Friday, February 20, 2015

New Chicken breed chosen!

We are back in the chicken business!

As you may recall from a year ago, we lost our chicken flocks due to a tragic fire in winter of 2014. We attempted to rebuild the flock from the few remaining hens, but there just wasnt enough to get us to production size with them. So, after waiting for a year to get to breeding time.. we have chosen and ordered our new flock!

We have decided on Buff Orpington breed.  They are a heritage breed that works well for both meat and eggs. Here is a description of them:

One time years ago at our Hamilton County Fair the poultry judge was asked to describe the correct plumage color for this variety. Taking out his gold watch he said, "That's the color for Buff Orpingtons." And pure gold they are, symbolic of great value and high quality. Introduced from England in the late 1800's, they became one of the most popular farm fowls in this country. These are large, stately birds of quiet disposition. Easy to dress for the table they are white skinned, plump, and juicy, a beautiful eating bird.Their heavy, full plumage make them excellent winter layers, shelling out brown eggs right through cold weather. They also make excellent setters and mothers. These "Golden Beauties" have been one of our most popular varieties for years and years with their glistening plumage and pinkish white skin. Baby chicks are a soft light buff color. 

It will take a while to get back into production, about 7 months from now. But these birds will provide us with a nice supply of eggs and meat and broths.

Stay tuned!

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