The term Banty Chicken derives from the official term Bantam. Where and why the term “Banty” came about is a mystery to me. No doubt some of my kinfolk from around these Southern United States came up with this term! Us southern folk have a way with the english language and have never been shy about shortening or fowling up words! OOps, I meant fouling up words. [click to continue…]
We all have to start somewhere and the Australorp chicken is a good one to start with. The Australorp is a big soft feathered bundle of bird! The toenails are white in contrast to the black legs and beak. The term Austral-orp derived from the Australian Black Orpingtons. The Australorp is a mix of heavy breeds that are very good meat and egg chickens. [click to continue…]
The Lakenvelders Chickens or commonly called Lakenfelders are a breed of chicken that was developed in the early 1800′s in Germany. These chickens are a smaller chicken and have small bones. The feathering has very distinct and contrasting colors of black on white. The predominant color is white with a black head , neck and tail feathers. The black has white mixed in with it. The Rooster has a bit more black in the tail area because of his long tail. [click to continue…]
The Booted Bantam or Dutch Bantam and also called Sablepoot is a bantam breed of chickens. This bird has a fabulous grouping of feathers on its feet and hock joints, called vulture hocks and “sables” in Dutch. This is a true bantam and has no larger bird counterpart. These birds are namely kept for pests and show birds. They are a close relatives of the Belgian Bearded d’Uccle. Many people mistake them for the Belgian Bearded d’Uccle, referred to as Mille Fleur, or Millie for short. [click to continue…]
Contrary to popular belief, the Polish Chicken is not from Poland! This breed actually originated in England. The Polish Chicken is known for its crest of feathers on the top of the head. The oldest accounts found of feather topped chickens comes from the Netherlands. They do have a comb but the crest of feathers on the top of the head covers it and the eyes as well. [click to continue…]
The Dominicker Chicken Breed it actually named Dominique. The name has been tossed around and I doubt if anyone can really tell or know when the term Dominicker started being used. These are beautiful stately chickens and are some of the older ones that was brought over during colonial times to New England from their original homes in The country of England! [click to continue…]
There are some things that need taken into account when you start raising chicks. Since more and more people are raising their own chickens and even hatching them in today’s cities and urban communities, Ayslen Redmond, one of our readers has written an article for us pertaining to raising chicks.
Whether you buy chicks from a feed store, have them shipped to you from a hatchery or hatch them yourself, all chicks need a brooder to stay warm and safe in! [click to continue…]
The Welsummer Chicken Breed is a very popular breed of bird. This is the breed used on the Kelloggs Corn Flakes Boxes. This is probably one of the most common Roosters outside of the Dominecker that people envision when the term rooster is used. We see this in our mind from having seen it on the Kelloggs boxes for so long. This beautiful chicken is a long time favorite of many and will continue to be so as it is a good bird for the farm or backyard. A good dual purpose bird!
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We have had several questions since this page has been created but Chicken Basics and Definitions have not been one of them! The questions have covered a hugh range of topics of which we have tried to faithful answer. I found it odd that no basic Chicken questions dealing with the parts and names of different types of chickens have been asked. The following is some basic information I have put together for those who may have questions and just didn’t want to ask for whatever reasons! [click to continue…]
We get this question a lot, How to incubate eggs? Continue reading the article from Lots “A” Cluckin’ Farms for some terrific information.
Chicken eggs hatch in 21 days most of the time, it can vary with different breeds. For example, bantams like Seramas typically hatch on day 19 or 20. But larger breeds such as Brahmas or English Orpingtons can take up to 24 days! [click to continue…]