So I am planning on adding in a new chicken breed to the farm, one that is ideally under served in my area, meets my own chicken needs here on the farm and so I have it down to a couple choices..
Swedish flower hen, its a landrace of birds, very colorful indeed, a nice mix of egg and meat dual purpose. Hard to find is a under statement..
Salmon Faverolles, I loved wash and while I can not find these local to me in two provinces, even had a girlfriend who attended the bird show in Canada this weekend and there was one lone poor quality rooster available.. hmmm
I can import a good selection of chicks for this breed from the usa and then breed to both keep the show and work towards also increasing farm wants..
I will be attending a number of bird sales this spring, but as I saw and bought the only faverolles rooster in ten years off sales, the odds are not good, watch for more news on that front at a later time.
so what will I be ordering and raising for sure this year..
Light Sussux Chicken, I am bringing in unsexed chicks of this breed, 24 in total, the best hens and roo or two will be kept, the rest will go to freezer camp.
While I do have Wash the roosters daughters who are coming three this spring, the rest of my hens now range between four and eight years in age and as sad as it will be, need to get some new blood on the farm.
Hope to have lots of eggs, hens sitting, chicks hatching this year as well.
So what are your chicken plans for the year.. Are you adding in new stock, trying a new breed, staying with your tried and true on love, hatching your own.
What is your oldest hen in your flock, if you live in Canada, do you follow the rule of lighter colored chickens, or do you go darker but provide more light or just know you will less winter eggs.
Will you be heading out to your local bird sale this spring