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We specialize in dark egg breeds and extremely rare breeds in need of responsible conservation.

In 2005, we are offering day-old chicks of the following breeds:  

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Penedesenca

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Empordanesa (sister breed to the Penedesenca)

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Bleu, Black, Cuckoo, and Splash Marans

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Welsummers

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Blue Laced Red Wyandottes

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Salmon and Blue Salmon Faverolles

Pictures of our eggs and our birds are available on the photos page.

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Penedesenca One of the three ancient breeds from the Catalan region of Spain, the Penedesenca comes in Black (the most common in the US), Partridge, Crele, and Wheaten.  Ours are Partridge and Crele.  If you're curious, here's a little information about the Catalan breeds.         <back to top>

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Empordanesa One of the three ancient breeds from the Catalan region of Spain, the Empordanesa comes in White, Red, Dark Buff, and Light Buff.  We have Whites and Reds.  If you're curious, here's a little information about the Catalan breeds.        

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Bleu Marans The Bleu Marans appear to be a natural sport in the breed. The blue recognized in France has the hackles of a Copper Black.  Mine have cuckoo hackles.  When crossed with a normal cuckoo hen, my Bleu rooster produces 25% each of the following:  normal cuckoo with white legs; splash like himself, with white legs; solid blue with slate legs; and black with black legs, and sometimes dark combs.  
     The odd color patterns mean they cannot be sexed at hatching like cuckoos.  You can't even predict the adult colors of cuckoo or black chicks, because some smudgy looking cuckoo chicks turn splash, and some blacks turn blue.  A little more about Bleu Marans.     <back to top>

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Welsummers  My Welsummers are a legacy from Lowell Barber. In fact, except for a few I sold, I still have all the original hens he passed along to me, and they are still good producers of nice large dark eggs.  
     I have never understood why other dark egg breeds are so much more popular, when so far, my Welsummers have outdone all the other dark egg breeds for depth of egg color, and consistency of egg color within the flock.  As long as I have had them, I have been working on longer-lasting deep color.      <back to top>

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Blue Laced Red Wyandottes My birds are from Lowell Barber, descendants of his imports, and from an importation from England to Canada several years ago.  A little history on Lowell's BLRs.
     Hand raised, these birds are the gentlest lap chickens I have ever seen.  They are also the ultimate eye candy in any chicken yard.  
     These BLRs have not been crossed with Gold Laced or Silver Laced, which each have genes that can spoil the deep rich red the breed is named for.  The unfortunate part of crossing to Gold Laced or Silver Laced is that the undesirable genes are recessive and therefore hard to breed out, they keep popping up long after you thought you had them licked.     <back to top>

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Blue Salmon and Salmon Faverolles My original Salmons came from Pam Marshall, who was winning very nicely with her line at the time.  When they eventually went home with my friend Will, he acquired a Blue Salmon rooster.  After Will won Best Continental at the 2004 NC State Fair with the offspring of one of my birds, he brought me some Salmon hens and Blue Salmon roosters.  You can tell which ones are Salmon and which ones are Blue Salmon by a few weeks of age.  Blue Salmons are not yet in the Standard of Perfection (SOP), and need motivated people to show and breed them who will work together to get them entered into the SOP.    They are incredible broody mamas (as good as the best silkies)  and great eye candy.     <back to top>

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