Breed of the Week: Swedish Flower Hen

SWEDISH FLOWER HEN

Even roosters of this breed go by “Swedish Flower Hen,” as that is the breed name.​

​While we have always admired this breed, we did not have plans to keep them here until we ordered a few extra chicks on a whim along with another breed.  Their gorgeous coloring and friendly personality convinced us they should stay!  We were also very impressed with their general hardiness compared to some of our other breeds.  We have uncrested males and both crested and uncrested females in our flock. It is not recommended to breed two crested Swedish Flower Hens together. These chickens lay a large egg that can vary in color from light brown to nearly white.  Chicks can be any color and are banded at hatch so they are not confused with other breeds in the brooder.

Swedish Flower Hens are a land race, meaning you tend to find a lot of variety within a single breed.  There are crested and uncrested, as well as multiple pattern bases including mille fluer, wheaten, birchen, partridge, etc.  You can find swedish flower hens in any of these patterns and more here in the US already.  In addition to the e locus pattern base, Swedish Flower Hens come in blue, black and splash.  I find looking at the tail feathers is the best place to identify the color base. No matter the color, these showy chickens are fairly hard to find and their rarity will stand out in your flock!

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One Swedish Flower Hen day old chick, straight run.  SFH lay a large egg that can vary in color from light brown to nearly white.  Chicks can be any color and are banded at hatch so they are not confused with other breeds in the brooder.

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One Swedish Flower Hen hatching egg. SFH lay a large egg that can vary in color from light brown to nearly white.  Chicks can be any color and are banded at hatch so they are not confused with other breeds in the brooder.

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One dozen (12) Swedish Flower Hen hatching eggs. SFH lay a large egg that can vary in color from light brown to nearly white.  Chicks can be any color and are banded at hatch so they are not confused with other breeds in the brooder.

Coccidiosis

With spring around the corner, everyone has baby chicks on their mind! But with warm weather and spring showers comes… coccidiosis. Do some reading NOW so you understand the symptoms and treatment regimen.

Coccidia is a protozoa, a single-celled organism, found in the environment.  It multiplies quickly in wet, warm conditions- like you might find in a brooder.  It multiplies and takes over the gut of baby chicks that have not yet developed an immunity to it.  There are 9 species of Coccidia that affect poultry.  Not all of them cause the telltale bloody stools, so do not depend on blood in the droppings for diagnosis.  You need a vet to run a fecal float test to check for coccidia eggs. I recommend EVERYONE keep Corid onhand for treating Coccidia. It is a thiamine blocker, not an antibiotic, so it will not hurt anything to run a course for 5 days if you suspect your chicks have been exposed.

Medicated chick feed has a TINY amount of amprolium in it, which is the same thiamine blocker found in Corid.  This is used to help prevent coccidia, but it is NOT 100% protective.  Even chicks on medicated feed can develop coccidia in certain cases, so do not dismiss coccidia just because you use medicated chick starter.

Be sure and treat for five FULL days with Corid or the coccidia can rebound.  Any chicks too droopy or ill to drink on their own should be given drops of medicated water on the tip of their beak every hour until they are well enough to drink.  Follow the 5 days with a few days of poultry vitamins in the water to help replenish the B vitamins that were blocked by the Corid.

Where does coccidia come from?  It’s out in the soil, so often people will bring it in to the brooder from their yard or from visiting feed stores or other places where chicken germs might be carried.  I highly recommend washing hands before and after handling chicks and birds for both your health and theirs.  You and your family, and your cats, dogs, and other livestock, are not at risk of getting coccidiosis from your chickens.  Coccidia strains are species specific.  Cat/dog coccidia are different from poultry coccidia.

Sources:

http://www.chickenwhisperermagazine.com/articles/coccidiosis-chickens-transmission-diagnosis-and-treatment

https://www.merckvetmanual.com/poultry/coccidiosis/overview-of-coccidiosis-in-poultry

Breed of the Week: Langshan

These are the source of lovely brownish pink eggs.​
 
​The Langshan is assumed to originate in China. In the late 1800s Major F. T. Croad of England imported some of these birds to England and began working with him. He was such a strong force in championing this breed that his line kept his name for generations; in fact they are still sometimes referred to as “Croad Langshans.” The stock in the US that was imported is from his line, so all US birds source back to the Croad Langshan line. They are a large, soft feathered breed of fantastic size but very calm temperament.
 
We have a SQ black rooster over blue, black, and splash hens, and recently added a very nice blue cockerel to the breeder flock as well, the son of the black rooster. We mainly hatch blue and black chicks from them but do on occasion get a splash. These birds are magnificent and huge, you cannot tell from pictures how much presence they have. Our Langshan are very calm birds, they are the gentle giants of the chicken yard.
 
Some Langshan lay a brown egg with a plum or pink bloom on them. We have some light brown and some pinkish brown layers in our flock. Please note Langshan do NOT lay plum or purple eggs. Those that you see online have been digitally altered.
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One day-old Langshan chick, straight run.  Eggs will hatch blue or black Langshan, small possibility of splash.  These are magnificent and huge birds, with extremely calm and mild temperament.  Easily one of our favorite breeds.  They lay a medium to large brown or pinkish brown egg.  As with most dual purpose breeds they are not fantastic layers, but we feel their personality makes up for it in a big way.

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One langshan hatching egg.  Eggs will hatch blue or black Langshan, small possibility of splash.  These are magnificent and huge birds, with extremely calm and mild temperament.  Easily one of our favorite breeds.  They lay a medium to large brown or pinkish brown egg.  As with most dual purpose breeds they are not fantastic layers, but we feel their personality makes up for it in a big way.

$35.00  
 

One dozen (12) langshan hatching eggs.  Eggs will hatch blue or black Langshan, small possibility of splash.  These are magnificent and huge birds, with extremely calm and mild temperament.  Easily one of our favorite breeds.  They lay a medium to large brown or pinkish brown egg.  As with most dual purpose breeds they are not fantastic layers, but we feel their personality makes up for it in a big way.

Breed of the Week: Blue and Black Copper Marans

The Marans breed is the source of the famous “chocolate” eggs, favored by gourmet chefs. ​ Black Copper Marans are known for having some of the darkest eggs of all the Marans varieties.

​Black Copper Marans, bred to APA standard, should have feathering down their leg and lay a deep chocolate brown egg.  Other features that we breed for include a solid toned copper hackle and a breast with minimal chest spotting.  Our flock is a work in progress but we are very pleased with the direction our egg color and conformation are heading.  Marans are considered a dual-purpose chicken.

We have black and blue copper marans hens in our flock and eggs and chicks can be either color.  Black Coppers are APA approved and can be shown at any poultry show.  To learn more, including standards and photos of show quality Black Copper Marans, visit The Marans Club of America.

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One day-old blue or black copper marans chick, straight run.  Marans are a large dual purpose breed, with feathered legs and a brown-red plumage pattern.  They lay a large, dark terra cotta/chocolate colored egg.

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One blue/black copper Marans hatching egg.  Marans are a large dual purpose breed, with feathered legs and a brown-red plumage pattern.  They lay a large, dark terra cotta/chocolate colored egg.

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One dozen (12) blue/black copper Marans hatching eggs.  Small chance of hatching a splash Copper Marans chick.  Marans are a large dual purpose breed, with feathered legs and a brown-red plumage pattern.  They lay a large, dark terra cotta/chocolate colored egg.

Breed of the Week: East Frisian Gull (Ostfriesische Möwe)

Frisian Gulls are an old land race from Germany.  They come in three colors, Gold, Lemon, and Silver.  Silver is the rarest variety of the three but all three varieties are considered severely endangered in their native lands.

Frisian Gulls are excellent layers of medium to large white to cream eggs.  Chick markings resemble seagull chicks which may be part of the reason for their name. The chicks have been very hardy for us and we are excited to offer these for sale beginning January 2017.

One caution- these birds are EXCELLENT fliers and need either a safely contained area or a trimmed wing to keep them cooped.  However, they are also excellent foragers and well able to take care of themselves.

These have been our best layers this winter and we have a bumpercrop of chicks available!  So we are offering a special deal on them this month in our Chick Packs!

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One day old East Frisian Gull chick, straight run. Chicks will be gold, silver, or lemon. Frisian Gulls are excellent layers of medium to large white to cream eggs.  Chick markings resemble seagull chicks which may be part of the reason for their name. One caution- these birds are EXCELLENT fliers and need either a safely contained area or a trimmed wing to keep them cooped.  However, they are also excellent foragers and well able to take care of themselves.

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One East Frisian Gull hatching egg.  Chick will be gold, silver, or lemon. Frisian Gulls are excellent layers of medium to large white to cream eggs.  Chick markings resemble seagull chicks which may be part of the reason for their name. One caution- these birds are EXCELLENT fliers and need either a safely contained area or a trimmed wing to keep them cooped.  However, they are also excellent foragers and well able to take care of themselves.

$80.00  
 

One dozen (12) East Frisian Gull hatching eggs.  Chick will be gold, silver, or lemon. Frisian Gulls are excellent layers of medium to large white to cream eggs.  Chick markings resemble seagull chicks which may be part of the reason for their name. One caution- these birds are EXCELLENT fliers and need either a safely contained area or a trimmed wing to keep them cooped.  However, they are also excellent foragers and well able to take care of themselves.

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Ten (10) day-old gold, silver, or lemon East Frisian Gull chicks, straight run.  May be combined with other chicks in an order.  Frisian Gulls are excellent layers.  A recently imported breed, these beautiful and rare birds will add charm and grace to your flock!

SPRING SALE! You can qualify for FREE SHIPPING!

We are having gorgeous weather this week in Oklahoma! So to celebrate that spring is on its way, we want to offer FREE SHIPPING on any order that includes 10 chicks, two of which are our new EAST FRISIAN GULLS! Remember the free shipping is ONLY if your 10-chick order contains at least 2 East Frisian Gulls! Happy Spring!

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One day-old male Cream Legbar chick.  Cream Legbars are a beautiful breed that lay a sky-blue egg.  They are also autosexing- meaning their chicks are sexable at hatch. ​  The down color is markedly different between the male chicks and the female chicks.  They are classed as light fowl, kept more for their egg-laying capacity and egg color than meat production.

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One day-old female Cream Legbar chick.  Cream Legbars are a beautiful breed that lay a sky-blue egg.  They are also autosexing- meaning their chicks are sexable at hatch. ​  The down color is markedly different between the male chicks and the female chicks.  They are classed as light fowl, kept more for their egg-laying capacity and egg color than meat production.

$10.00  
 

One day-old blue or black copper marans chick, straight run.  Marans are a large dual purpose breed, with feathered legs and a brown-red plumage pattern.  They lay a large, dark terra cotta/chocolate colored egg.


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One day-old Blue, Black, or Splash Ameraucana chick, straight run.  Our show-line Ameraucana are beautiful birds.  They lay 3-4 large blue eggs per week per hen.

$5.00  
 

One day-old Easter Egger Chick, straight run; will lay green eggs. Easter Eggers are a popular hybrid due to the colorful eggs and also because they tend to be friendly chickens and excellent layers.

$20.00  
 

One day-old blue, black, or splash Silverudds Blue chick (Isbar), straight run. Silverudds Blues are excellent layers of green eggs.  A recently created breed (1900s), they do breed true and gold or silver birchen markings make them a striking addition to your flock.

$20.00  
 

One day old Jubilee Orpington chick, straight run.  Jubilee Orpingtons lay a large light to medium brown egg.  They are a very large bird, and are considered dual purpose.  This means they are slow growing, taking much longer to reach their full size than similarly aged smaller, lighter breeds.  But their showy markings make them stand out in any flock!

$16.00  
 

One day old Mottled Orpington chick, straight run.  When grown Mottled Orpingtons lay a large light to medium brown egg.  They are a very large bird, and are considered dual purpose.  This means they are slow growing, taking much longer to reach their full size than similarly aged smaller, lighter breeds.  But their showy markings make them stand out in any flock!

$9.00  
 

One day-old Langshan chick, straight run.  Eggs will hatch blue or black Langshan, small possibility of splash.  These are magnificent and huge birds, with extremely calm and mild temperament.  Easily one of our favorite breeds.  They lay a medium to large brown or pinkish brown egg.  As with most dual purpose breeds they are not fantastic layers, but we feel their personality makes up for it in a big way.

$8.00  
 

One day old Olive Egger chick, straight run.  By crossing a Marans with a Legbar, we are able to produce a good layer of olive green eggs!  As an adult they will be barred and crested.

$6.75  
 

One day-old Sapphire chick, straight run. Female chicks (pullets) will lay large to extra large blue eggs.  These are a high demand popular hybrid breed!

$13.50  
 

One day-old silkie chick, straight run. Chicks may be any of the following colors: blue, black, splash, partridge, paint, white. They are wonderful birds and make excellent broodies.  They lay a small white to cream egg.

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