Our Chicken Breeds
Barred Plymouth Rock
The breed Barred Plymouth Rock originated in the United States in the mid-19th century. Layers of brown eggs, Barred Plymouths are laid-back, winter-hardy chickens. They can lay up to 300 eggs a year!
Indigenous to a south-west region in Spain, the breed Blue Andalusian was further developed in Britain in the mid-19th century. This breed is quite active and needs a lot of space to roam in. Hens lay around 150 white eggs per year.
Although similar in appearance to Barred Plymouth Rock, Cuckoo Marans actually originated in France in the mid-19th century. They lay extremely dark brown eggs - around 150 a year - and are quite sociable.
Golden-Laced Cochin Bantam
Cochins were brought over from China to Britain in the 1850s under the name "Pekin." The Golden-Laced Cochin is an extremely docile, friendly breed, that love to brood. Bantams lay around 100 small white eggs a year.
The Black Australorp is a breed that was developed in Australia in the 1920s. It was initially popular because of its egg laying - on average 250 brown eggs a year - a feat that broke world records at the time!
These delightful birds (a personal favourite on the farm) are known for their green, yes, you read that right, green eggs. They originated in America in the 1970s and lay around 180 eggs a year.
Barnevelders were developed in the Netherlands in the early 20th century - a cross-breed between recently imported Asian chickens and domestic birds. They lay around 200 large brown eggs a year and are known for laying through the winter.
The Cream Brabanter is our oldest breed of chicken. They originated in the Netherlands in the 1500s, but almost went extinct in the early 20th century. They are still considered extremely rare, especially in North America. During the year, hens will lay 200 large white eggs.
A French breed developed in the 1860s, Faverolles are known for their sweet disposition and chatty nature. They love to carry on a conversation! Hens can lay up to 200 light brown/pinkish eggs a year. Like Barnevelders, they will also lay through the winter.
Despite what their name would suggest, the actual country of origin for Polish chickens is unknown. The breed was standardized in the Netherlands in the 16th century. Buff-laced Polish were developed in the early 20th century. Hens lay around 180 white eggs a year.
First appearing in Persia, Russian Orloff chickens were spread across Europe in the 17th century. The breed itself is named after Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, a Russian count, who played a large role in promoting the breed across Europe. Hens lay around 100 light brown eggs a year.
Developed in Britain in the early 19th century by Sir John Saunders Sebright, the Sebright is our only "true bantam," which simply means there is no corresponding standard-sized Sebright. Laying only around 60 small white eggs a year, Sebrights are mostly kept for ornamental reasons as opposed to practical ones. They are on several poultry watch lists and are considered quite rare.
Blue-Laced Red Wyandotte
Wyandottes were developed in the late 19th century in the United States. They were originally known as American Sebrights, but then later named after the indigenous Wyandot peoples of North America. The particular origin of Blue-Laced Red Wyandottes is somewhat unclear - some sources trace the breed back to the 1880s in America and others to the 1920s in Germany. They lay around 200 brown eggs a year.
Red Rock Cross
Red Rock Cross are a fairly recent breed, resulting from a cross between a male Rhode Island Red and female Plymouth Rock. They are excellent dual-purpose chickens and the hens lay around 250 large brown eggs a year.
These gentle giants originated in Britain in the 19th century. They are known for their sweet and friendly disposition and lay between 200 and 280 brown eggs a year.
Cream Crested Legbar
This lovely breed was developed by two individuals in England and officially became a breed in 1931. These darlings lay a beautiful blue egg. They are also one of only a few autosexing breeds - the male and female chicks are different colours!
This is a recent breed - developed in the 1970s - which draws on Malines, New Hampshire Reds, and Welsummers. They are a large dual-purpose bird, which are a friendly, cold-tolerant breed that lay around 200 large brown eggs a year.