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Dual - Purpose Chickens

We raise our heritage breed chickens on pasture whenever possible.
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.

Chicks and pullets are available spring to fall.

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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

 


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 light 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

Silver Laced Wyandotte

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

Origin:
This parent variety of the Wyandotte family originated in New York State in the 1870s. Originally known as "American Seabright'" or "Seabright Cochin", the breed name changed to Wyandotte in 1883 when it became a Standard breed.

Characteristics:
This attractive bird has silvery white feathers laced in black, clean yellow legs, and a rose comb. While showy in appearance, this is a great dual-purpose breed and extremely cold-hardy. Eggs are light-medium brown in colour and baby chicks are a soft light grey-black.

Wyandottes are adaptable to free range or confinement and are docile. Hens occassionally exhibit broodiness and make good mothers.

Silver Laced Wyandotte hen

Speckled Sussex

Standard Weight:
Cock  9 lbs, Hen 7 lbs,
Skin colour:              White
Egg Shell Colour:     Brown

Origin:
A very old English breed originating in the County of Sussex. Established by 1845, and possibly earlier, this popular breed supplied meat and eggs for the London market from the mid-19th to mid-20th century. This breed was admitted to the APA in 1914 and has been considered a threatened heritage breed though it is in now, hopefully, recovering.

Characteristics:
This breed has a medium-sized bright-red single upright comb, clean legs, and beautiful lustrous mahogany plumage, each feather tipped with white and a narrow black bar dividing the white from the balance of the feather.

The Speckled Sussex is a calm, graceful bird adaptable to free range or confinement. Hens lay a reasonable number of eggs and are good mothers.

 

Speckled Sussex hen
 
       
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