Retiring Egg Laying Flock Description
The bottom of the page shows a selection of our egg laying flock that are due for retirement. Our retirement ladies come from our egg-producing flock and most are still laying but won’t be expected to lay an egg every day. When a chicken gets older, then her laying capacity will tail off. Some might even lay very infrequently. They are all in good health and would like to find a nice home, preferably in a small laying flock so that they can enjoy their well-earned rest.
As they have been with a cockerel for some time they are looking a little “careworn” for example, they look somewhat scruffy. Cockerels are magnificent birds, however, they do create quite a bit of feather damage to our girls. Some of them have missing feathers from their heads and backs but the feathers will grow back in a few weeks with some TLC, a good diet, and some girly “me” time. Depending on the time of year some may be in moult and as a result may resemble a hedgehog in parts while they are growing their new finery.
Some of these girls are crossbreeds, which are a mixed bunch, with various chicken genetics, including Australorp, Rhode Island Red, Sussex, Cotswold Legbar, Leghorn, Rhode Rock, Burford Brown and Indian Game. We have some pure breeds in there too, such as Cochin, Brahma and Salmon Faverolles. They are priced individually according to age and breed. Please ask for details of our availability as it changes regularly.
See below for the individual birds profiles. Hopefully they will be living with you soon 🙂
Laying Flock Breed Size
They are all classified as large fowl. Some are light and some are heavy.
All our egg-laying flock are pretty docile with no real squabbles going on. They are all good-natured girls.
You may get some eggs from these girls. They are medium to large eggs. The colours we get are from white through to a pale pinkish tinted colour
Chickens Looking for Retirement
We have two Brahma ladies. One in blue and the other a Blue Buff Columbian, both were hatched in 2019 so have plenty of life left in them. They are just about to moult so they will look a bit threadbare in all probability. The Blue Buff is currently broody but she will probably snap out of it if she is moved (as they do). I don’t have a picture of the blue but she is very similar to one of our blue Cochins. Both are very placid and easy to cuddle. They are £25 each and I would like them to go together.