Berrrk Berrrk Chickens

Our Chicken Journey

1. Wednesday 5 June: Purchased MODEL G109. 4-5 MED HEN. Large Chicken Coop Hen house & Feeder & Waterer.

Sunday 10 June Purchased 3 Commercial POL hens from Redlands Produce @$21 each

1. Bond White Layer - 'MARILYN'

     A pure white small-framed crossbred. Excellent liveability and high feed efficiency egg production.

     Eggs white to off white in shell colour. 

     Breed: Leghorn Cockeral over Rhode Island White Hen. View Breed Data

2. Bond Brown Layer - 'WILMA'

   A variegated brown crossbred layer. Highly productive laying large brown shelled eggs. Excellent liveability during both 

   rearing and lay. Good docile temperament and easily managed. Good feed conversion resulting in efficient egg

   production.

   BreedRhode Island Red Cockeral over Rhode Island White Hen.   View Breed Data

3Bond Black Layer - 'BETTY'

    This easy care bird produces light brown shelled eggs and performs well under variable conditions.

    BreedRhode Island Red Cockeral over Australorpe Hen.  View Breed Data

The Australorp - The Best Australian Chicken Breed!

  • Makes a great Pet- Is friendly, good natured and suited as a pet for families with small children

  • Can thrive in our Climate - Is be happy living in our Harsh Australian Climate

  • Is a great Egg Layer - Is an expert at producing a good amount of quality, good-sized eggs

  • Is a great Meat Chicken - Is a great table bird, suitable for farming for it's meat.

  • Is a great Breeder - Is easy to breed and makes for a very nurturing mother

The Australorps are well known for their friendly, docile nature, and are considered the most placid crossbreed.

They are not flighty or aggressive, and can tolerate careful handling from children. They come highly recommended for families who are after a pet that doubles as a reliable egg layer.

They are known to live up to 8 years, and are considered to have few health problems.

They make the perfect pet for a first time chook owner as they tend to be fairly relaxed and happy to socialise with other chicken breeds, kids and their owners.

Australorps that are well cared for can lay up to 250-300 (approx) eggs per year! This works out to approx 4-5 eggs each week- per hen. They begin laying between 5 and 6 months of age. Their eggs are a light-brown colour and a medium to large size, just perfect for your aussie kitchen.

Breed Purpose:                Dual Purpose

Comb:                                Single

Broodiness:                      Average

Climate Tolerance:          All Climates

Egg Productivity:             High

Egg Size:                           Large           

Egg Color:                        Brown

Breed Temperament:    Friendly, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Quiet, Docile

Breed Colors/Varieties:  Black, Blue and White are recognised in the Australian Poultry Standards

Breed Size:                       Large Fowl

Rhode Island Reds are a great choice if you live in an area that gets both temperature extremes. They are a friendly, hardy breed that will average more than 250 eggs each year.

Breed Purpose:                 Dual Purpose

Comb:                                 Single

Broodiness:                       Seldom

Climate Tolerance:           Cold

Egg Productivity:              High

Egg Size:                            Large

Egg Color:                         Brown

Breed Temperament:     Friendly, Easily handled, Calm,

Breed Colors/Varieties:  The Rhode Island Red is only recognised in Red.

Breed Size:                        Large Fowl

APA/ABA Class:                American

Color:                                Red or white

Rhode Island White

Breed Purpose:                 Dual Purpose

Comb:                                 Rose

Broodiness:                       Average

Climate Tolerance:            Cold

Egg Productivity:               High

Egg Size:                             Large

Egg Color:                          Brown

Breed Temperament:      Aggressive,Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Noisy,Shy,Docile

Breed Colors/Varieties:   Clean, pure white.

Breed Size:                         Large Fowl

Leghorns are very prolific layers producing around 300 eggs each year. The chickens will be quite happy in all weathers coping well with both heat and cold but they are not a great choice for a family pet, as they tend to be unfriendly.

Breed Purpose:                 Egg Layer

Comb:                                 Single

Broodiness:                        Seldom

Climate Tolerance:            All Climates

Egg Productivity:                High

Egg Size:                              Large

Egg Color:                           White

Breed Temperament:       Friendly, Flighty, Bears confinement well, Noisy, Shy

Breed Colors/Varieties:    White, light brown, dark brown, black, blue, buff, Columbian, buff Columbian, barred, exchequer and silver

Breed Size:                         Large Fowl

APA/ABA Class:                  Mediterranean

Thursday 14 June: Purchased Purebred Lavender Araucana from Capalaba Produce

Araucana - Agnes

 BREED: ARAUCANA

 DESCRIPTION: Araucanas are an intelligent, alert, active and reasonably quiet breed. They are either rumpless without tail feathers or rumped with tail feather. They have muffs, beards and large ear tufts. Heads should be small, with undaunted eyes and a strong break. Their wings are large and powerful.

 BREED CLASSIFICATION: Light Breed, Soft Feather

 HISTORY/ORIGINS: First discovered by the Spanish in the 1500's and named after the indegious Araucana tribe where they where found in the Northern Chilean Provence of Arauca. They were originally bred from the Collonca and the Quetro. 

 BREED COLOUR: Black, Blue, Cuckoo, Lavender, White, Old English Game Colours

 BREED PURPOSE: Eggs/Ornamental 

 BREED SIZE: Bantam or Standard

 BREED TEMPERAMENT/SUITABILITY: Araucana's are full of personality and attitude. They are a hardy low maintenance bird, but can be flighty, roosters can also develop aggressive streaks when fully mature, so must be handled often when young. They adapt well in most environments.

 WEIGHT OF COCK/HEN:

STANDARD:
Cock: 2.70 - 3.20 kg 
Hen: 2.25 - 2.70 kg 

BANTAM:
Cock: 850 - 960 g
Hen: 790 - 910 g

 BROODINESS: Average, but they make excellent mothers.

 FERTILITY/HABITABILITY: Roosters are very active and highly fertile. 18- 21 day incubation period. The tuft gene can be lethal as two copies of the tufted gene can kill a developing chick in its shell. 

 COMB: Small Pea Comb

 WATTLES: Minimal or None

 LEGS: Medium Strong Legs, Feather free shanks

 FEET: 4 Toes

 EGG PRODUCTIVITY 180 - 190 Eggs Per Year, Eggs are lower in cholesterol.

 EGG SIZE/WEIGHT: Small To Medium; Average Weight 60g

 EGG COLOUR: Sky Blue to Olive Green, only breed that the outer pigment permeates all the way through to the inside of the shell.

 RELEVANT LINKS TO CLUBS ETC
http://araucanabreedersgroup.webs.com/
http://www.crestedbreeds.com/crested_br ... ucana.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araucana

Araucana is a very rare breed with much controversy and numerous challenges. Hatcheries add to these challenges by misrepresenting their mongrel Easter Eggers as Araucana and Ameraucana chickens. Araucana and Ameraucana chickens are breeds, which are recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA). Easter Eggers are not a recognized breed because they are a cross of different breeds to produce various plumage colors and eggshell colors. Easter eggers are a novelty for backyard folks who enjoy pretty chickens that lay various colored eggs. Enthusiasts typically breed Araucana and Ameraucana to a standard of perfection to preserve their historical value.

The origin of the Araucana is still up for debate, however many believe they came to America from South America, sometime during the 1920’s or 1930’s. The primary reason for breeding Araucana was because of their ability to lay blue eggs. They are often considered dual-purpose fowl and make good table fare. For a smaller standard size breed, hens typically lay nice medium sized eggs.

The Araucana have two distinguishing characteristics that set them apart from the other breeds. They are rumpless (have no tail and the complete absence of a tail bone) and they have tufts (often called “earrings”), which grow from a protuberance (or fingerlike appendage)called a peduncle around the ear lobes or neck area. Tufts can be bilateral, unilateral and even trilateral.

The tufted trait is a lethal gene on Araucana, which makes it difficult to breed. Two copies of the tuft gene are fatal and results in chicks dead in the shell, typically around days 18-21 in incubation. Even a single copy has been known to reduce hatchability, making this breed very difficult to propagate.

The rumpless trait has produced challenges for breeders as well. This includes backs that get very short, from excessive rumpless to rumpless breeding, which results in future generations being unable to breed naturally. Rumplessness does not occur consistently in breeding Araucana, which results in chicks hatching with partial tails and even full tails. This can make for a lot of culling and very few selections to choose from for the show ring.

 

Agnes is unfortunately NOT a purebreed and is a white egg-layer.

The peacombed female offspring will almost 100% lay the blue/green eggs. Straight-combed female offspring will lay eggs the colour of the non-Ara parent. I generally sell them; I've got enough pure non-blue egglayers around.

Her straight comb is evidence .

Sunday 17 June: Purchased 2 Silkie x from Logan Village ($20 each)  'Ginger & Georgie' & A Plymouyh Rock for $25 from Logan, 'Pebbles'.

SILKIE

 

Breed Purpose:               Ornamental

Comb:                               Walnut

Broodiness:                      Frequent

Climate Tolerance:          All Climates

Egg Productivity:             Medium

Egg Size:                           Medium

Egg Color:                        Light Brown/ white

Breed Temperament:    Friendly, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Quiet, Docile

Breed Colors/Varieties:  Grey, Blue, Splash, Partridge, Buff, Black, White are the standard colors with many off standard &

                                           derivative colors in existance today.

Breed Size:                       Bantam (0.5 kg)

APA/ABA Class:                Feather Legged

Color:                                Grey, Blue, Splash, Partridge, Buff, Black, White are the standard colors with many off standard &   

                                           derivative colors in existance today 

 

The Silkie breed was developed in the southeast Asian countries or China. It's named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most other chickens only have four. They are often exhibited in poultry shows and come in various colors. It was valued as a medicinal food item in Asia, because of its black skin and bones, and was thought to be particularly good to reinforce body immunity and protect from emaciation and feebleness. It also is reported to treat diabetes, anemia, female reproductive functioning and postpartum disorders. Marco Polo gave the first accounts of Silkie chickens in the late 13th century. As trade route between East and West were established, the Silkie was brought to Europe. Records have shown that in the Netherlands, they were sold as the product of crossing a rabbit and a chicken! 

Nowadays the breed is very popular for the purpose of pet chickens as well as exhibition. They are not good layers, averaging 3 eggs per week, but are known and valued for their exceptional broodiness and are often used for hatching eggs from other breeds. They are also considered very good pet chickens, especially for children and are known for their friendliness and docile temperaments. 

The breed was officially recognized in North America by acceptance into the Standard of Perfection in the first year of publication which was 1874.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plymouth Rock

Breed Purpose:                   Dual Purpose

Comb:                                   Single

Broodiness:                          Seldom

Climate Tolerance:              All Climates

Egg Productivity:                 High, 4 / week

Egg Size:                               Large  

Egg Color:                             Light Brown

Breed Temperament:         Friendly, Easily handled, Bears confinement well, Docile

Breed Colors/Varieties:      White, Partridge, Buff, Barred, Blue, Columbian, Silver Penciled, Black. RED

Breed Size:                           Large Fowl (3 - 4 kg)

APA/ABA Class:                   American

The Plymouth Rock is a very popular duel-purpose American breed, known for their excellent laying ability, general hardiness, and calm good nature which makes them a good choice for small backyard flocks and homesteaders.

Chickens called "Plymouth Rocks" were shown as early as 1849, but that flock disappeared and later strains from several different breeders combined to form the foundation of today’s Plymouth Rock breed. Mr. D.A. Upham of Worcester, MA is credited as being one of the primary influences on the breed, he first exhibited his birds at the Worcester, MA poultry exhibition in 1869. His birds are generally acknowledged to be the ancestors of the breed we know today.

A number of different breeds are reputed to have gone into the formation of the Plymouth Rock, including Dominique, Brahma, Black Java and Cochin. The breed gained a great deal of popularity quickly and the Plymouth Rock became the most popular farm chicken in the United States up until WWII.

The original color of the breed was Barred and early in the breeds history the name "Plymouth Rock" implied a barred bird. Barred varieties remain the most popular color today. As more color varieties were developed, the name Plymouth Rock became the designation for the entire breed, which can now can be found in other colors including White, Buff, Partridge, Silver Penciled, Columbian and Blue. 

The Barred Plymouth Rock was one of the breeds used as the foundation for the commercial broiler industry in the united States in the 1920's and the White Rock is still often used as the female side of the Cornish Rocks or Cornish Cross type commercial broiler cross.

They are single combed, quite winter hardy, and the hens are good layers of brown eggs. They are occasionally broody and make good setters and mothers.

The Plymouth Rock breed was recognized by the APA in 1874 and is on The Livestock Conservancy's Recovering list.

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