Doodle Do Spa & Chick Inn Farm
Black Frizzle Silkie
Black Frizzle Silkie
Comb: Dark Walnut Shaped (females will have more V shape)
Use: Ornamental, Exhibition
Egg Color: Cream
Egg Size: Small – 100-160 a year
Average Weight: Rooster 4 pounds, Hen 3 pounds
Temperament: Gentle, sweet and docile, lap chicken
Characteristics: Tolerates confinement, very friendly, 5 toes, black skin blue earlobes.
APA Class: Light Breed
Color Description: Rainbow of colors (White, Black, Buff, Splash, Grey, Blue, and Partridge) but there are so many beautiful varieties (Lavender, Chocolate, Mottled, Paint, and Red and…..)
Breed Details: Silkies are the gorgeous lap dog of the chicken world, complete with hair-like plumage and an incredibly sweet temperament. Silkies are one of the oldest, most beautiful, gentle and unique breeds of bantam chickens. Silkies were originally bred in China. Some believe that the Silkie chicken dates back as far as the Chinese Han Dynasty, in 206BC. The next mention we have is from Italy, where Aldrovandi, in 1598, speaks of a chicken with “fur like a black cat.”
When people first introduced the Silkie chicken to the European public, it was said to be the offspring of a chicken and a rabbit; not unbelievable in the 1800s I suppose. They were written about by Marco Polo in the 13th century, when he told of seeing "chickens with hair like cats that lay the best of eggs".
Silkie feathers are very unique in the chicken world. They lack the barbicels that hold a normal feather together, so a Silkie feather resembles hair or the undergrowth feather of other chickens. If Silkies get significantly wet, a towel or even a blow dryer to get them dry again is a must, due to their feathering.
Silkies have very black skin and bones, which too many makes them un-appetizing as a dinner entree (however this is not the case in China). They also 5 toes instead of the normal 4. The Silkie hens make wonderful mothers and I mean great mothers they will set on anything if you let them. Don’t believe me give them kittens and see or turkeys, geese, ducks.
Plan on your girls going broody after laying about 11 eggs or maybe three.
Hatching Eggs: $40 per dozen
12-20 Weeks: $20
Adult Duo: $45
Adult Trio: $65
Easter & Olive Eggers
Easter & Olive Eggers
Comb: Pea Comb with muffs and / or beards
Use: Egg Layer
Egg Color: Blue, Green sometimes Pink
Egg Size: Large 220 – 280 per year
Average Weight: Rooster 6.5 lbs, Hen 5.5 lbs
Temperament: Friendly, Hardy, Quirky, Comical
Characteristics: Ornamental, heart stealers!
APA Class: Not recognized
Color Description: Multiple color variations
Breed Details: Every backyard flock needs a little pop of blue, green and pink! But FIRST let’s talk about the spelling shall we… the Easter Egger, Ameraucana,
Americauna, and Araucana. We must take a moment to define and educate because, well, certain places we will leave nameless; drive us insane….
Araucanas: Were recognized by the APA as a breed in 1976 they lay blue eggs. They have yellow skin, no tails, no beards, no muffs and can have ear muffs. There are 5 recognized colors Black Breasted Red, Black, Golden Duckwing, Silver Duckwing and White. They are very hard to breed!
Ameraucana: Note the spelling. They have been bred in the USA since about 1960. The APA recognized them as a breed in 1984. They also lay blue eggs. They have a pea comb, white skin, full tails, muffs and beards (always), slate blue or black legs. They have specific colors which APA recognizes: Black, Blue, Blue Wheaton, Brown, Red, Silver Wheaton, and White. Lavender has also recently made the scene. Lastly, the color will sit in front of the name Blue Ameraucana and they should always be more than $4.00.
Americana or Americauna and any other way you might think to spell it: well it’s just not; sorry it is an Easter Egger.
Easter Egger – Now we’re cooking with peanut oil. AND, we’re back! I feel like I’ve been in school learning definitions .. ick Easter Eggers are not an APA recognized breed. They are a variety of chicken that possesses the “blue egg” gene however, they do not meet any breed standards. Don’t be fooled call it what it is.
Easter Eggers also have a blue laying egg gene but in fact can lay a rainbow (get it Easter egg) of colors from any hue of blue to green, pink, tan, even brown. Easter Eggers found their way into our hearts from true Araucana’s and true Ameraucana’s by breeders who were looking to carry that “blue egg gene” but not the difficulties of the breeding that comes with the Araucana. Not recognized by the APA but don't tell that to these happy little jewels, they are everywhere and backyard flocks need at least 6 or 12.
Our Easter Eggers will give you an assortment of colors from blue to green eggs. The birds are very friendly and good with kids. We have searched long and far to develop a certain look to our Easter Eggers and our Olive Eggers. All have muffs and some throw beards with their muffs.
Health Notes: We have never had it (Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise) but Easter Egger have been known to carry a scissor beak gene.
You've been wanting that shade of green (olive) eggs in your kitchen. Well, we have them hatching! Olive Eggers are an exciting breed of chickens that typically lay various shades of green colored eggs. They are created by crossing a dark brown egg layer with a blue egg layer. Our Olive Eggers were created by crossing some of our Marans, Welsummers, White Ameraucana and Whiting True Blues. The olive can be in a variety of shades and the potential always exists for chicks to grow to lay eggs of different green shades even brown. It is up to her. Although not a recognized breed we can say are parents are quality pure, never diluted and hand raised.
Hatching Eggs: $50 per dozen
12-20 Weeks: $20
Adult Duo: $45
Adult Trio: $65
Use: Dual Purpose
Egg Color: Brown
Egg Size: Medium – 150-160 a year
Rooster 10-14 lbs,
Hen 8-10 lbs
Temperament: Docile, Gentle and Quiet
Characteristics: Heavy Breed. Good forager in confined area.
Slow to develop.
APA Class: Asiatic
Color Description: Light Brahmas are mainly white, with black hackles & white edging on each feather. Their tails are also black. Brahmas have feathered shanks & feet.
Brahmas have long been prized for their size and who hasn’t seen that video floating around the internet; be honest!
As with most very old breeds, its early history is not completely known. We do know that while the ancestors of the modern Light Brahmas likely came to the United States on 19th Century sailing ships, the breed as we know it today was developed in the United States.
In the 1850s, some Brahma roosters reached as much as 18 pounds in weight. That’s a lot of chicken! The average size, then and now, is a bit smaller and birds today may be closer to 10 pounds but some males do get heavier. This chicken breed is named after India's Brahmaputra River, it is believed that Brahmas originated in India, but no one really knows for sure. We strive for birds of a nice size in our flock too if we ever see 18 pound roosters you will be the first to know.
Brahmas are one of the heaviest breeds and are great for a small flock because they are excellent dual-purpose chickens. Their docile, gentle, and quiet temperament makes them one of the best breeds around children and they are very easy to handle. They have a regal appearance in the chicken world.
Hens sometimes go broody, and are attentive mothers. They are also excellent winter layers, producing most of their eggs between October and May.
They get along well with other chickens and people. Brahmas have a pea comb, with yellow skin and are a cold hardy breed. Feathers cover their feet and shanks, keeping them warm in winter. These gentle giants have profuse, fluffy feathering. Originally in India, these birds were developed for meat production, but are too slow growing to be regarded as "meat birds".
They do like to forage nevertheless, they are not good fliers due to their size. So, they do quite well in a large confinement; compared to free-ranging.
Light and Dark Brahmas were both included in the first printing of the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection in 1874. They were prized across the country until the 1930s when their fairly slow rate of maturity led them to fall out of favor.
Brahmas are BIG birds and deserve BIG coops and BIG runs … lower, stronger perches and roosts; along with custom built nest boxes for “…Baby (who) got Back….” They're so much larger than most other breeds that they may end up near the top of your pecking order by default. The other thing to remember about their size is that you should gather eggs frequently. Ensure your hens have supplemental calcium to develop strong shells. Weak-shelled eggs left too long in the coop can get inadvertently broken. That's a danger with any breed but particularly so with extra-large birds.
Brahmas are so gentle and absolutely huggable you should always have them by your side…literally waist high!
Buckeyes Breed Facts
Buckeyes Breed Facts
Conservation Status: Threatened
Comb: Pea Comb
Use: Eggs, Meat
Egg Color: Brown
Egg Size: Large – 180-260 per year
Average Weight: Rooster 8 - 9 lbs,
Hen 5.5 – 6.5 lbs
Temperament: Active, Gentle, Underfoot, so look out!
Characteristics: Does not do well confined to small coop, likes to forage.
APA Class: English
Color Description: Deep, lustrous red, with a slate bar in their under-feathering
Several factors make the Buckeye an unusual American breed. It is the only American breed with a pea comb, and it is also the only American breed that was developed solely by a woman. GO CHICKEN WOMEN GO!
In the 1880s, Mrs. Nettie Metcalf who lived in Warren, Ohio wanted chickens that would be able to thrive during the harsh winters. She was also interested in having red chickens. Rhode Island Reds had not been adequately introduced in the mid-west. Therefore, Mrs. Metcalf did not know of their existence so she began her own project.
Mrs. Metcalf started by breeding a Buff Cochin male to a Barred Plymouth Rock female. This produced what she considered a large and somewhat lazy chicken. The next year she purchased a Black-Breasted Red Game Rooster and crossed him over the half Cochin pullets. This cross produced several red offspring and from there she developed the Buckeye breed.
In 1896, once she had the breed fully developed and was beginning to show, she discovered the Rhode Island Red breed and realized the similarities between the two. She began corresponding with several R.I.R. breeders and decided to call her breed a Pea Combed R.I.R. She even trading stock with several R.I.R. breeders. As time passed, she felt calling them Pea Combed R.I.R. was limiting her breed. So in 1902, she exhibited a pair in the Cleveland, Ohio poultry show as Buckeyes. She quickly realized people were more interested in her birds when she called them Buckeyes. Appropriately named after the “Buckeye State.”
The Buckeye was accepted into the APA Standard of Perfection in 1904.
The Buckeye should NEVER be confused with the Rhode Island Red, even though they share some history. Buckeyes are unique in their body shape: slanted, short but broad back, very meaty thighs, powerful wings and breast. They appear close to the Cornish, as bred in 1905, in body shape. (Note: Mrs. Metcalf did not use a Cornish in their breeding; the Cornish body shape was simply her goal.) The Buckeye color is also unique; it is darker than the original Rhode Island Red (later, the R.I.R. was bred for a shade even darker than the Buckeye). The Buckeye also has a slate colored bar in the under color / fluff of their back; the Rhode Island Red’s feathers should be red down to the skin. Both breeds share tight feathering which is unique in the American Class of poultry.
The Buckeye is a dual-purpose bird with yellow legs and skin the pea comb allows them to be a very cold-weather hardy breed. While Buckeyes adapt readily to a variety of living conditions, they do best in free-range conditions or where they have room to move around. Due to their active nature they do not do especially well in small confined spaces.
Buckeyes also have a personality all their own. They are a very active fowl and are noted for being especially vigilant in the pursuit of mice, some breeders compare them to cats. They tend to have very little fear of humans and are possibly too friendly for some; not us though. Look out, this curious chicken will often jump right into their human’s arms, up on shoulders for a ride around the yard to help with chores or enjoy a ride on the lawn mower just to be next to you. Some males may show a little aggression during breeding season.
They also lack the tendency to feather-pick each other (this is a trait worthy of further exploration and we wish they could train some other breeds…)! Fun fact, the males also emit a full range of sounds beyond those typical of other chicken breeds, including a dinosaur-like roar… hey, bring on the Pterodactyls!
All in all, thank you to Mrs. Metcalf for this beautiful breed Oklahoma is OK in our book!