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Dual - Purpose Chickens

We raise our heritage breed chickens on pasture whenever possible. The roomy paddocks (which keep them safe from predators) are moved to fresh grass daily.  Their diet of greens and insects is supplemented with a quality, non-medicated ration. 

In winter, the birds take over the greenhouse with unlimited outdoor access when weather permits. 
They are thriving and lay consistently throughout winter.

Fresh eggs are available year round and chicks are available spring to fall.

 

Black Australorp

Standard Weight:     
Cock  8.5 lbs,  Hen 6.5 lbs,
Skin colour:                 White
Egg Shell colour:        Brown

Origin: The Australorp was developed in Australia from Black Orpington stock.  

Characteristics:  A dual purpose breed, the Black Australorp has black plumage with a beetle-green sheen, dark eyes, large red comb and a proud upright stance.  They are calm,hardy and active, well suited to free range and small farming operations.  Good layers, the handsome hens will consistently provide large, brown eggs even in the coldest months.

Black Australorp


Blue Australorp

Standard Weight:     
Cock  8.5 lbs,  Hen 6.5 lbs,
Skin colour:                 White
Egg Shell colour:        Brown

Origin: The Blue Australorp is a rare occurrance from Black Australorp stock. 

Characteristics: The Blue Australorp has the same characteristics as the Black Australorp. Their progeny may be blue or black.

Blue Australorp

 

Rhode Island Red

Standard Weight:  
Cock 8.5 lbs, Hen 6.5 lbs,
Skin colour:               Yellow
Egg Shell Colour:     Brown

Origin:  Developed in the New England states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, early flocks often had both single and rose combed individuals because of the influence of Malay blood. It was from the Malay that the Rhode Island Red got its deep colour, strong constitution and relatively hard feathers.

Characteristics:  Some consider the Rhode Island Red to be the best egg layers of the dual purpose breeds.  A rich mahogany red feathering, medium red combs and a bright golden eye, the Rhode Island is quick and curious.  They thrive in the Nova Scotia climate, and lay well throughtout winter.

The Rhode Island is on Rare Breeds Canada list of vulnerable breeds at risk.

 

Rhode Island Red

 

Barred Rock

Standard Weight:  
Cock  8.5 lbs, Hen 6.5 lbs,
Skin colour:               Yellow
Egg Shell Colour:     Brown

Origin: 
Developed in the 19th century in  America. The first Plymouth Rock was barred and other varieties developed later. The Breed became popular very rapidly, and was bred extensively. Its popularity came from its qualities as an outstanding farm chicken: hardiness, docility, broodiness, and excellent production of both eggs and meat.  
 Characteristics:   Barred Rocks are an excellent dual purpose breed.  They are docile, easily tamed, and show strong mothering instinct.  They are hardy enough for the Nova Scotia climate, and are consistent layers.  Their distinctive narrow grey and white stripes are a classic farmyard sight.

 

 

Barred Rock

Americauna - green egg layers

Origin:
The Americana is derived from the Araucana of Chile. It is best know for it's blue-green shelled eggs.

Characteristics:
Prized mainly for it's unique coloured eggs, the Americana is an unusual looking bird. Both the hens and the roosters have distinctive "ear muff" feathers, and their plummage colours can include black. rich red and white. They are a medium sized fowl, hardy and good layers.

 

 

 

 

Americauna

Buff Orpington

Standard Weight:  
Cock  10 lbs, Hen 8 lbs,
Skin colour:              White
Egg Shell Colour:     Brown

Origin:
Orpingtons were developed in England at the town of Orpington in County Kent during the 1880s. They were brought to America in the 1890s and gained popularity very rapidly, based on their excellence as a meat bird.

Characteristics:
One time years ago at a Hamilton County Fair the poultry judge was asked to describe the correct plumage colour for this variety. Taking out his gold watch he said, "That's the colour for Buff Orpingtons." And pure gold they are, symbolic of great value and high quality.
Orpingtons are heavily but loosely feathered.
They are large, stately birds of quiet disposition.
Their feathering allows them to endure cold temperatures better than some other breeds. Their heavy, full plumage makes them excellent winter layers, shelling out brown eggs right through cold weather.
Baby chicks are a soft light buff colour.
They are at home on free range or in relatively confined situations; and are docile. Hens exhibit broodiness and generally make good mothers.

Buff Orpington

 

Golden Laced Wyandotte

Standard Weights:
Cock-8.5 pounds; Hen-6.5 pounds;
Skin colour: Yellow.
Egg Shell Colour: Brown.

Origin:
Joseph McKeen of Wisconsin was the originator of the Golden Laced Wyandotte. In 1880 he crossed Silver Laced Wyandotte females with a large "Black Red" patterned fowl of unknown origin called the Winnebago. The variety was admitted to the American Standard in 1888

Characteristics:
The golden laced wyandotte is an outstanding example of American poultry breeding ingenuity and is one of the most beautiful. It is colourful, hardy, and productive.
The broadfeathered, smooth fitting golden plumage is sharply marked with black around the edge of every feather and a black tail. The close-fitting rose comb and good body size are valuable assets for winter laying. Cold weather doesn't seem to bother them at all as their hardiness and vigor keep them laying straight through the winter.
They lay a nicely shaped, good sized egg, varying from light to rich brown.This is another excellent variety for exhibition.

 

Golden Laced Wyandotte

Silver Laced Wyandotte

Standard Weights:
Cock-8.5 pounds; Hen-6.5 pounds;
Skin colour: Yellow.
Egg Shell Colour: Brown.

Origin:
The Wyandotte variety was developed as a dual purpose breed in New York State in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century.

Characteristics:
Silver Laced Wyandottes are a good, medium-weight fowl for small family flocks kept under rugged conditions. Their rose combs do not freeze as easily as single combs and the hens make good mothers.
Their attractive "curvy" shape, generally good disposition and attractive colour patterns make them a good choice for fanciers as well as for farmers.

Silver Laced Wyandotte



Silver Pencilled Wyandotte

Standard Weights:
Cock-8.5 pounds; Hen-6.5 pounds;
Skin colour: Yellow.
Egg Shell Colour: Brown.

Origin:
The Wyandotte variety was developed as a dual purpose breed in New York State in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century.

Characteristics:

Silver Pencilled Wyandotte

 

New Hampshire Red

Standard Weight:  
Cock  8.5lbs, Hen 6.5lbs,
Skin colour:               Yellow
Egg Shell Colour:     Brown

Origin:
The New Hampshire Red represents a specialized selection out of the Rhode Island Red breed. By intensive selection for rapid growth, fast feathering, early maturity and vigor, a different breed gradually emerged. This took place in the New England states-chiefly in Massachusetts and New Hampshire from where the breed derived its name.

Characteristics:
A dual purpose chicken, selected for both meat and egg production. Medium heavy in weight, it dresses a nice, plump carcass as either a broiler or a roaster.
New Hampshires were admitted to the American Standard in 1935.
They possess a deep, broad body, grow feathers very rapidly, are prone to go broody and make good mothers.
Most pin feathers are a reddish buff in colour and, therefore, do not detract from the carcass appearance.
These good, medium sized meat chickens have good egg laying ability. Our strain lay eggs of a dark brown shell colour.

The New Hampshire is on Rare Breeds Canada list of vulnerable breeds at risk.

New Hampshire Red

 

Delaware

Standard Weight:  

Skin colour:             
Egg Shell Colour:    Brown

Origin:


Characteristics:
A very good dual-purpose bird.

Delaware


Black Langshan

Standard Weights: Cock- 9.5 pounds; Hen- 7.5 pounds;
Skin colour: .
Egg Shell Colour: Brown.

Origin:
Langshans originated in China many years ago.

Characteristics:
They are not as heavily feathered down the legs as Cochins and have a more pronounced upright stance. Langshans are a large gentle bird with a stately appearance.They lay large brown eggs.

Black Langshan


Partridge Cochin

Standard Weights: Cock- 11 pounds; Hen- 8.5 pounds;
Skin colour: Yellow.
Egg Shell Colour: Brown.

Origin:
Members of the Asiatic class.

Characteristics:
A massive and slow growing docile bird, with soft, fluffy feathers continuing down the legs. They are poor layers, but very good setters. The male is particularly handsome, with rich colour and impressive stature.

partridge cochin


Silver Spangled Hamburg

Standard Weights: Cock- 5pounds; Hen- 4 pounds;
Skin colour: White
Egg Shell Colour: White.

Origin: Holland

Characteristics:
Elegant and quick, the Silver Spangled Hamburg is a very old breed from Holland. Though relatively small, they are avid foragers, and prolific layers of medium white eggs. They have bright white plumage with greenish black spangles, rose combs, white earlobes and dark eyes. Both the roosters and hens are eye-catching, entertaining, and make bright additions to a flock.

Silver Spangled Hamburg


Mottled Houdan

Standard Weights: Cock- pounds; Hen- pounds;
Skin colour: White
Egg Shell Colour: White.

Origin: A very old dual-purpose breed that was originally used to supply meat and eggs in Houdan, France. They were imported to England around 1850 and arrived in North America in 1865.

Characteristics:
While being a decent dual-purpose bird they are also very stylish with a crest of head feathers and a proud upright stance. They mature early, tolerate confinement and do very well on a free range system where they can forage and obtain a substantial amount of their own feed. The hens are good layers of medium sized white eggs.

Mottled Houdan


Dark Cornish

Standard Weight:  
Cock
Skin colour:              
Egg Shell Colour:     Brown

Origin:


Characteristics:
The Dark Cornish is a small solid bird with tight feathering. Visually deceiving the Cornish is surprisingly heavy with a large, firm breast. A very active forager with excellent survival instincts; this bird can be a real challenge to catch.

Dark Cornish


Buttercup

Standard Weights: Cock- 6.5 pounds; Hen- 5 pounds;
Skin colour: Yellow
Egg Shell Colour: White.

Origin: Isle of Sicily, Italy

Characteristics:
The Buttercup name derives from its unique cup-shaped comb and rich golden plumage. A beautiful bird of medium size, the roosters are reddish bay with black points, and the hens are gold, marked with black spangles. Very good layers of white eggs.
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy lists the Buttercup population as threatened. Their rarity and unusual beauty make them a good choice for exhibition.

Buttercup

Speckled Sussex

Standard Weights: Cock- pounds; Hen- pounds;
Skin colour: White
Egg Shell Colour: Light Brown.

Origin:
The Speckled Sussex was developed in Sussex County, England around 1900.

Characteristics:
Sussex are quiet, docile birds, easily tamed. They have a long, broad, flat back and a broad, deep chest. The head has a single comb. Legs are short and strong with stout thighs.They forage well and are economical eaters. Their speckled plumage is valuable as camouflage from airborne predators.
The breed is noted for being calm, gentle, and personable.

speckled sussex

Chantecler

Standard Weights: Cock- pounds; Hen- pounds;
Skin colour: Yellow
Egg Shell Colour: Brown.

Origin:
The Chanticler originated in Quebec, Canada and is a fine example of a dual-purpose breed.

Characteristics:
The breed is noted for having nearly no wattles and a small cushion comb – the comb appearing much like a small round button sitting low on the head. The small comb and wattles allow this breed to withstand the cold Canadian winters without worry of frostbite. Not surprisingly, the breed is noted for being very hardy, is an excellent layer of brown eggs with a reputation as a good winter layer, and has a well-fleshed breast.

It is an excellent choice for anyone wanting a productive fowl that will excel in a cold climate.

The Chantecler is listed as 'endangered' by Rare Breeds Canada.

 

Chantecler