Our flock is what got us started in this gig back in March of 2018. All of our poultry (truly) free range and are supplemented DuMOR 15% grower/finisher. We also use DuMOR 16% layer crumble (our chickens do not like the pellets) once all of our hens are laying.
We have several different breeds that range on our farm.
Our best layers are our Rhode Island Reds (RIR). This is an American breed of the domestic chicken and you guessed it, it is the state bird of Rhode Island. This bird was developed in RI and in Massachusetts in the late 19th century by cross-breeding birds of Oriental origin such as the Malay with brown Leghorn birds from Italy. These birds are dual purpose yellow skinned meat and brown egg birds. We currently have 10 of these running around the farm.
We have one Silver-Laced Wyandotte. This is an American breed that was developed in the 1870s. They are named for the indigenous Wyandot people of North America. Wyandottes are a dual-purpose, yellow-skinned meat and brown egg bird. Although our hen is not a show bird, this breed is a popular show bird and has many color variants.
We added 3 "Easter Eggers" to our flock in March of 2019 for the pretty colored eggs. These birds are the American breed deriving from Araucana chickens that were brought from Chile. These birds were bred to retain the blue-egg gene but eliminate the lethal alleles of the parent breed. While these hens are not true Ameraucanas (hints the name Easter Eggers) they still produce the blue eggs you might see in your carton.
In March of 2019 we also added 3 white Leghorns. This breed originated in Tuscany (central Italy) and first came to North America in 1828. These birds were initially called "Italians", but by 1865 the breed was known as "Leghorn". Eggs are the primary use of these birds that are white in color.
We currently have 2 cockerels ruling the roosts. Our Blue Orpington goes by Budrow and he was the first king on the farm. Secondly, Albert came along who is a beautiful Rhode Island Red Rooster. We do not have any problems with them fighting over ladies or territory and we plan to keep it that way!
We most recently added several chicks to the mix in June of 2019. These babies were picked up at Rural King hatching from Hoover's Hatchery.
We added 4 Black Sex Links to the mix. This breed is new to us. These hens are excellent brown egg layers. Hoover's claims that this specific sex link is created from a Barred Rock hen and a Rhode Island Red cockerel and is very versatile. They also state this bird has the temperament of a Barred Plymouth Rock and can hold its own through the winter.
Also added to our collection are 4 Sapphire Gems. Sapphire Gems are sex-linked hybrids created by a breed in the Czech Republic. This breed contains a dominate blue gene and is known for laying brown eggs*.
The olive green eggs that you might see in your carton or on our Instagram come from our 4 Sapphire Olive Eggers. This breed has a cute little tuft on the top of their head and adapt well to different climates, especially warmer areas*.
We have had Buff Orpingtons in the past and they were so cool, we decided to get 4 more. The Orpington breed is named after the town of Orpington, Bromley in south-east London. This a dual purpose bird that lays large light brown eggs. If you plan to get chickens for your family (especially with small children), these are awesome birds to start with as some families have had them as pets.