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Our Breeding Birds

We have a number of pure breeds that we keep ourselves, either for pleasure or for showing purposes. We will have hatching eggs or chicks available from these birds at certain times of the year. These birds can be seen at Page’s Poultry, details of them are below.
We also have the hybrid laying hens on site at all times of the year. At the bottom is a write up about each different types of hybrid, we thoroughly recommend these birds for first time keepers and customers that are looking for friendly, high yield egg laying birds.

Pure Breed Chickens – Large Fowl

Orpington – Black, Blue, Splash and Buff

TypeLarge, heavy, soft feather

Personality – friendly, docile, cuddly

Egg laying – about 160 eggs a year

Beautiful looking birds which are mainly kept for pets or showing. An English breed. Easy to keep and will not fly so can be kept in an open environment. Can make good mothers as a broody.

Brahma – Gold, Dark, White and Frizzle

Type – Large, heavy, soft feather

Personality – Gentle giants, docile, easy to handle

Egg Laying – about 150 eggs a year

A very big tall bird, one of the biggest you will get. Majestic. Come in striking colours. Feathered legs so need to be checked regularly for mites. Because of their size they will not fly so can be kept in an open environment.

Russian Orloff – Spangled and Mottled

Type – Soft Feather Heavy Breed

Personality – Very inquisitive, friendly, soft, laid back

Egg Laying – Around 180 a year,

Very attractive bird with a fantastic beard which makes it unusual and stand out in the garden. Lovely bird as a pet as well as reasonable layer.

Cochin – Buff

Type – Large, Heavy, Soft Feather

Personality – friendly, docile, cuddly

Egg Laying – about 160 eggs a year

This breed was originally from China, a lovely laid back breed that’s great for children. These are bred mainly for the garden or showing. The teddy bear of the poultry world.

 

Wyandottes – Silver Laced

Type – Large, Heavy, Soft Feather

Personality – friendly, quite active, robust

Egg Laying – about 200 eggs a year

An American breed which is known as a fantastic dual purpose breed, laying a good amount of eggs and a fairly large body for meat. Comes in a multitude of attractive colours. A very hardy breed with quite a strong personality.

 

Rhode Island Red

Type – Large, Heavy, Soft Feather

Personality – hardy, active, soft

Egg Laying – about 260 eggs a year

This is one of the original farmyard egg producers before the hybrid hen. Originates from America. Very good dual purpose. Consist laying for a good length of time. Traditional type of hen.

French Marans – Blue, Splash, Wheaton

Type – Large, Heavy, Soft Feather

Personality – friendly, docile, active, hardy

Egg Laying – about 160 eggs a year, very dark terracotta coloured egg

These are lovely birds that lay the most fantastic egg. If you want a nice hardy bird, pretty in the garden and a beautiful egg, this is the bird for you. Not the cheapest of birds but well worth the egg.

Swedish Flower Hens

Type – Rare breed, Soft Feather

Personality – active bird, inquisitive

Egg Laying – about 180 eggs a year

This is an endangered traditional Swedish breed, there a still very few people breeding them in the uk. Its colouring when bred is not consistent making each hen completely unique, base colours can differ from black, blue, buff or red.

Vorwerk

Type – Rare Breed, Soft Feather

Personality – very lively, shy

Egg Laying – about 180 eggs a year

This very eye catching  bird is not for the keeper who wants to cuddly their birds. Very independent and lively, you will need to clip their wings if wanting them to stay in a garden free ranging. They are quick to mature and make a good dual purpose.

Niederrheiner

Type – Rare Breed, Soft Feather

Personality – friendly, clam

Egg Laying – about 200 eggs a year

This german breed is extremely rare.  Its known as a good dual purpose breed, they come in several different colours but we have them in the traditional lemon cuckoo. Cockerels can get up to 4kg.

Svarthona

Type – Rare breed, Soft Feather

Personality – Lively, independent, friendly

Egg Laying – about 160 eggs a year

This is the Swedish Black hen. This is a traditional type chicken (unlike its gamebird counterpart Ayan Cemani) with black skin. This birds produces smaller white eggs with large yolks. Very rare in own country let alone here.

 

Pure Breed Chickens – Bantams

Sussex – Light, Coronation, Buff, Speckled

Type – Large, Heavy, Soft Feather

Personality – friendly, docile, active

Egg Laying – about 200 eggs a year

A well known back garden breed which has excellent laying capacity and meat capabilities. This breed is recognised in 8 different colours. Probably one of the best back garden laying breeds.

Orloff – Spangled

See the large fowl description

Brahma – Light and Gold

See the large fowl description

Plymouth Rock – Barred

Barnevelder

Leghorn – Isabella

Booted Bantam – Porcelain

Vorwerk

See the large fowl description

Welsummer

Niederrheiner

See the large fowl description

Barbu D’Uccles – Mille Fleur

Cream Legbar

Wyandottes – Silver Laced

See the large fowl description

Orpingtons – Buff, Black, Cuckoo, Splash and Blue

See the large fowl description

QUAIL

Coturnix Quail – Standard and Jumbo

Fantastic little birds which are very easy to keep and do not cost a lot of money either. They are prolific little layers and can become very friendly.

We breed, Japanese, Italian, Rosetta, Rosetta Tuxedo, Japanese Tuxedo and English White.

We also breed the Japanese in Jumbo.

Harlequin Quail

 

Guinea Fowl

Fantastic dual purpose birds, prolific layers and great meat for the table. These birds can be kept enclosed or will roost up the trees at night. Can be used as watch dogs as become very noisy if there are unwelcome visitors either 2 or 4 legged!

Peafowl

Ducks

Muscovy Ducks – Black & White, Marble, Lavender, White

 

Geese

African Geese

Type – Heavy

Personality – Massive, gentle, noisy, long lived.

Egg Laying – around 25 – 40 eggs a year

We have kept these geese for many years and have rarely had an aggressive male, they tend to be gentle and friendly. Very big birds and can be very noisy. Great for keeping the grass down.

Exhibition Dewlap Toulouse Geese

Type – Heavy

Personality – very docile, shy, gentle

Egg Laying – around 20 – 40 eggs a year

We have had this breed for the last couple of years. They are very large birds, laid back and can be quite shy. Slightly aggressive during breeding season when the goose is sitting otherwise placid. Very impressive to look at!!

Pheasants

Reeves Pheasants

Lady Amhurst

Yellow Golden

 

Silver

Swinhoe

 

Hybrid Laying Hens

Hybrids are another name for a cross breed which has been specifically bred for its laying capacity. They are ideal for the first time poultry keeper for 4 reasons –
1. They are easy to maintain
2. They are friendly
3. They lay lots of shop size eggs
4. They come in some lovely colours.
These hens can lay up to about 320 eggs a year, and are a good size. They can be bred to lay different coloured eggs as specified below –

  • Loman-Brown Loman Brown
    These birds are your traditional brown laying hen, also known as the ISA Brown or Warren. They lay a shop coloured brown eggs, managing about 305 eggs in their first year.
  • White-Star
    White Star (pure white bird)
    This hen is based on the White Leghorn and laying beautiful white eggs. We have had feedback that these birds are egg machines! They lay up to 310 eggs in their first year.
  • Copper-Star
    Copper Star (Black with dark gold neck/tail feathers)
    This bird is based on the Copper Black Maran, they lay the most amazing conker brown eggs. They are nice big birds with a lovely soft temperament. These birds lay up to 275 eggs in the first year.
  • Sussex-Star-(2)
    Sussex Star (white with Black neck/tail feathers)
    These birds are based on the Light Sussex and would look dazaling in any garden. These birds lay a traditional brown egg and can lay up to 275 eggs in there first year.
  • Gold-Star-hen2
    Gold Star (Brown with black neck/tail feathers)
    This is lovely hybrid made from a cross between 2 of the most traditional breeds the Light Sussex and Rhode Island Red. It is a very hardy and robust bird. This bird will produce around 295 eggs in its first year.
  • Black-Stars
    Black Star (Black with lighter gold neck/tail feathers)
    This is a modern black and gold bird which has been bred from the Barred Rock and Rhode lines. It is a very hardy and robust bird. This bird will produce around 295 eggs in its first year.
  • Speckldey
    Speckledy (Grey and white speckled feathers)
    This is a lovely fancy looking bird, very similar to the Cuckoo Maran. A nice big bird. This bird will produce around 295 eggs in its first year.
  • Bluebells
    Bluebell
    This bird has striking blue/grey plumage with lovely lacing which makes it a very popular bird. It will lay up to 275 eggs in its first year.
  • Magpie (Black with silver neck feathers)
    This is a lovely looking bird (have to say my favourite). Based on the look of the Silver Sussex pure breed. It will lay about 280 shop coloured brown eggs.
  • Needwood Blue

  • This bird lays a BLUE/GREEN egg and is based on the pure breed Cream Legbar. VERY popular and tends to go out of stock very quickly. It lays about 275 eggs a year. Don’t forget if you are selling your eggs you can get a premium for the tinted coloured eggs.
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