I couldn't get Faraday's quote to post about the breed here. Just have to respond, as this is one of my very favorites--Appenzeller spitzhauben, silver spangled variety. They are beautiful, friendly, good layers, and winter hardy--mine only went inside to roost when the temperature was something like 15 below. They are the national bird of Switzerland.
Those silver spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben's look great. How do they do in Indiana heat? Are they broody much?
Bonbon's cousin Peanut (Adele) is a really good mama, too. Her most recent chicks will be leaving her in a couple of weeks. She doesn't let any hen get near her babies. Sigh--guess she's meant more for raising babies than for laying eggs...not a great way to run an egg business.
Agreed. I bought a chick from an NPIP cert lady, and all went fine, but when I tried to re-contact her, I had no luck. I much prefer contact with people I've 'spoken' with on this BYC board. I've met many BYC folks in-person for roo, chick or egg exchange and would wholeheartedly do so again. Quarantine measures are still important for farm-to-farm transfer, but the birds are always healthy.
Sorry to hear. It's hard to lose the babies.