Looking for "Speckledey" Hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Stevo52979, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. Stevo52979

    Stevo52979 New Egg

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    I am looking for "Speckledy" hens near SW Missouri (Fair Grove) or mail order. I love the way t hese hens look, and the color of their eggs. (Dark chestnut brown)

    Please Help!
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    Steve
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You mean speckled sussex?
     
  3. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    but the speckled sussex lays creamy to light brown [​IMG]

    Krista
     
  4. Stevo52979

    Stevo52979 New Egg

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    I've found them on a lot of UK Hatchery sites
    http://haydonbridgehens.co.uk/hen.html

    "Our Spekledy hens are a real treat for the eyes. Another hybrid, this time, derived from the French Maran breed, and retaining the look of the original, but with vastly improved egg-laying capability. Like the Maran, it produces rich brown eggs and is a very docile and friendly bird."


    They have speckled white, black, and red feathers. They're beautiful.
     
  5. Stevo52979

    Stevo52979 New Egg

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    Speckledy

    History
    The Speckledy is a modern hybrid and comes from a Rhode Island Red crossed with a Maran. The feathering closely resembles that of a Maran but it is a far more prolific egg layer. They are large yet elegant birds with a deep breast, upward pointing tail and pale legs. The comb is medium, red and serrated and the face is smooth. The earlobes and wattles are small and smooth and the beak curved and mottled. They have pale bay eyes.
    Behaviour
    The Speckledy is a docile, easily handled bird. They are excellent and reliable layers of dark chestnut brown eggs which are usually speckled. The eggshells are particularly strong and the yolks deep yellow. They are well suited to free ranging and enjoy foraging. Their feathers are silky soft and abundant.
    Varieties
    Speckledys are cuckoo coloured with the colouration ranging from very dark grey to silver.


    http://www.omlet.co.uk/breeds/breeds.php?breed_type=Chickens&breed=Speckledy
     
  6. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I'd be surprised if you find them in this country. We are still working on the Marans in this country, nevermind developing a new outcross for them. I think if you really want them then you might have to develop your own. If you get a nice quality cuckoo marans you may get the look you like, but not production level laying. Good luck!
    Krista
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Steve, are you in the UK???

    We Americans don't have many of the chickens available to us here.
     
  8. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
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    That is cool! I might have to try this cross.Is it a RIR hen or roo? I'm thinking a RIR hen,otherwise the chick would look like a black sex link. Is that right?
     
  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I was thinking the same thing. My welsummer X marans crosses are good layers.
     
  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Had a friend that got Maran x Welsummer crosses and they were pretty! Broody as heck too!
     

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