Our Chicken breeds and other birds

Leddy's Homestead is home to over 20 chicken breeds and other birds such as quail and ducks. Learn more about them and stop by their enclosure during a visit to meet them in person!

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Large brown eggs

Rhode Island Red

The Rhode Island Red is an American breed of domestic chicken. It was developed in Rhode Island in the late nineteenth century, by cross-breeding. Today the RIR is one of the most popular breeds.

*pictured is a broody hen sitting on a clutch of 11 eggs

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Large light brown eggs

Orpington

The Orpington is a British / American breed. It was bred in the late nineteenth century by William Cook of Orpington. It is used as a  dual-purpose breed, used for eggs and meat.Their calm temperament make them a favorite in the chicken community. 

*pictured are a flock of lemon cuckoo orpingtons 

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Large green colored eggs

Olive Eggers

 

Olive Eggers are a mixed breed of chicken, the result of mixing Legbars, Marans and Ameraucanas. Few things are more exciting than to gather olive green eggs from nesting boxes.

*pictured is a young olive egger hen

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Large white eggs

Sicilian Buttercup

Sicilian Buttercup is an old heritage breed from the hails of Sicily. The Buttercup fell into near obscurity and was saved by a handful of committed breeders. Even today buttercups remain rare! Their double crown shaped comb gives these birds the interesting look of royalty. 

*pictured is a buttercup hen

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Medium light brown eggs

Cochin

The big and fluffy cochin chicken just begs to be picked up and cuddled! Their calm, quiet and friendly temperament have inspired more people to keep poultry. 

*pictured is a blue cochin hen with a chick she hatched 

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Small cream eggs

Ayam Cemani

 

The Ayam Cemani is a uncommon and fairly new breed of chicken, originated in Indonesia. They have a dominant gene that causes the chicken to be mostly black, including beak, feathers and internal organs.

*pictured is Nini a young rooster and his ladies

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Small cream eggs

Silkie

The Silkie is a chicken named for its atypical fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin, blue earlopes and 5 toes, whereas most chicken breeds only have 4. 

*pictured is a buff silkie hen with her 3 chicks

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Small light brown eggs

Pekin aka Cochin Bantam

This mini breed of chicken is a favorite for families with young children. Cochins are wonderfully tame and docile, and at around one pound easily handled. 

*pictured is a calico cochin rooster and a barnyard mixed silkie hen

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Large brown eggs

Bielefelder Kennhuhn

What would happen if you took the extraordinary sophistication of German engineering and applied it to the challenge of creating the super-chicken. You might create something like the Bielefelder. 

*pictured is Alf our 10 pound Bielefelder Rooster

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Large cream eggs 

Sussex

The Sussex was bred to be a dual purpose bird and is one of the most productive breeds of poultry. Most common ones are the light and speckled ones. 

*pictured is a speckled sussex hen

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Medium green/blue eggs

Easter Egger

This active and friendly are a prolific layer of eggs that range in color from green to blue and sometimes pink.

*pictured is , a young rooster that has been part of the homestead since Missouri

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Large chocolate colored eggs

Marans

The French Black Copper Marans are a rare breed not often seen in the United States. An import ban reduced the genetic diversity of the French Black Copper Marans and flocks of this chicken are therefore hard to find.

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Large blue eggs 

Cream Legbar

The most popular autosexing breed in the world!

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Medium brown speckled eggs

Welsummer

The Welsummer or Welsumer is a Dutch breed of domestic chicken. It originates in the small village of Welsum, in the eastern Netherlands.

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Large cream eggs

Wyandotte

The Wyandotte chicken is an American breed of chicken developed in the 1870s. They are fantastic producers and come in some very exciting color patterns such as Silver Laced, Golden Laced, or Blue Laced Red.

*pictured is a blue laced red Wyandotte rooster

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Turken "Naked Neck"

The Naked Neck is a breed of chicken that is naturally devoid of feathers on its neck and vent. The breed is also called the Transylvanian Naked Neck, as well as the Turken. Originally from Transylvania and was largely developed in Germany.

*pictured is Stevie Wonder a calico frizzled turken rooster

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Large brown eggs

Brahmas

Light Brahma Chickens make ideal pets, as they are quiet, gentle, and easy to handle. Brahmas one of the more popular meat birds.

*pictured is our Isabel Rooster and one of his ladies

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Large light brown/pinkish eggs

Salmon Favorelle

The Faverolles is one of our favorite chicken breeds. They're gorgeous and wonderfully odd-looking, with muffs, a beard, feathered legs and five toes. Salmon is the most commonly available variety of Faverolles.

*pictured is Steve Wonder, a frizzle polish rooster

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Large white, green or  blue eggs 

Ducks

We have a mixed flock on the Homestead. The kids picked them out at the store so we are not sure what we have. But we are thinking Pekin, Rouen, Cayuga and muscovys. , plus some extras.

*pictured is our flock

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Small white eggs

Old english game bird

Old English game fowl chickens are said to be one of the oldest breeds of fowl and are noed for their gameness - their courage and indomitable spirit.

*pictured is HeyHey one of our bantam game roosters

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Small brown speckled eggs

Guineas

Guinea fowl are known for their ability to be some of the best watch dogs. they also known for their preferance in eating ticks which is a nice bonus. 

*pictured is a pearl guinea hen

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Mosaic

The mosaics are a large fowl, rare, new variety of  chicken.  

Each chicken will be a different mosaic pattern and you'll be able to tell them apart.

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Large cream eggs

Malay

Meet the grandparents of all chickens! The Poor Malay has a bad reputation, as the roosters can be very aggressive. With up to 36 inches one of the tallest chickens. And a bit scary looking - long legs, muscular bodies, tight short feathers and upward slanted eyes.

*pictured is a Maylay roo with one of his hens 

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Medium white eggs

Polish

The Polish or Poland is a European breed of crested chickens known for its remarkable crest of feathers. The oldest accounts of these birds come from The Netherlands; their exact origins are unknown, however. In addition to combs, they are adorned with large crests that nearly cover the entirety of the head.

*pictured is Einstein

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Tiny speckled eggs

Coturnix quail

There are several varieties of quail available, but cortnix quail are the most popular choice. The most common reasonfor keeping them is for eggs. Quail eggs are said to improve vision, enhances good memory and brain activity, slows down aging of organs, improves skin complexion, to mention a few. 

*pictured is a flock of quail hens

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Large cream eggs

Swedish Flowerhen

A hen with such a pretty name has to be special - and the swedish flowerhen certainly is. They are indpendent enough to make excellent free-range birds, but seek and seem to enjoy human interaction. The hens are prolific layers most of the year.

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