Take a Gander at our 2018 New Breed Line-Up!

December 14, 2017

For a good portion of the year, Hoover’s prepares our breeder flocks for the next season. We carefully select breeds for our line-up that are both hardy, and would fit well into different farm or backyard environments. We know that you will enjoy our new selection of sex-link chickens that originate from the Czech Republic. No other breeder in North America has these sex-link breeds, and their egg laying abilities in more extreme weather do not compare to other breeds that are available here in the United States. We have also added to our rare breed line-up some Brahmas, and we have a few new meat breeds that will give your operation more flexibility! At Hoover’s, we not only believe in selection, we believe that every bird we offer should hold its name and be able to fit into your existing backyard flock or operation no matter how small or large. We hope you enjoy our new 2018 breeds, and they are all available to order now!

New Standard Layers

Calico Princess 
The Calico Princess is topaz colored and its feathers alternate in color between the light red-orange and white making it seem like a glimmering topaz stone. They are great egg layers and do well in many different environments. They are also robust and can adapt well to different climates. This bird is a specialty hybrid that was created by a breeder in the Czech Republic.
Approx. 290 Large Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Cream | Mature Wt: Male 5 lbs. Female 4 lbs.

 

 

 

Delaware
The Delaware breed was developed in 1940 by George Ellis in the state of Delaware. These hardy birds make great dual-purpose breeds to add to any flock. They have white plumage with some black barring on the feather ends of their hackles. This breed matures quickly and the hens make great egg layers. The Delaware breed matures quickly and this should be kept in mind when selecting these birds for your backyard or farm. This breed also tends to be calm and docile.
Approx. 260 Large Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Brown | Mature Wt: Male 8.5 lbs. Female 6.5 lbs.

 

 

Rhode Island White
Being from the same state as the Rhode Island Reds, the creator of the Rhode Island Whites wanted the two breeds to be similar in body shape to prevent being confused with White Plymouth Rocks. The Rhode Island White chickens have blocky body figures that are deep and broad. The males make great meat chickens due to their well-rounded breast meat. The breed is known for its great egg laying through the winter and being very calm and docile birds.
Approx. 250 Large Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Brown | Mature Wt: Male 8 lbs. Female 6.5 lbs.

 

 

Sapphire Gem 
This brand new sex-link chicken will amaze you with its blue and lavender colored plumage. This Czech breed is an excellent egg layer and great forager. It does well in hot climates and is a breed very close to the Old Andalusians. This bird is a specialty hybrid that was created by a breeder in the Czech Republic.
Approx. 290 Large Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Brown | Mature Wt: Male 5 lbs. Female 4 lbs.

 

 

Sienna Star
The Sienna Star is an attractive alternative gold and silver sex-link hybrid. The genetics are a Brown Leghorn and a Sussex, making an excellent egg layer that produces cream-colored eggs. The Sienna Star’s robustness and quiet temperament make this bird suitable for backyard flocks to larger farms.
Approx. 290 Medium Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Cream | Mature Wt: Male 5 lbs. Female 4 lbs.

 

 

White Jersey Giant
In the late 1800s New Jersey breeders created a chicken designed to rival the meatiness of the turkeys back then. The massive Black Jersey Giant was the result of merging the genetics of several large breeds. Later, the white Jersey Giant was created. Roosters often weigh and amazing 11 pounds  with hens only a few pounds lighter. They grow slowly but eventually are a third larger than most other heavy breeds. These birds are ideal for anyone wanting an impressive hen that lays about 240 extra-large eggs annually. When younger, the birds will mature relatively quick, but they tend to reach a marketable meat weight slower than other breeds. It could take up to 9 months for this bird to fill out its meat proportions.
Approx. 240 X-Large Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Brown | Mature Wt: Male 11 lbs. Female 9 lbs.

 

New Rare Breeds

Buff Brahma
This perfect backyard chicken breed is named for Indias Brahmaputra River. The breed probably came to the United states on Nineteenth Century sailing ships or it may have been developed here from other Asian Breeds. Either way, Brahmas are enormous. Hens weigh about 10 pounds with loose fluffy feathers that make them look even bigger. Feathers cover their feed and shanks, keeping them warm in winter. Their docile, gentle , and quiet temperament makes them one of the best breeds around children. Hens lay about 200 medium sized brown eggs annually, sometimes go broody, and are attentive mothers.
Approx. 200 Medium Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Brown | Mature Wt: 18 lbs. Female 14 lbs.

 

Columbian Wyandotte
These Columbian Wyandottes make wonderful egg layers. Wyandotte’s are one of the most strikingly beautiful chickens to grace a backyard flock. Developed in New York, they are quiet, easy to manage an dare one of the most winter hardy of all breeds.
Approx. 245 Medium Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Cream | Mature Wt: Male 7 lbs. Female 5 lbs.

 

 

 

Dark Brahma 
This perfect backyard chicken breed is named for Indias Brahmaputra River. The breed probably came to the United states on Nineteenth Century sailing ships or it may have been developed here from other Asian Breeds. Either way, Brahmas are enormous. Hens weigh about 10 pounds with loose fluffy feathers that make them look even bigger. Feathers cover their feed and shanks, keeping them warm in winter. Their docile, gentle , and quiet temperament makes them one of the best breeds around children. Hens lay about 200 medium sized brown eggs annually, sometimes go broody, and are attentive mothers.
Approx. 200 Medium Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Brown | Mature Wt: 18 lbs. Female 14 lbs.

 

 

French Copper Maran
The Maran breed originates from a town called Marans, France. They are very winter-hardy breeds with docile temperaments. They tend to be more athletic, taking to foraging and free ranging more often than other breeds. Marans lay dark brown and dark speckled eggs. These tough birds make a great addition to backyard flocks.
Approx. 175 Medium Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Darker Brown | Mature Wt: Male 6 lbs. Female 4.5 lbs.

 

 

 

Golden Laced Polish
Contrary to belief, the breed name Polish doesn’t come from Poland. They were named after the Polish army’s feathered caps because it closely resembled their feathered crests. The chickens originated in Spain but were then brought to Holland, and eventually the Dutch perfected their coloring. They became a fairly popular bird in France, then started appearing in the United States around the 1830’s and 40’s. They are a great breed and are docile and even tempered. They are easily surprised and sometimes nervous due to their feathers limiting their eye sight. This makes them more vulnerable to predators.
Approx. 110 Medium Eggs/Year | Egg Color: White | Mature Wt: Male 5 lbs. Female 4 lbs.

 

New Meat Birds

Husky Red 
If you’re looking for a red feathered meat bird that has a faster growth rate than the Red Ranger, but also does well in free range environments, then the Husky Red is the bird for you! The Husky Reds will finish and mature slightly faster than the Red Ranger breed. They are a very versatile bird where they enjoy free range environments but can be raised in smaller areas as well. They are docile birds with red plumage and can be raised alongside other breeds.

 

 

Red Broiler 
The Red Broiler is a fast-growing meat bird with most of the same qualities as the Cornish Cross breed. It has red plumage throughout its body with white down feathering showing through. The Red Broiler tends to forage more and grow at a slightly slower rate than the Cornish Cross, but faster than the Red Ranger. Approx. 175 Medium Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Brown | Mature Wt: Male 11 lbs. Female 8 lbs.

 

 

 

New Quail

Coturnix Quail 
The Coturnix Quail is the most common breed of quail in the United States. It is also known as the Japanese Coturnix. It is a tough little bird who is fairly quiet, has great feed to egg conversion, and its eggs are very nutritious. It is always on alert for predators. *Sold as straight run only.
Approx. 230 Small Eggs/Year | Egg Color: Cream | Mature Wt: 5-6 oz.

 

New Turkeys

 

Narangasset Turkey
The Narangasset Turkey originates in Narangasset Bay Rhode Island. It was there that this breed was standardized for production. These rare turkeys are medium sized and calm. The mature female weight at 20 weeks is 17 pounds and the males mature at 30 pounds. Order minimum of 15 and ships separately from other turkeys.

 

New Assortments
Assorted Domestic Turkey 
Egg Production Pack
Assorted White Egg Layers
Hatchery Choice Dual Purpose
Fry Pan Special

 

 

 

 

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