Breeding Quartet for 2021
Various Pullets Available
The majestic Brahma is an old breed with its roots far back in time; as with many heritage breeds, the exact genetic makeup of this bird is unknown. Historians have reconstructed the likely origins of this noble bird from clues left in the poultry books and journals of the 1800s.
Famed for its size and known as King of ‘Chickens’, it’s a docile, calm bird that is a both used for meat, and egg laying. They are sedate birds with broad, deep bodies, full breast and long powerful, orange or brilliant yellow legs and feet covered with abundant soft feathers which produces lovely big floppy feet. The head is small for such a large bird and the face is smooth and free from feathers with large, prominent eyes, short strong beak and a triple or pea comb and small wattles. The brow is broad which produces heavy eyebrows.
Brahmas are very large, stately, docile birds who make good reliable broodies which can cover a large number of eggs due to their size. The eggs are small and low in number but chicks hatch strongly and grow quickly. Their feathering is beautiful and they are very elegant birds.
They will happily stay behind 2-3 foot fencing and prefer dry conditions because of their foot feathering they can develop mud balls (or fecal balls) on their toes. If this is not removed, the loss of nails or the tips of the toes may result.
They are slow maturing and take two years to reach maturity. They are trusting birds and are easy to tame.
Because of their size, they do take up a lot of space but they do not fly and can be let out to roam happily in the garden. Hens don't start to lay until they are around six or seven months old and the eggs are as small as those of the larger miniature breeds.
They do continue laying throughout the winter unlike some pure breeds. Their profuse feathering makes them very good at withstanding cold winter weather.
They are tolerant towards other breeds so can be kept together with other varieties without any problems and can even be submissive towards others despite their large size. Even the cockerels will tolerate each other. They make very little noise and even the cockerels do not crow particularly loudly.
Purpose - Dual Eggs & Meat
Today, the Buff Orpington is one of the world’s most popular breeds. A heritage chicken, it was even the favourite breed of Queen Elizabeth!
A much loved, beautiful bird with personality.
Originated in Orpington, Kent, in the late 1800's. .
It is a docile chicken breed, the Buff Orpington is known as the friendliest and calmest of all the Orpington varieties.
It will even let you know when it’s ready for some loving, emitting soft little cries to encourage you to pick it up!
Good winter hardiness.
The Leghorn is an Italian breed, named after the port of Leghorn, from which they were shipped all over the world. The breed was further developed in the USA, arriving in Britain in the 1870s. The Leghorn is usually an all-white bird except for its yellow legs and beak, and coloured facial features.
Leghorns will get dirty and muddy, so don’t keep them if you’re a clean freak, and want your chickens to look as immaculate as your home!
the Leghorn is a superb chicken to keep at home if you love eggs, as they are proficient layers, and lay throughout the winter. It’s no wonder that they are the breed of choice for commercial egg farms, laying eggs as white as their feathers.
Leghorns are not broody, non-sitters, and they continue laying after many other breeds are finished The chicks mature early, and young hens are ready to lay within four to five months. Leghorns are heat tolerant, but hate the cold, so make sure you bring them in during frosty weather, and provide them with a draught-free coop and plenty of bedding.
They are rather aloof, and since they can fly, they should be kept in an enclosed run. They will take quickly to being free-range.
Egg Colour - White
The Araucana comes from South America and are named after the Araucano tribe of Native South Americans. There are records of blue egg laying chickens in South America going back to the 1520’s. They first appeared in Europe at the World Poultry Congress in The Netherlands in 1921, exhibited by Prof. Castello who imported them around 1914. These were rumpless birds with pea combs and tufts of feathers growing near their ears and laid blue eggs. Rumpless birds had an advantage in the wild because predators struggled to catch them.
Great back garden bird. They are hardy with a great resistance to all common poultry-related diseases. The breed is a great flier so wings may have to be clipped or they will need to be kept in a fully enclosed run.
Araucanas are an active, hardy, light breed that lay a unique blue/green egg with colour permeating right through the shell. The Araucana is one of the most varied breeds. It comes in tailed, crested and rumpless, tufted versions. Both types have thick muffs and beards.
Rhode Island Red
2021 Potters Breeding Plan
The Cochin is a breed of large domestic chicken. It derives from large feather-legged chickens brought from China to Europe and North America in the 1840s and 1850s. It is reared principally for exhibition. It was formerly known as Cochin-China.
French Wheaten Maran - Limited Laying Hens Available
French Black Maran - Limited Amount Available
French Cuckoo Maran - OFS
This poultry breed is famed for the deep glossy brown colour of its eggs.
Good pure breed Marans can be hard to find. The Maran was one of the last breeds to be introduced to the UK. It was developed in France in the town of Marans in the mid 1800s. The eggs started to be imported to the UK by a London wholesaler. The dark brown eggs soon caught on and became very popular which led to English farmers breeding the Marans.
They are a medium to large sized hen.
Slow growing and being a of a utility breed the cockerels make great Coq au Vin.
They are a docile bird, quite placid in nature they forage well and are quite disease resistant.
They have bright orange eyes and white legs. Best of all they produce an almost chocolate brown egg and very succulent meat. They were popular as show birds in the 1940s where there were far more colours including a gold colour cuckoo.
Marans can be lazy birds. They will get fat very easily if allowed to therefore it is best to keep them as free range as possible to prevent this. Marans are easy to look after and if given the space will be active.
Cream Legbar rare breed hens originate from Britain. They are a very alert and sprightly chickens and lay approximately 180 Blue, Green or Olive shaded eggs per year.
They are very productive layers.
This breed of chicken is known as an auto-sexing type. The male Cream Legbar have a distinct pale dot on their head and the females have a dark brown or black stripe on their heads which will carry on continuing down the body. Both types have a yellow beak with either red or orange eyes and yellow feet.
The Cream Legbar is a chicken that enjoys foraging, so if you can provide them with an area to roam so much the better. Although they can tolerate confinement.
They appear to be a healthy breed of bird with little in the way of problems. The crest should be carefully checked for lice as birds with ‘headgear’ have a tendency to collect them.
Chicks and Young Birds In Stock
When collecting your chickens, please bring a suitable carrier to take them home in.
A cat carrier, dog crate (with a blanket over the top) or a cardboard box would be perfect.
Two chickens would be comfortable in a cat carrier. Please ensure that the carrier is secure and ventilated,
ideally with some shavings or straw to keep the chickens clean and happy on the journey.
If your cardboard box does not have any holes, we will make some for you.
We also have some cardboard boxes available if you forget or don’t have an available carrier -
we won't ever charge you for boxes!
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