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Henderson - Ithaca
The "Easter Egg Chicken",
This unusual breed gets its name from the Indian
tribe of Chile where they were first discovered.
Araucanas lay beautiful colored eggs of blue-green
shades from turquoise to deep olive. These natural
Easter Eggs will amaze your friends and make a
great "show and tell" project for school.
Adults are of medium size with pea combs and our
breeding stock is selected for their ability to
produce colored eggs. They exhibit a wonderful
combination of colors and color patterns and 10
or 20 of these birds make an absolutely beautiful
laying flock that is extremely hardy and will
be the talk of the town. Baby chicks come in all
colors, plain and fancy, just like the adults.
This is a unique breed and great fun to have when
the colored eggs start coming. Our Araucanas are
recommended for egg laying color and ability and
not for exhibition.
This breed originated in Australia
developed from Black Orpingtons imported from
England; and the emphasis of the breeding program
was on egg production without sacrificing too
much in size and meat quality. Some sensational
results were made in the Australian program, and
one hen set a laying record of 364 eggs in 365
days. Introduced into this country in the 1920's,
they have become useful and popular and are certainly
one of the best layers of light brown eggs of
all the heavy breeds. A flock of Black Australorps
with their glossy black plumage which has a greenish-purple
sheen and their larger than average bright red
combs make an unusually handsome sight. They are
big birds, cockerels weighing 6 to 8 pounds at
maturity and pullets 5 to 7. They have a pinkish
white skin and plump bodies which dress out nicely
once the birds have their final plumage. Pullets
mature early and many will be in production between
5 and 6 months of age. They are quiet, gentle,
and stand confinement well. Baby chicks are black
with a good deal of white in the underparts and
small white patches around the head and wings.
We have handled this breed for years and think
it is one of the best of the heavy breeds.
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. Their heavy, full
plumage make them excellent winter layers, shelling
out brown eggs right through cold weather. They
also make excellent setters and mothers.
The Barred Rock is one of the
all time popular favorites in this country. Developed
in New England in the early 1800's by crossing
Dominiques and Black Javas, it has spread to every
part of the U.S. and is an ideal American chicken.
Prolific layers of brown eggs, the hens are not
discouraged by cold weather. Their solid plumpness
and yellow skin make a beautiful heavy roasting
fowl. Our strain has the narrow, clean barring
so desirable in appearance. Their bodies are long,
broad, and deep with bred-in strength and vitality.
These chickens are often called Plymouth Rocks,
but this title correctly belongs to the entire
breed, not just the Barred variety. Whatever you
call them, you can't beat them for steady, reliable
chickens. Baby chicks are dark gray to black with
some white patches on head and body.
This is one of the most famous
and all time popular breeds of truly American
chickens. Developed in the early part of this
century in the state of the same name, they have
maintained their reputation as a dual purpose
fowl through the years. Outstanding for production
qualities, they have led the contests for brown
egg layers time after time. No other heavy breed
lays more or better eggs than the Rhode Island
Reds. Our "production" strain is keeping
up the fine reputation of this old favorite. Baby
chicks are a rusty red color and the mature birds
are a variety of mahogany red.
The Silver Laced is the original
Wyandotte and the other varieties were developed
from it later with crosses on other breeds. It
is an outstanding example of American poultry
breeding ingenuity and is one of the most beautiful
breeds we offer. It is colorful, hardy, and productive.
The broadfeathered, smooth fitting plumage is
sharply marked. The general appearance is silvery
white and lustrous greenish black as each feather
is edged in a contrasting color. 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 and will set some. This
is another excellent variety for exhibition. Baby
chicks vary from almost black to light silvery
gray and many have contrasting light and dark
stripes on the back.
The Speckled Sussex was developed
in Sussex County, England over 100 years ago.
It was famous there as a table fowl with pinkish
white skin and long, deep body ideal for fattening.
It is of medium size, in the heavy breed class,
a layer of light brown or tinted eggs, and the
hens will set. Its plumage color is a delight
to the eye being of rich mahogany base color with
individual feathers ending in a white tip separated
from the rest of the feathers by a black bar.
Baby chicks vary greatly in color from a creamy
buff to dark chestnut and some also have alternate
dark and light stripes lengthwise on the back.
This variety combines beauty with utility, and
is very nice to raise for showing.