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Discovering the Finest Autosexing, Uncommon and Fancy Hen Breeds – Maine Homestead Journal


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Mar 15, 2024
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As a part of our enhanced biosecurity requirements and plans for optimum flock turnover, we is not going to add any new uncommon and fancy hen breeds for 5 years. It’s important to seek out eggs from a number of sources to allow this plan and have the ability to selectively breed from numerous inventory.

-Mandy Wheaton, Chief Hen Wrangler


Upcoming Hen Breeds:​

  • Black Ameraucana
  • Lavender Ameraucana
  • Black Copper Marans
  • Autosexing Olive Egger
  • F1/F2 Customary Olive Egger
  • Cream Crested Legbar
  • Opal Legbar [Edit: none hatched]
  • Mille Fleur d’Uccle
  • Golden Neck d’Uccle
  • Frizzle d’Uccle [Edit: can’t flippin’ wait to see the feathers grow out over the next week…. cross your fingers for frizzles.]
  • Opal d’Uccle
  • Golden Bielefelder
  • Silver Seabright
  • [Edit: Picked up an 8mo laying 55 Flowery Hen, and expecting hatching eggs by mail from a separate line in mid-June.]

Because of everybody who voted and weighed in on breeds over the previous few months as we made our closing selections! We ended up with extra breeds than initially supposed.

Our hatchery has closed for Spring 2022 after the tragic lack of our flocks in fall of 2021. We went on an egg-pic 2,968-mile highway journey to gather wonderful inventory from a number of states alongside East Coast, together with our first ever bantams and quail. We now have reside mealworms and frass on the market within the meantime

Belgian d’Uccle Booted Bantams​

And I did a factor. I ordered bantams. I mentioned I’d by no means do it. However right here I’m. We will likely be bringing house Mille Fleur and golden neck d’Uccle booted bantams. I like them already. My Instagram has been blowing up with gorgeous images of them. I simply HAD to have them.

And it will get even higher, I discovered Mille frizzles from a second supply from some unimaginable show-quality inventory. I’m DYING to hatch them. I’ve by no means held a bantam-sized chick and guess it’s the cutest.

Between the regal physique form, pretty coloring, dainty eggs, and charming character they appear to be the right fowl for our youngest son to be taught the commerce with. These will likely be ‘his’ chickens that he’ll study breeding practices and the way to make alternatives with.

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Black Copper Marans​

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Marans from our 2021 inventory.

Given the rigorous breeding program forward, I sourced our Black Copper Marans hatching eggs from six farms.

With this excessive stage of variety and such wonderful darkish egg coloration to start out from, I really feel like I’m at place for an final chocolate egg breeding program. An anticipated 75-80% hatch fee and an estimated 50% being roosters, leaves us with roughly 30 laying hens by Christmas.

Although not as uncommon as they as soon as have been a number of years in the past once I started preserving this breed, I nonetheless really feel they’ve a spot in our line of uncommon and fancy hen breeds.

Final yr’s inventory was so wonderful I contacted the farms I bought from final yr first.

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Gold Bielefelder​

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Our three laying women trying a bit aggravated that I woke them up. Rise ‘n shine ladies!

For our upcoming auto-sexing breeds, we have now bought gold Bielefelders from three farms. These birds are gentile giants with very heavy roosters, excessive manufacturing of jumbo eggs, and nice broody-mama hens.

I’ve by no means ever ever seen such giant eggs. We might barely shut the additional giant cartons once we picked them up and made certain to put the on the highest of the egg crate stack for the trip house.

They have been simply the scale of Pekin duck eggs!

The Bielefelder is an all-around a fantastic homestead breed which we look ahead to elevating right here on our farm. This may allow us to supply a feminine chicks domestically and maintain the roosters to develop out for our household.

I additionally look ahead to utilizing their feathers in my art studio.

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Opal & Cream Legbar [Edit: no opals hatched]​

To supply one other autosexing breed option to our prospects, we will even be including Legbar from two farms.

Legbar chickens not solely have an autosexing gene, they lay large blue eggs persistently, and the hens have a foolish little tuft atop their candy little heads.

They will even make a fantastic addition to our olive egger plans. [Edit: so few hatched that we will not be placing any in the OE pen.]

Lavender & Black Ameraucana​

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As lots of chances are you’ll know, Lavender Ameraucana maintain a particular place in my chicken-mama coronary heart. These fluffy cheeks, slate blue legs and eagle eyes are simply so good-looking. Furthermore, they lay pretty child blue eggs and are very winter hardy. They have been typically the primary ones to slide out of the coop on tremendous chilly mornings right here on the mountain.

We now have picked up two colours (and cut up) Ameraucana from 4 farms!

I’m additionally including a dozen black and black/self-blue splits for each variety and improved feather high quality crosses as wanted. A number of the Lavenders final yr had feather high quality issues and we had simply hatched some black splits once we got the horrible information to euthanize the flocks.

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Multi-generational Olive Eggers​

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We now have been generously gifted autosexing olive eggers so as to add to our flocks. I’m so excited to strive them out!

This may create a really numerous array of inexperienced layers, a fantastic addition to a small yard flock, in half the time we anticipated.

NOTE: We’re additionally contemplating Silver Seabrights in mid-June! Photographs of inventory to come back. That might actually high off our uncommon and fancy hen breed listing!

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