Pasture Raised Chickens

 

 

We have chosen to work with several heritage breeds of chickens.  Heritage chickens by definition are also all recognized by the American Poultry Association.  We work with all multi purpose birds.We breed towards a show standard without loosing their market value.  Our birds are raised on open ground and need to be fit and strong enough to handle a variety of weather conditions.  Most breeds we raise are used as meat birds and all breeds are used for egg sales when the eggs aren't being incubated.  As of 2019 we are starting to offer some live birds for sale as well.  So contact us in interested and to check availability.  However, we are not shipping right now so all birds will have to be picked up from the farm.

We are concentrating our efforts on Buckeyes, Dorkings, New Hampshires, Phoenix, and hope to add Dark Cornish in 2019.  We do however keep some easter eggers and other crosses to keep variety in our eggs that we sell.

 

 The Buckeye is a dual-purpose breed of chicken with a deep, lustrous red color of plumage. They have yellow legs and skin, and, thanks to their pea comb, are very cold-weather hardy. While Buckeyes adapt readily to a variety of living conditions, they do best under free-range conditions, or conditions where they have room to move around. Because of their active nature they do not do especially well in small confined spaces. Roosters weigh approximately nine pounds; hens weigh approximately six and a half pounds and lay medium-sized, brown eggs.

 

New Hampshires are a relatively new breed, having been admitted to the Standard in 1935. They represent a specialized selection out of the Rhode Island Red breed. By intensive selection for rapid growth, fast feathering, early maturity and vigor, a different breed gradually emerged. This took place in the New England states-chiefly in Massachusetts and New Hampshire from which it takes its name. They possess a deep, broad body, grow feathers very rapidly, are prone to go broody and make good mothers. Most pin feathers are a reddish buff in color and, therefore, do not detract from the carcass appearance very much. The color is a medium to light red and often fades in the sunshine. The comb is single and medium to large in size; in the females it often lops over a bit. These good, medium sized meat chickens have fair egg laying ability. Some strains lay eggs of a dark brown shell color. New Hampshires are competitive and aggressive. They were initially used in the Chicken of Tomorrow contests, which led the way for the modern broiler industry.

The Phoenix chicken is an alert breed with a pheasant-like appearance. They are fair layers and do go broody. The chicks are hardy, but require extra protein when their tails are growing. The breed is well-suited to estates where it can roam at large, thriving best when given a good deal of freedom.
Phoenix chickens are recognized by the American Poultry Association as a standard breed in three varieties: Silver (1965); and Golden (1983); Black Breasted Red (approximately 2003).  Males weigh 5.5 lbs and females 4 lbs.

 
The Dorkings are fairly new to our farm and unfortunately don't have any good photos currently of them.  We have both white and Silvers.  Although it has been a struggle to get  this breed up and going.  They are a good sized bird and we have high hoes for their future here on our farm and in the future on many other farms.The Dorking chicken is an ancient breed first developed as a landrace in the area of Kent, Sussex, and Surrey counties in England. This area was famous for producing poultry of the highest quality for the table; the five-toed Dorking having been the most sought after of these chickens. It is the town of Dorking, once called Darking, for which the breed was named.  
 
Our farm cross was created by crossing birds that exhibit our favorite traits.  We are trying to breed birds for good foraging ability, smaller combs, good layers, broody and good mothering instincts, multiple colored eggs, and produce a decent size table bird.