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 A blue Isbar hen.  The Isbars in this line are Black, Blue and Splash.

Silverudd's Blue (Isbar)

Silverudd's Blue (formerly known as the Blue Isbar), hail from Sweden. They were one of several breeds created by Martin Silverudd.  They are a light weight hen which lays 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 content hen makes a singing noise, like a "trill" which is beautiful and unique.

The chicks will be a mix of black, blue, and splash.  Our Blues are from first generation imports, with some second generation imports bred in for heartiness.  We are working on breeding to the Standards of Perfection while still maintaining a healthy flock.  

Bielefelders

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 jumbo-sized 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. 

 

Legbar

The 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.  We breed the crested variety.

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. They are curious and love to investigate everything you are doing in the coop.  Their antics are fun to watch, and their quirky personalities stand apart from the rest of the crowd.

 

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Orpingtons

The Orpingtons come from England and are the largest and calmest chickens we breed.  They are great layers of light brown jumbo eggs.  Many color varieties are available.  We breed the Silver Laced Orpingtons, and are working on Blue Buff Columbian lines now.  These are English Orpingtons which breed true for large size, calm disposition, full feather skirts, and cold heartiness.  The silver lacing is crisp and clean, even on the roosters. 

These birds are slow growing and take time to mature.  They are extremely docile and make excellent pets for children.  Though large, the roosters are not aggressive.  They like to get out of the pen to stretch their legs, but do not range far.  They do not fly over fences, but stay to the confines of a yard very well.  They do need vigilant protection from predators if allowed to roam as they are not quick and agile.  

 Delaware Rooster, This one is Sarge.  We liked him and his brother so much, we kept both and alternate who lives in the bachelor pad.

Barnevelders

The Barnevelder is a Dutch breed which traces back to the 19th century.  These are sturdy birds of good size which lay large brown eggs.  Unlike some breeds, they lay through winter and are very cold hearty.

The color variety we breed is the double silver laced Barnevelder.  The hens show exquisite white lacing on deeply colored black feathers and are truly elegant.  Like Audrey Hepburn in black evening gown and pearls, they are just lovely.  The males do not have this lacing, but boast iridescent black feathers and have that "Black-tie" feel about their look.  A bantam variety exists in this breed, as well as the large fowl.  We are breeding only the large fowl at this time.

 The Spitzhaubens we hatch are raised by our good friend, Jeremy.

The Spitzhaubens we hatch are raised by our good friend, Jeremy.

Spitzhaubens

The Appenzeller Spitzhauben originates from Switzerland.  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.  

 

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French Marans

The French Marans (pronounced Muh-RAN) is highly prized for exceptional eggs.  Not only are they renowned for their amazing flavor and quality, but the deep mahogany color of the shell is truly a prize.  We breed three varieties- the traditional Black Copper, Blue Birchen, and Lavender.  

This a calm, quiet breed.  They are confident, but not aggressive.  They are healthy and cold hearty.  

Our breeding program is focused on the breed type (look of the bird) first, and egg color second.  Our girls are consistently producing a lovely, dark egg.  We are members of the Marans Club of America and collaborate with other top US breeders to protect the unique qualities of this rare breed.