognized bye the APA in many different color variations. While our Ameraucana Chickens do hold true to the qualities and characteristics recognized by the APA, we do not breed specifically for any particular color and offer a "mixed color" variety, nor do we guarantee any particular colors or color variations of this breed. For this reason, we advertise our Ameraucana Chickens as Easter Eggers.
The Ameraucana breed is very popular for its distinctive appearance and its unique egg coloration which ranges from bright blue, green, turquoise, deep olive, and rarely to a light brown or pink. Ameraucana Chickens have exciting appearances from the chick stage all the way through maturity. They have beards underneath their beaks and muffs around their cheeks, making them one of the most distinctive breeds of chickens available. These facial features give them an appearance similar to a chipmunk.
Our Easter Egger Chickens are bred specifically to be excellent egg layers of the blueish green eggs. In addition to substantial egg production, their hardiness and robustness allows them to be quite adaptable to a wide variety of environments. This makes them a go-to breed for people looking to raise exciting birds at all levels of breeding skill. Though we do breed and sell a "mixed color" variety of Ameraucana, it is possible you will get a solid or recognized color variety that can compete in poultry shows. If you are looking for a fun breed that will be the subject of much conversation and enjoyment, the Ameracauna Chicken is for you.
- Adult Weight - Male: 5 pounds ; Female: 4 pounds
- Color - Mixed Colors, and Gray, Pea Shaped combs, White Skin
- Egg Production - Prolific
- Egg Size - Medium/Large
- Egg Color - Many colors and Shades including Blue, Green, Turquoise, Olive, and Light Brown or Pink
- Country of Origin -United States