Roosters and Hens
There are about forty chickens and roosters living at Dunn Farm. They are of varied species, all hand raised as baby chicks. Each spring Tim selects new baby chicks to raise, trying the many different breeds available.
The Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorps, and our Great White turkey, Lizzie, live in the main chicken coop. Black Australorps were developed in Australia from Black Orpington stock. It is a smaller bird with a trimmer look. They have a deep, green sheen on their black feathers, and are very active. They are great egg producers.
The Buff Orpingtons were developed in England during the 1880's and brought to America in the 1890's. Their feathers are loose, making them appear heavier. This helps them to endure cold weather. They exist in solid colors only and the hens make great mothers. Their chicks are not aggressive.
Araucanas were originally discovered in South America, and the roosters have the most beautiful feathers, turquoise, rich brown, white, black, and shimmering blue (see photo above left). The hens of the species are pretty too, but they don't flash the incredible colors that the roosters do. The hens are more iridescent as the light hits their colors. They are a medium size breed and are good layers of color eggs. They start laying around 6 months of age.
The little Bantams have tufts of fuzzy feathers at their ankles, and are very good mothers, even to the point of adopting neglected eggs. That is how one of our little mother Banties hatched three baby Araucanas! ( A gray fox had taken the Araucana mother.)
The Barred Rock chickens are black and white speckled and a heavier breed. They are also excellent layers of brown eggs.
Find out more about the different breeds of chickens. Click HERE.
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