Hedgerow Homemade Breed Description
Our Hedgerow Homemade chickens are currently from a mix of a Blue La Fleche (Duke) or Swedish Flower Hen (Cocky Roo) boy from his visitations to our laying flock which is currently a Hyline Brown, Partridge Leghorn, Indian Game, Salmon Faverolles, Cochin and Swedish Flower Hens.
They come in a variety of colours especially those with more Swedish Flower Hen in their genes. They also have a variety of shapes with some having the 5 toes of the Faverolles or the beard and muff of the Faverolles. The La Fleche crosses don’t have the traditional V (devil horned) comb, they have a combination of a V and a single comb making it almost a buttercup comb and quite funky and unusual.
The Hedgerow Homemade chickens have been bred from our best layers so should produce a good number of eggs. They are handled regularly to ensure that they are happy to be held by their new owners. They are all large fowl rather than bantam sized, so will lay a good sized egg.
We have called them Hedgerow Homemade because that is exactly what they are. The exciting time is when they hatch and it’s like a Forrest Gump moment, “you never know what you’re gonna git”. We always love when they start to feather up, as it’s then that their true identity begins to show itself. It’s totally fascinating and consequently, we find it difficult to let them go because they do turn out quite unique and rather lovely.
Our Hedgerow Homemade would be classed as Large Fowl and either light or heavy. Some are more chunky than others!
Variable mostly placid but some may be a little flighty or standoffish if they have more Leghorn in them for example.
Egg colour could be anything from white through to a medium brown colour. They will be medium to large in size. Quantity would be anything from 80 to up to 200 in their first laying year.