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Discussion in 'Chicks 1 Day to 8 Weeks Old' started by sillyfab, May 26, 2019.

  1. sillyfab

    sillyfab Chirping

    May 14, 2018
    We are happy to announce we have added the GOLD variety of DEATHLAYER to ChickWood Hollar Farm. As a chicken the Deathlayer seems to have it all: the coolest breed name in all of poultrydom, spectacular good looks, and a history in its native Germany that goes back more than 400 years. How did it merit being called a Deathlayer, a name that is metal to the core? There are two competing theories. A literal translation of its German name, Totleger, means “death layer.” One theory has it that the name was bestowed because the hens of this breed are so productive they lay an egg each day until the day they die. The second theory –less sensational but probably more accurate-- is that the breed was first described by a different name in low German (Dauerleger or, literally, “day layer”), and over the centuries this name morphed into Totleger. Either way, what cannot be denied is that the Deathlayers do lay a large volume of medium-sized white eggs, and their remarkable appearance is like having visiting royalty in your chicken coop.Greenfire Farms is the original importer of this breed into the United States. The breed has two color varieties – gold and silver — and we have imported both. Each line was sourced directly from Germany where this once popular bird's population has declined over the centuries. A recent census in Germany put the total registered population at about 1,500 birds. We are hoping that their utility value will be received enthusiastically by American fanciers so that, together, we can protect the rare and valuable features of this breed.
    Taking orders for these beauties eggs and chicks.
    Pictures of Adults are of the parent birds from GreenFire Farms
    We have 10 chicks to sell but will not ship since these babies have already been shipped onceffrom GreenFire to us and will not put them through a big stress like that twice.

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  2. CCUK

    CCUK Free Flying

    Jan 21, 2018
    North Notts, UK
    My Coop
    The westfälischer totlegerhuhn is an endangered breed.
  3. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

    Nov 17, 2016
    Curious if you have any info as to why this breed is an endangered breed?
    You would think a breed that laid an egg everyday until it died would be one of the most popular in the world.
    And with 400 years they would of had plenty of time to have made it to every area you would think.
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  4. CCUK

    CCUK Free Flying

    Jan 21, 2018
    North Notts, UK
    My Coop
    Generally when a breed becomes endangered it is because it either falls out if popularity or the are problems with the particular breed such as health or problems with breeding. I'm not saying this is the case here but with only 1000-1500 recorded birds in Germany that puts it on the endangered list. With a rise in popularity and a successful breeding programme these birds could become more commonplace. There are birds that lay more eggs per year than these and are more popular and easy to obtain.
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  5. Tycine1

    Tycine1 Crowing

    May 26, 2009
    David, Chiriquí, Panama
    Once was a day when everybody wanted white eggs, now brown eggs seem more popular. Good luck with breeding them and getting them off the endangered list :)
  6. Doublete

    Doublete Songster

    Apr 4, 2019
    York County, PA
    I have silver deathlayer in my incubator...
    it is my understanding many breeders are working to get them back... I read an explanation of how they almost disappeared but can’t remember it at the moment
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  7. john_wrightson2003

    john_wrightson2003 Chirping

    Apr 27, 2019
    Onslow County, NC
  8. I knew you were looking for unusual breeds and i thought you'd be interested. Sorry.
  9. Rafters

    Rafters In the Brooder

    May 25, 2018
    Annapolis, MD
    Where are you located?

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