These new pullets will not only add more color to my flock, but they’ll give me a colorful egg basket also!
Fortunately, my town has a local hatchery (Estes Hatchery) where I can purchase and pick up my chicks on the same day … no minimum order and a huge selection of breeds! Here are the varieties I chose.
Known for deep chocolate brown eggs! This isn’t the Black Copper Maran that is the most popular variety, but I hope she will still lay those beautiful dark brown eggs. Marans are winter hardy with a quiet, docile temperament, but are quite active … taking well to free ranging. This breed/variety is not considered a heritage chicken.
Known for blue or green eggs! At the hatchery they told me that this was an Araucana, but after a few questions they admitted that their chicks were not a pure breed, but rather a mix, an Easter Egger. That’s fine by me! Easter Eggers are a wonderful breed, with a calm, friendly personality. They are also winter hardy and have a small comb and will tolerate freezing temperatures. This past winter I had to deal with frostbite on my Buff Orpington’s comb. You can read about that episode by clicking on this link (with photos): Frostbite Combs
Great layer of large brown eggs. This breed is also winter hardy with a friendly personality. According to Murry McMurray hatchery, they’re most happy when they get to range freely. I hope she’ll fit in nicely with my older free ranging flock!
When these new additions reach maturity, the Maran will be solid black in color while the Rock will be completely white. The Easter Egger can have virtually any feather color or pattern and will probably have a beard and muff. In a few months I’ll have quite the colorful flock … and I can’t wait for the colorful eggs!