Chickens are descended from the Asian Jungle Fowl. Although they have been bred for many specific characteristics, they retain their instinct to roost at night and scratch for food during the day. For happy chickens, arrange their environment so they can scratch and hunt for food as well as roost in a secure area at night. Chickens are raised for several purposes: egg laying, meat, and ornamental value. Our chickens have been primarily selected for egg production.
There are many breeds of chickens just like there are many breeds of dogs. Some of the differences between the breeds are subtle: body shape, straightness of back,etc. Each breeds comes in several colors variations: buff (tan), white, barred (each feather is striped with blurred edges to the stripes), partridge (multi-colored), black, red. Bantams are smaller versions of the standard size chickens.
Below are the breeds in our flock. They are hatchery quality chickens, which tend to lay more eggs than show quality chickens. Unfortunately, they also tend to have shorter life spans. All of our hens lay large to extra large eggs except the Lakenvelder, which lay medium white eggs.
Rhode Island Red