Golden Laced Wyandotte: Egg Laying, Broodiness and Temperament

gold laced wyandotte

The Golden Laced Wyandotte is possibly one of America’s most beautiful and beloved chickens and one that is hard to mistake with its stunning plumage. It is a breed that was created in the fairly recent past by poultry farmers looking for a homegrown dual-purpose chicken. At the time there were few truly dual-purpose breeds […]

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Welsummer Chicken: All You Need To Know

Welsummer Chicken: All You Need To Know

These beautiful birds are under-represented in the backyard world of chickens. This is a great shame as they have many outstanding attributes for the small homesteader as we shall see. They are a fairly recent addition to chicken breeds, being ‘born’ less than one hundred years ago in the Netherlands. They are popular in the […]

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Cream Legbar Chicken: Is This Blue Egg Wonder The Chicken For You?

The Cream Legbar has become a firm favorite here in the US at least, in part for its’ blue eggs. It is a fascinating study in genetics as few breeds have had their origins so well mapped. As you may imagine, the breed was not created overnight, in fact, it took several decades of study, […]

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Silver Laced Wyandotte: Egg Production, Temperament and More…

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The creation of the Wyandotte breed came about from the desire to have a chicken breed that was suitable as an ‘all-rounder’ – that is, for both eggs and table fare. Wyandotte’s are good layers of light to dark brown eggs averaging about 200 eggs/year. Of course, other colors came along later, but the Silver […]

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7 Chicken Breeds That Do Well in Cold Climates

Chicken Breeds That Do Well in Cold Climates

The winter weather here in upstate New York during the winter can be brutal, and certain breeds of chicken don’t survive here. It’s crucial that when you’re considering which breed of chicken to get, you take into account your local climate in addition to the bird’s natural climate. A mismatch of the two can prove […]

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Serama: Is This Tiny Chicken Right For Your Flock?

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Small but mighty, the Serama lays claim to the smallest chicken globally and one of the most expensive! It is a relative newcomer to the Western world but has been known in Singapore for many years. Serama breed has the distinction of being a true bantam – there is no large counterpart chicken. It has […]

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Old English Game Chicken — Everything You Need To Know

Old English Game Chicken

Can you recognize an Old English Game chicken?  This fierce, powerful chicken breed exudes a strong disposition and indomitable spirit, and they were once the dark aces in cockfighting.  They boast stunning feather colorations ranging from iridescent black to a glossy silver duckwing, classy wheaten, and crele plumage.  No wonder why they drew many poultry […]

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Guinea Hen: All You Need To Know (Complete Care Guide)

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Guinea hen’s popularity seems to be on the rise. They go by several names, but the most common are Guinea Fowl and Pet Speckled Hen. These peculiar-looking birds are quite the talk of the town wherever they are seen. They are a strange-looking bird to be sure, once seen, never forgotten. They are dramatically different […]

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The Cornish Chicken Breed Profile – All You Need To Know

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If you’re confused about the Cornish Chicken and the Cornish Cross, you aren’t alone. Even for a chicken fanatic, digging up the correct information on these two varieties of chickens can take time. So, let’s sort that out right off the bat—the Cornish chicken is not the same as the Cornish Cross broiler. The Cornish […]

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The Sapphire Gem Chicken: The Complete Info Guide

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Also known as the Sapphire Blue Plymouth Rock or Blue Plymouth Rock, the Sapphire Gem is all the rage for novelty and specialty chicken fanciers. Scouring the internet for information on this rare variety will most likely lead you down a dead-end road or to the local jewelers’ websites. There is conflicting information on this […]

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