2020 New Breed Line-Up

December 9, 2019

When planning our new breeds for 2020, we were a little more careful in choosing breeds to add to our line-up. You’ll see less breeds than last year, but the ones we added are both beautiful and will give you a purposeful addition to your existing flock. We added birds with new feather patterns to robust egg and meat performance, we know you wont be disappointed. Here is our list of new friends we will be hatching this year. All of these birds are now available in 2020, so book your orders now before they are gone!

Sapphire Splash

Our Sapphire Splash is a rebel rendition of our Sapphire Gem, with a mix of light to medium dark gray plumage and specks of darker feathering showing up throughout its body. This Czech breed has great performance just like its other Czech cousins. It is both cold and hot weather hardy and is a high performing egg producer! Please note that due to its splash coloring the colors of the bird will vary.
APPROX. 290 LARGE EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: BROWN | MATURE WT: MALE 7 LBS. FEMALE 6 LBS. |Straight Comb

Chantecler Mix

Partridge Chantecler males have brilliant rich red plumage on the neck and saddle with black tails and breasts while the females are a rich mahogany brown with each feather having intricate black markings known as “penciling”. Buff Chanteclers are a beautiful golden buff color, similar to the coloring of the Buff Orpington. The Chantecler is a cold-hardy, dual purpose breed that was originally developed in Canada in the early 1900s. The first Chanteclers were created by crossing Wyandottes, Cochins, Cornish, and Leghorns. The goal was to create a hardy, dual purpose bird that could withstand the harsh Canadian winters, lay a good number of eggs, and produce a good carcass for the table. Chanteclers feature small cushion combs along with small, practically non-existent, wattles and dense feathering. All of these traits make it very well suited to cold northern climates. You will receive a good mix of both varieties in this assortment, with no guarantee in number of color of each. APPROX. 200 LARGE EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: BROWN | MATURE WT: MALE 9 LBS. FEMALE 7 LBS. | CUSHION COMB

Assorted English Orpington

Orpingtons were first imported to the U.S in 1900 and have been a favorite farm-flock and exhibition chicken since. In England their popularity sky-rocketed and breeders developed many new varieties in addition to the Black, Buff, Blue, & White which are common in the U.S. Until very recently, none of these other color patterns had yet made their way over to the U.S. English-bred Orpingtons tend to have looser fitting feathers, shorter bodies, and shorter legs. They are broad across the back and have a more rounded shape compared to American-bred Orpingtons. Despite their differences, the English are still similar to the American-bred birds as they are good dual-purpose birds laying a good amount of brown eggs and have a gentle temperament. We are excited to offer the following varieties of English Orpingtons: Silver, Blue, Chocolate, Jubilee, and Mottled. *No color is guaranteed in the assortment. APPROX 290 LARGE BROWN EGGS/YR | EGG COLOR: BROWN | MATURE WT: MALE 7LBS FEMALE 6 LBS

Ancona

The Ancona is an old Italian breed that is known for its ability to lay lots of white shelled eggs. They are a light weight breed that can have either a single or rose comb. The males develop long flowing tail feathers that make them especially eye catching. The plumage is black with white-tipped feathers, this is known as mottling. With each molt, birds tend to get whiter. They have an active temperament and are great foragers, and thanks to their smaller size they eat less than larger breeds. Anconas provide a wonderful combination of eye-catching plumage color, long flowing tails, and high egg production, all while being very feed efficient. Approx. 280 eggs/year| Egg color: White | Mature Weight: Male: 6lbs. Female: 4.5 | Single Comb

We hope you enjoy our line up of new breeds this year, thank you for being such loyal customers!

You might have noticed a little change in our look this year, and like our little town of Rudd says, “We’re not bigger, we’re just better.” We like to challenge ourselves in looking from where we have come from to where we’re going, and we thought our logo needed a facelift to match our values statement. The open shield in our new logo reflects our humility and openness to change. Our only change is our look and making our values more apparent to better serve you. Our service and tenacity in striving for our customer’s success remains the same.

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