About Our Chickens
Our chickens come from a Maryland NPIP (National Poultry Improvement Program) farm committed to raising quality breeding stock in an environmentally sustainable manner. Welsummer chickens originated in the Netherlands; the hens are brown with golden feathers on their necks, laying chocolate-brown eggs, while the roosters have gorgeous reddish neck plumage, large combs, and may be familiar to you as the “Cornelius” rooster in Kellogg’s Cornflakes. Our roosters take good care of their ladies, hustling them into the roosts (hence their names) within the coop at sundown. Ameraucanas are a distinctly American breed; ours have black or gray plumage, small combs, and lay blue-green eggs.
Most of our eggs at present are purchased by our co-workers; if you’d be interested in purchasing some of our chicks, we’d be happy to reserve some for you so that you can see what your own hens will produce.
One of our young Welsummer hens (3 months old, not yet laying)
One of our young Welsummer roosters (3 months old), practicing his crowing
One of our young Ameraucana hens (3 months old, not yet laying)
Although we raised our first chicks in a “brooder”, with supplemental heat, our current chicks are now hatched out and raised by our hens. On average, each one of our chickens has access to more than 1,500 square feet of pasture. Compare this to the “five square feet per chicken” advertised on packages of commercial “pasture-raised eggs” in the supermarket!
We occasionally will have hatchling purebred Welsummer chicks or Welsummer/Ameraucana crosses for sale (you may select either males or females or a mixture of the two if you wish Welsummers; note that we cannot sex our Welsummer/Ameraucana crosses until they are much older than you might prefer if you wish pet chickens to imprint on humans). If you know you would like to purchase newly-hatched chicks, please contact us in advance, and we will add you to our waiting list. Note that we do not ship our chicks!
Young female Welsummer chick (center), flanked by male chicks; note her pronounced “eye liner”
Young male Welsummer chick; both males and females have “chipmunk” stripes on their backs.
Note the less distinct “eye liner” on the male that terminates at the ear.
Young Ameraucana chick