About the Farm
The farm here on Thunder Creek has been in the Hypes family for 125 years. Our girls are the 6th generation raised on this land. During it's history, the farm has been home to a small dairy, beef cows, pigs, and now bees and poultry. While chickens have always been kept here on the farm, we have dedicated our time and effort to select and improve breeds that are rare beauties and capture the attention of both experienced and new chicken enthusiasts. We guarantee the health of our flock and any chicks we send to you.
The German Bielefelder (pronounced BEEL-felder) is a remarkable breed. Not only are they striking to look at, and impressively large, they are prolific producers of extra large, brown eggs. The chicks grow fast and are very hardy. They are friendly and calm birds, which makes them very easy to work with, even for first-time chicken keepers.
These birds originated in the 1970's, in the Westphalia region of Germany, and are named for the town of Bielefeld. Often called the "Uber" chicken, they were designed through selective breeding to be an all-purpose bird which excels in growth, feed efficiency, early maturity, and egg production. This makes them truly an asset on the farm. They are an auto-sexing breed, which means the males and females can be identified at hatch. Unlike sex-linked crosses, this breed continues to maintain that trait through generations. The first imports were brought to this country by Green Fire Farms, and we maintain stock directly from their lines.
Crested Cream Legbar
The Crested Cream Legbar is a blue egg laying, auto-sexing breed. They originate in Britain, where they were created (accidentally) when crossing Gold Legbar hens with a White Leghorn. This resulted in the cream colored bird we now know.
The breed was standardized in 1958, but the numbers dwindled along with the popularity of the blue egg. The breed was rescued from obscurity and are now becoming popular for their many fine qualities.
This a slender, elegant breed. They have a small feather crest behind their comb. They are excellent layers, averaging 180-200 eggs per year of medium to large sized, sky blue to blue-green eggs.
Isbars (pronounced ICE-bar), hail from Sweden. They are a small bird, though not a bantam breed, and lay large green eggs. The egg size is more impressive given their size. They are excellent fliers, making them a good option for free ranging. They are smart and train easily, though they tend to be wary of strangers.
The chicks will be a mix of black, blue, and splash. This line of Isbars comes from Green Fire Farms.
The Appenzeller Spitzhauben originates from Sweden. These beautiful, unique birds are noted for their forward pointing Mohawk and Dalmation spots. They are truly a gem in any flock for their sticking appearance.
These birds are light but lay a full sized egg and are highly productive. These are very self-sufficient birds, being very successful free rangers. They fly well and keep themselves out of danger. They are active and fun to watch.
We hatch chicks from a flock of Silver Spangled Spitzhauben, maintained by our good friend Jeremy in nearby Pilot, VA. The parent stock is from Green Fire Farms.
We love to hear from you! Send an e-mail with any questions you may have.
Orders are taken via e-mail at this time. Payment is via Paypal. EMAIL YOUR REQUEST PLUS MAILING INFORMATION FOR A SHIPPING QUOTE.
As of August 2017, prices are as follows:
Day old chicks: $20/each
Outside ready pullets: $30/each
Ready to lay pullets: $40/each
Males only available as day-old chicks, and by special request.
Note- at day-old, AUTOSEXING breeds can be sold PULLETS ONLY, other breeds are sold STRAIGHT RUN, a mix of males and females.
145 Thunder Creek Trail
Newport, VA 24128