We are happy to announce that we now have several different breeding pairs of chickens. Take a look at the pictures and info about the different breeds. We would love to sell fertile hatching eggs or incubate chicks for you. At this point it will be local only.
Our first breeding pair is the Golden Duckwing Phoenix. The Phoenix is a breed that was developed from imports of the Japanese long tailed breeds mixed with Western breeds. The main thing you are going to notice in these chickens is the longer tail feathers with both length and multiple feathering on tails, hackles, and saddles. Obviously, the hen's tails are not nearly as long as the rooster.They have single combs and clean legs. The roosters are very protective of their hens and can be a little more aggressive if he perceives you as a danger. Handling from a young age helps. They are also more flighty, but again, if handled a lot are quite friendly. They love to roost high., Mine roost in the top of the barn if I don't put them in their pen at night. At this time we are still working to improve our flock. Currently, we have three hens and one rooster. Phoenix's are on the watch list so we want to keep promoting this breed. They lay small cream eggs.
Fabio, looking handsome.
One of our hens, Marigold.
A typical Goldenduckwing chick.
You will get some white Phoenix's occasionally as well, even though they are full golden duckwing.
Our next breeding pair are Gold Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhaubens. This breed originated in Switzerland. The word Spitzhauben actually means pointed hood. They have a V comb, feather crest, and clean legs in both males and females. These birds are friendly if handled a lot, but are also more flighty and like to roost up high if given a chance. They lay nice size white eggs and are good foragers. This breed is not yet recognized by the APA.(American Poultry Association) We are proud to do our part to help this beautiful bird be recognized here. Spitzhaubens are on the threatened list so we want to help get these guys noticed. Would be a shame to lose such a beautiful type of bird.
One of our hens, Reese's Pieces.
Typical Spitzhauben chicks
This is our rooster, Snickers.
Our next breeding pair are Chanteclers. These originate from Canada. There are a few different colors, but only white and partridge are recognized by the APA. We have buff because we think it's a beautiful color. They are on the watch list now having recently been on the critical list so we are happy to continue the promotion of this breed. They have a cushion comb and clean, yellow feet and can be used for both meat and egg production. They lay brown eggs.
Our buff Chanteclers. We have a roo and two hens, but they are only about 5 months right now.
Our next breeding pair are Bantam Cochins. Cochins originated in China, and bantam just means small size. These little guys are super cute and usually have very sweet temperaments. They have feathered feet and a lot of extra down under their feathers, which gives them a fluffy appearance. They also have single combs and lay small cream colored eggs.
At the top is our black hen, Vortex.
Bluester, our blue bantam Cochin roo. Notice on the hen even her leg feathers and undercoat are black. The blues usually have blue undercoats and feet feathers.
. Skittles is a Mille Fleur bantam Cochin.This is not a recognized color, but it is so much fun, that we had to keep him. Currently looking for a pretty mille girl to put with him.
Next, is what I call our fun project, but it really is about promoting a new breed and helping it get recognized by the APA. We will be showing and breeding in an effort to help these guys become recognized here. These are called Sizzles. In Sizzles there are two types, smooth feathered and frizzle feathered. Sizzles come from a cross of Cochin(we used bantam size) and Silkies. First let me explain Silkies. Silkies are a dark meat breed. They should have black, walnut combs, black skin, and 5 toes rather than the standard 4. Silkies also have rabbit-like feathers as opposed to regular barbed feathers. They can be bearded or non-bearded.
This is a non-bearded Silkie. Him crossed with our black frizzle bantam Cochin below was our start into the Sizzle world.
This is Frizz, which was our frizzled Cochin. Frizzle just means curly feathers.
When you cross these two, you can get 4 types of chicks. First, you can get a regular Silkie, which is going to have the rabbit- like feathers. Second, you can get frizzled Silkies. These have curly rabbit-like feathers. Next you can also get two types of Sizzles. The Sizzles have feathers that are not like fur, but like regular chickens. You can have both smooth and frizzled feather types in the Sizzles as well. Sizzles should have all the same characteristics as a Silkie, except for the rabbit fur feathers. To sum it all up you are trying to have a breed that has dark skin, 5 toes, walnut comb, and regular barbed feathers instead of rabbit fur feathers. Many breeders are making some amazing, beautiful Sizzles and more and more of them are turning up in shows all over the country. I'm going to show you, some of the Sizzles that we got from these two bred together.
This is Marshmallow. (dont ask the kids named her) She's a smooth Sizzle that we got from the pair above. You can see she has the dark skin and comb and she also has 5 toes. She's a nice F1 (what they call your first Sizzle created from your cross) Not saying she's perfect by any means, but she is a good starter hen to get more Sizzles from.
The guy with the silver feathers at the top is out of the same hatch. You can see daddy's silver coming out in him. He is also a smooth Sizzle. I ended selling him as a two year old because he got nasty with us. I tried to work him out of it, but he just wouldn't stop being mean. I did not get any chicks from him.
This is Sazz. She looks just like mom, except she has the dark skin and dark comb. Love her! She is a frizzled Sizzle(FI, remember that means first generation) She has regular frizzled feathers (not rabbit fur feathers) just like her mom,
Ok, so we are wanting show quality Sizzles, but I also want to have some fresh bloodlines. So, I kept the two hens for breeding. In the meantime, I had a black Silkie roo. He is not show quality, but I went ahead and put him over these two hens. Putting them with a Silkie helps to keep your Silkie characteristics strong. I also ordered a doz eggs from Sheri Minkner in California. Her website is http://californiacountryranch.blogspot.com She has been working on her Sizzles for a very long time and has, in my opinion, some of the best show quality Silkies and Sizzles you can find. I hatched some of my own chicks from my Silkie Roo and my Sizzle hens and also hatched some from Sheri. I am kicking myself because I sold several of my own Sizzle chicks. I should have kept them to make sure I had some hens. The two I kept ended up both being boys. Here's the picture of my Silkie and then I will post the two Sizzles I got from him over my two Sizzles.
This is Big Joe. You can see that he has golden hackles( gold neck feathers) meaning he isn't a true black. Again he isn't show quality, but he is very sweet and has produced some beautifully colored babies like the two below.
This is Smudge and he is not a recognized color. I call it Calico, but I don't think there is even a name for it. It's so much fun I am hanging on to this guy for now. He is an F2( second generation) smooth Sizzle.
This is his brother, Porcupine. I cannot even..... he is just one of my favs. Have no idea yet what I am going to breed these two with, but I am excited to try a few things. He is an F2 Frizzled Sizzle.
I just like the contrast of these two. That is a blue splash smooth sizzle that I got from Sheri's eggs and my frizzle Sizzle.
(you can see why we named him Porcupine in this picture)
For now I am going to set up three separate breeding pens, but I haven't fully decided who I am putting with who yet. Here's a few pictures of the chicks I hatched from Sheri that will be part of our Sizzle breeding program. Once I decide who is going with who, I'll post pictures of the hens and roos that are together.
This gives you a good idea of several different breeds. Do some research on the breed types and see what fits with your family. One note though, it gets addicting so don't tell me I didn't warn you. I will be posting prices for eggs and chicks on another page as soon as I get it all figured out. All of our chickens are pt tested and you will get paper work that shows that when you purchase eggs or chickens from us.