we are Passionate
Oh how we love our chicks!
We have raised quite a few different breeds of poultry over the past year and while chickens are our main focus we have very much enjoyed introducing ducks and turkeys to our barnyard family :). We currently have a wide variety of breeds and while we have large numbers of some we may have limited numbers of others so please feel free to contact us if you are interested in specific breeds and we will happily advise you of their availability. Any breeds we sell out of will be noted below. If you do fancy a specific breed that we are sold out of then please let us know and we would behappy to add you to our waiting list for next year to ensure that you get first dibs on your chosen breed :)
Breeds we currently raise:
Bantam Orpingtons (blue/black/splash)
Black Copper Marans
Beltsville Small White Turkeys
Buff Orpington Ducks
**Please check out our breed profiles page for more information on our individual breeds**
**For pricing on day old chicks and hatching eggs see our For Sale page**
We have raised other breeds in addition to the ones listed above but found that they didn't suit our needs or had personalities that were not desirable. These include:
- Icelandics - too flighty, all of our roosters were aggressive and they are a small breed which don't dress out very well.
- Cornish Rocks - fast growth meat birds that weren't much of a chicken in the idyllic sense - they grew fast but were terribly lazy!
- Red sex-link hens - super egg layers but not very meaty.
- Broad breasted white turkeys - these are the turkeys raised commercially that you find in your grocery store - they grow faster than heritage breeds and they were fun to raise but we are now focusing solely on heritage breeds.
- Bantam Silver Laced Wyandottes - they are lovely looking birds but for an unknown reason our birds stopped growing at 8 weeks old meaning they were very (very!) small. The roosters also became slightly aggressive.
- Barnevelders - we were unfortunately unable to source good stock and some of our girls developed issues such as crooked toes, beaks and necks. The roosters also turned out to be barnyard bullies :(
- Bantam Cochins - these little birds are so sweet and I'm sorry that we have had to stop breeding them but our roosters both became aggressive towards us and we simply refuse to breed that into our next generation of birds. Our little hens are lovely and we really enjoy their extreme broodiness :)
- Bantam Orpingtons - we enjoyed raising and breeding our bantam orpingtons but in our desire to downsize our flock we decided to sell our flock of wee orps. They were the only breed that continued laying throughout the winter when all of our other breeds stopped - which was awesome!
We are drawn to birds who are natural mothers (and fathers!) and do a good job at raising their young. This is one of the top qualities we look for in a breed alongside meat and egg production and disposition (they must be friendly as we do not tolerate aggressive birds (off to freezer camp for you!). Many of the heritage hens make wonderful mothers and thrive best in this role. We always get excited when we find a hen laying her eggs in a secret hidden nest (as opposed to the nest boxes that we provide) as it means she may be preparing herself a safe spot to sit on her eggs and hatch them :) There is nothing nicer than when a hen decides she wants to be a mother and we have the pleasure of watching her raise her young :)