Our order from Sand Hill Preservation arrived at the Post Office this morning.
We ordered 5 Black Welsummers
Named after the village of Welsum in Holland. Most famous for the deep, dark brown eggs. Medium sized bird with yellow skin and a single comb with five points. Color pattern of chicks and adults is similar to Brown Leghorns.
5 Black Copper Marans
The Black Copper Marans is one of the rarest breeds of chicken in the United States. It is a fascinating breed of laying chicken; producing one of the darkest chocolate-brown eggs known. It is one of the rarest breeds in this country due to the import ban on fowl in the US. They are quite common in France.
5 Blue Americaunas
A blue chicken that lays a blue egg. How perfect! These lovely birds are excellent layers with gentle dispositions and sport beards, muffs and a tail. Their small pea combs make them a fine choice for Northern and Southern poultry fanciers.
And…. 11 Icelandic Chicks!
An unbelievably hardy land race. A land race means that they are not all uniform in color or body type. You will see a diversity in comb type as well. They all do seem to have a tuft of feathers on the top of the head. They are superb layers of small to medium sized off-white eggs. Knowing Iceland’s moderate maritime climate and that this breed had developed there for over a thousand years, I was fearful they would not handle the extremes of Iowa weather very well. I was first pleasantly surprised in the Winter when they handled -25 deg. F with ease. Then on that horrible July day with a heat index of 133 deg F, I was afraid that when I reached their pen I would find them all dead. I was pleasantly surprised to see none dead even though there were massive losses in adjoining pens. They are superb foragers with a most pleasant temperament. This is perhaps the ideal breed for someone who wants a diversity of color, but only wants one breed. They are not a terribly large chicken but are extremely feed efficient.
We suffered some minor losses during transport by 3 being squished beyond recognition and 1 that is pretty squashed but we are hopeful will recover. The kids of course are extremely excited!!
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