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)
I am down to just one of these lovely birds, a hen who went broody last year for the first time at 6 years of age. She was a little hard on her eggs, and sat so tightly when they hatched that she squashed the first out. But after that she settled down and did a great job raising chicks.
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&..
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 one hen left, having switched to Arkansas Blues as my blue egg layers, but very much like the CL's both temperament and productivity. They are also useful for sex link olive egger crosses.
These small-sized large fowl birds were developed originally at University of Arkansas as a project to produce a commercial blue egg laying bird. They are sprightly, active birds, and fly quite well; they prefer not to be handled, but are not flighty or fearful. They are typical Andalusian blue-black-splash in color, with some red leakage noted, although not all birds exhibit this. They lay beautiful large to XL blue eggs with no green coloration, and they lay lots of them; they are also quite feed efficient. Here is their thread - https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/arkansas-blue-egg-layers.874920/
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