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MEET OUR CHICKENS
We have a variety of flocks living year-round at Healing Ponds Farm, all raised with loving, natural care – each on its own pasture.
RED WYANDOTTE, SILVER LACED WYANDOTTE
Our Wyandottes roam freely in their quarter of the lower pasture. At night they roost in an A-frame hen house which we move once a week, to fertilize a new part of the field with their night-time droppings.
Red Wyandottes, true to name, are a dark reddish brown. Silver Laced Wyandottes have white feathers each with a black trim, creating a lacey black and white pattern.
Wyandottes are great all-around birds, whether you want eggs or meat – or even just a beautiful pet. They come in a variety of vivid colors. They’re talkative and generally gentle, and they make excellent mothers.
RED STAR, BLACK STAR
Our Star run is home to one Rhode Island Red rooster, a flock of Barred Rock hens, and a flock of Delaware hens – all living together in an A-frame hen house attached to a run in the upper field. This pen is moved every week to fresh pasture.
Together, they breed Red Star and Black Star chicks. That’s because Stars are hybrids:
The great thing about Stars is they’re sex-link chickens: you can tell at a glance whether a newly hatched chick is male or female just by its color. This is an extremely useful trait, because sexing chickens – determining their gender – is tricky work. Generally, even hatchery experts have an error rate of 1:25.
RHODE ISLAND RED
Like the Wyandottes, our Rhode Island Reds roam freely in their quarter of the lower pasture, roosting in an A-frame hen house at night. Every week we move their house to fertilize a new part of the field with the droppings they pass in their sleep.
Another dual-purpose bird, colored a rich mahogany, Rhode Island Reds are good layers and hardy, able foragers. Their disposition ranges from friendly to fiery. They can be aggressive with those they consider a threat, even to the extent of killing a predator if they have to.
Our Delawares live in a pasture poultry pen, a low-built enclosure which we move regularly to fresh pasture.
Originally a broiler bird, the Delaware is now recognized as dual-purpose: full-bodied if you want meat, and a pretty good layer too. It’s also a good forager, not to mention a US heritage breed: a great homesteading bird all around.
BARRED PLYMOUTH ROCK
Our Barred Rocks live in the upper field among the fir saplings, in an A-frame hen house attached to a run. This flock house is moved every week to allow them access to fresh pasture.
Striking feathers, dual-purpose, quite hardy, friendlier than most: it’s hard to go wrong with a Barred Rock.
WHITE JERSEY GIANT, BLACK JERSEY GIANT
Our Jersey Giants roam freely in their quarter of the lower pasture, like our Wyandottes and Rhode Island Reds. At night they roost in an A-frame hen house which we move once a week, so their field will be evenly fertilized with their night-time droppings.
The largest purebred chicken, the Jersey Giant was originally bred in attempts to replace the turkey on your dinner plate. They’re good foragers, vigorous, and, well, gigantic. Also, they’re among the friendliest chickens around.
Still, they’re considered dual purpose as well – certainly among the best layers of the larger breeds – and let’s just say, their eggs aren’t small.
The farm wouldn’t be complete without the random ones among us. Such as the black, puffy rooster with a naked neck, for instance.
They were gifts, they were misfits, they were the odd ones out. Whatever the case, they’re part of the scene at Healing Ponds Farm, roaming freely and socializing with whom they like – be it goose, duck, turkey or fellow miscellany.