This post is here to show you at a glance what we have going on and what is the latest chicken availability for sale.
Hatching Commencing from spring 2020
The incubators will be on in springtime for chicks for 2020. Any chicks that are sold are either sold as sexed or unsexed. Some breeds are easier to tell than others. If we sell as sexed we offer a female guarantee. If they turn out to be boys they will be swapped or refunded.
Breeds available as at December 19th 2019
This coming year 2020 we are planning to have the following breeds available. Chicken availability will consequently change during the year due to popularity. We hatch most of these ourselves from hatching eggs which we breed from our own chickens. The Muirfield breeds are genuine stock which come from Scotland. Deliveries of these are available as chicks or even at point of lay. Point of lay are usually only here by special order unless we have raised them from chicks ourselves. If you want point of lay Muirfield layers stock as a special order, we will need a deposit beforehand to secure them however these have been in very short supply in 2019. Please click here to ask us for details.
Araucana – limited availability in Hedgerow Homemade see below. Boys available in Blue splash and Black
Cochin – 2 left in blue
Brahma – 1 red pyle, 2 buff columbian ALSO plenty of boys
Sussex – Coronation and Light – AVAILABLE IN 2020
Swedish Flower Hens – AVAILABLE IN 2020
Welsummer – SOLD OUT
Faverolles – SOLD OUT of hens but have plenty of cockerels
Marans – Copper Blue – SOLD OUT
Cream Legbar – SOLD OUT
Black Rock Muirfield – SOLD OUT – awaiting further deliveries
Brown Rock Muirfield – SOLD OUT – awaiting further deliveries
Utility Sussex Muirfield – SOLD OUT – awaiting further deliveries
La Bresse Galoise – SOLD OUT
White Leghorn – SOLD OUT
Marsbars – SOLD OUT
Hedgerow Homemades – currently Swedish or Sussex crosses Araucana – 2 left (one white and one pearl)
Orpington – SOLD OUT
Hatching eggs NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL THE SPRING 2020
Hybrid hens of various types AVAILABLE IN SPRING 2020
We are expecting a delivery of Black Rock hens and Brown Rock hens direct from the Muirfield hatchery week commencing 22nd June 2018. We will be getting several at point of lay (POL) and loads of cute fluffy day old female chicks.
Get in touch via our contact page if you would like to reserve any
I have uploaded a video of some of our first chicks for the 2018 season. Female only guaranteed. Price is £7 each at day old however the price increases by £1 per week to take account of feed and cleaning costs. They are beautiful and sooo cute. We include full instructions with every sale and support via email or telephone whenever you need it.
We have 10 different kinds; all female. They are top quality commercial quality hybrids. Eggs are a-plenty with these girls. They make ideal pets or allotment birds. Contact us for details.
What is a Hybrid
Hybrid chicks are produced normally to go into the egg trade as they are very reliable layers. They are created by specific hatcheries to a secret recipe using specially selected strains of parent stock. This way the egg producers can get the most eggs out of one bird. This is not something we necessarily agree with on many levels but in a home or allotment setting where they are loved and cared for as part of the family, they can live very happy lives.
Many places sell hybrids that are raised by the barnfull in their thousands. This gives little opportunity to have any meaningful human contact. They pile them high and sell them cheap. We buy the birds in at day old and raise them at home. They get lots of time to interact with people and are confident and non-skittish by the time they are sold.
A hybrid crossed with a hybrid won’t produce the same bird as its offspring. A pure breed mated to the same pure breed will result in another copy of the parents. This means they breed true. Hybrids don’t breed true but pure breeds do breed true. A crossbreed (as in our Hedgerow Homemades) are random pairings which also do not breed true, but don’t produce any prescribed results as in the meticulously designed hybrids. Crossbreeds are therefore happy accidents and the colours and characteristics you get are quite an addiction as you never know what you are going to get.