Hi and welcome to my coop. While I have several breeds that are of special interest, my birds are primarily a source of eggs, meat, and considerable enjoyment. I have made every effort to get breeding birds from the best sources, and work hard to select those individuals that exemplify their breed's standards.
Marraduna Basque (Euskal Oiloa)
This breed originates from the Basque region of Spain, developed as a dual-purpose bird. They are generally very personable, bright and friendly birds, excellent foragers, and good egg layers as well. Occasionally a white individual will crop up, but they seem to be very rare. To find out more about these birds, go here: http://forums.euskaloiloas.com/ , or to Slow Foods http://www.slowfoodfoundation.com/pagine/eng/arca/dettaglio.lasso?-id=773&..
Here are the two roosters kept for breeding this year. They are still young in these photos, and both became very substantial as they matured. The top bird is a little light in color for the standard, while the lower is a little dark, but both grew to be calm roosters that are easy to be around, and who watch their girls diligently. Both have bright yellow legs and well-shaped combs.
And some of the hens - they are a very pleasing red-tinted gold color with faint barring, black ticking on the neck, and black tails; some birds will show mille fleur-like markings. They were much more variable in color when younger, and as they matured appear more similar. A few of the girls have white legs which is not standard, but since there are relatively few birds available at this time I kept some that otherwise were good hens. This trait should disappear quickly through selection as the birds become more numerous.
Nice yellow legs
Very cute when small!
Cream Legbars (Cream Crested Legbars)
A breed originally developed in England as an autosexing commercial blue egg layer, they have in the last few years been introduced to the US by Greenfire Farms. All US birds originate from GFF importations. The stock is small in number and variable in size, color and egg color here, but many are striving for a more uniform standard. Many birds are gold in color instead of cream, but these gold birds are likely to carry the recessive cream gene. The coloration of both sexes is bright and colorful.
I have found them easy to work with, and more friendly if they are handled as young birds - one cockerel that had an eye injury as a chick loves to be picked up and rest on my hand or arm, and the two pullets in the same pen are also easy going as I handled them daily as well. My older birds were raised by a suspicious broody and are not flighty or fearful, but not pick-me-up types.
2 pullet chicks - notice the dark brown striping over the head and back
Here you see 3 cockerels and a pullet - the males are more smudgy in color without the clear dark striping, and have a yellow spot on the top of the head.
And the same 3 cockerels at 5 months of age
And here are the first two eggs from my oldest pullets
My Other Birds
I tend to take Lots of pictures, so here are some of my favorites of the many beautiful birds I have had the pleasure of raising
Bantam Cochins -
Lemon Blue and Brown Red group
My favorite boy
Broody frizzle with her Cream Legbar babies
The Lemon Blue Twins
Mille Fleur D'Uccle
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And various favorites over the years
Thanks for looking - Mary