New Hoover’s Breeds for 2019!

December 7, 2018

We’ve created a jam packed lineup of new chickens this year at Hoover’s that won’t disappoint you! We wanted to offer a more diverse lineup of colors in eggs and plumage, and we’re proud to bring you two new breeds that lay olive colored eggs plus a blue egger this year! You’ll find new breeds that are more traditional and even more new breeds imported from the Czech Republic! We hope you enjoy our selection as much as we enjoy acquiring and raising these beautiful breeds for your backyard flock! 2019 availability is in and you may reserve your birds starting now! Visit our website or give us a call to place your order! You can also check our New 2019 Breeds category on our website!

Blue Andalusian

The original ancestors of the Andalusian came from Spain, but British poultry fanciers are believed to be the ones to really perfect the breed. The Andalusian is most well-known for its striking blue plumage. The ground color of the Andalusian is slate blue with each feather being laced with darker blue. Their large red combs and wattles and white earlobes truly make a stunning and beautiful bird. They have an active disposition and
are known to be excellent foragers. The males will develop a large, full tail at maturity along with long flowing saddle and hackle feathers. They are very prolific egg layers and, like all Mediterranean breeds, can handle hot temperatures well. This breed hatches black, blue, and splash coloring; there is no guarantee what color you will receive.
APPROX. 280 MEDIUM EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: WHITE | MATURE WT: MALE 7 LBS. FEMALE 5.5 LBS

Buckeye

The Buckeye was created in Ohio by crossing Cochins, Plymouth Rocks, and Malay breeds. They feature rich, brilliant red plumage, yellow legs, and a pea comb. They are good egg layers and grow fairly rapidly. Buckeyes are hardy and resist frostbite very well, thanks to their small comb and wattles. Due to their Malay ancestry, they are very rugged and excellent foragers. They have an easy-going demeanor and are not inclined to be flighty. The Buckeye is the ultimate combination of beautiful plumage, utility, and hardiness for the backyard flock.
APPROX. 200 LARGE EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: BROWN | MATURE WT: MALE 9 LBS. FEMALE 6.5 LBS

Cochin

The Cochin is an ancient breed originally from China. When they first arrived in the United States they were immensely popular and were used to develop many American breeds such as the Plymouth Rock and Rhode Island Red. Although originally prized as a meat bird, Cochins today are primarily bred for exhibition. They have a docile temperament and are very cold-hardy thanks to their abundant, loose-fitting plumage. The hens are also wellknown for their broody instincts and mothering ability. They come in several beautiful plumage colors including Buff, Blue, Black, and Partridge. *Only sold as a color assortment and as straight run.
APPROX. 175 LARGE EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: BROWN | MATURE WT: MALE 11 LBS. FEMALE 8.5 LB

Midnight Majesty Marans

The Midnight Majesty Maran has black plumage with feathered feet. Deep browns show up through their down feathering underneath, making them a mix of beautiful dark brown and black plumage. This breed will lay dark brown eggs and will lay a lot of them! You will truly enjoy this breed in your backyard flock and its dark eggs in your egg carton! These hybrids perform well in many different climates.
APPROX. 250 LARGE EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: DARK BROWN | MATURE WT: MALE 7 LBS. FEMALE 6 LBS.

Olive Egger

Our Olive Eggers come from a couple of different crosses. We have one line that is a cross of Americanas and French Cuckoo Marans. With this hybrid, most of the females will be black but a few will come out blue. We also have another cross that is between Legbars and Welsummers, our goal with these is to create a green egg that is speckled similar to the Welsummers. Both of these crosses have a chance of laying brown eggs.
APPROX. 240 MEDIUM EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLORS: BLUE, GREEN, LIGHT BROWN MATURE WT: MALE 5.5 LBS. FEMALE 4.5 LBS.

Partridge Plymouth Rock 

The Partridge Plymouth Rock is an American creation developed by mixing Partridge Cochin, Dark Cornish, and Golden Wyandotte. Other reports suggest that Brown Leghorns and Golden Penciled Hamburgs were also used to create this beautiful variety of Plymouth Rock. The Partridge Plymouth Rock combines all of the excellent utility traits and hardiness of other Plymouth Rocks with the intricate pattern known as Partridge. The males feature dark red hackle and saddle feathers with a black tail and breast. While the female’s feathers are a rich mahogany brown delicately marked with two to three concentric black bands known as penciling. The feather pattern is even more stunning upon close examination. Like
other Plymouth Rocks, they have a gentle temperament and are not only good egg layers, but also grow to a large size, making them excellent dual-purpose chickens.
Approx. 200 eggs/year | Egg color: Brown | Mature weight: male 9.5lbs. female 7.5lbs.

White Crested Blue 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 1830s and 40s. They are a great breed and are docile and even-tempered. They are easily surprised and sometimes nervous due to their feathers limiting their eyesight. This makes them more vulnerable to predators.
APPROX. 110 MEDIUM EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: WHITE | MATURE WT: MALE 5 LBS. FEMALE 4 LBS.

Prairie Bluebell Egger

Our Prairie Bluebell Egger lays a novel blue egg but produces higher quality eggs than a pure Araucana. This breed was created by crossing Araucanas and White Leghorns, this creates a chicken that lays a large quantity of eggs that have blue shells. The Prairie Bluebell Egger is an active bird that is very good at foraging. They are lightweight and do not eat as much as larger breeds. Plumage color varies considerably among individuals, so you can count on having a great variety of beautiful color patterns.
APPROX. 280 MEDIUM EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: BLUE | MATURE WT: MALE 5 LBS. FEMALE 4 LBS.

Rudd Ranger

We’re so proud of our meat birds here at Hoover’s that we just had to name one after our little town of Rudd, Iowa. This “haus” loves to free range and finishes out slower than the Cornish Cross Broiler, but the wait is worth it! The Rudd Ranger is a versatile bird that can be raised in more confined areas or in free-range environments but prefers the latter. Just like our wonderful Rudd residents, these birds are docile and get along with most other breeds. They have red plumage with dark tail and wing feathers. When dressed, the Rudd Ranger’s body is more proportional compared to a broiler, making the dark meat almost equal the breast meat.
MATURE WT: MALE 11 LBS. FEMALE 8 LBS.

Sapphire Olive Egger

The Sapphire Olive Egger is both easy on the eyes and the olive eggs are sure to be a great addition to your “eggscape” in your egg carton! This hybrids is a wonderful egg layer and you can’t resist that tuft on their heads! These birds can adapt well to different climates, especially warmer ones.
APPROX. 240 LARGE EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: OLIVE | MATURE WT: MALE 7 LBS. FEMALE 6 LBS.

Silver Lakenvelder

The Lakenvelder is an old German breed that is famous for its unique color pattern. The neck, saddle, and tail feathers of the Lakenvelder are black, while the wings, back, and breast are white. The pattern gives them a belted look similar to Dutch Belted cattle and Hampshire hogs. The sharp contrast of black and white feathers makes them an interesting bird to have and admire. In addition to their unique color, they are also very good egg layers. They are a lightweight active breed that is well adapted to free-ranging. The Lakenvelder is a unique and rare breed that would add interest to any flock, all while producing lots of eggs for the table. *Sold as straight run only.
APPROX. 280 MEDIUM EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: WHITE | MATURE WT: MALE 5 LBS. FEMALE 4 LBS.

Starlight Green Egger

The Starlight Green Egger is very similar to the Prairie Bluebell Egger. This breed was created by crossing the Bluebell Egger with a brown egg layer, the result is a chicken breed that lays high quantities of only green eggs. As with the Bluebell Egger, the Startlight Green Egger is a light weight and very active breed that is an excellent forager in free-range situations. The plumage color is also highly variable and comes in many beautiful color
patterns not typically seen. If you are looking for a bird that consistently lays a green egg and will lay a lot of them, all while having a beautiful color pattern, then the Starlight Green Egger will be a great addition to your flock!
APPROX. 280 MEDIUM EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: GREEN | MATURE WT: MALE 5 LBS. FEMALE 4 LBS

We hope you enjoy our 2019 lineup of new breeds! We are always here to help you if you have any questions over breeds or your orders.

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