All of our traditional laying strains produce 200-280 eggs per year and these include:
The Light Sussex chicken is an alert but docile breed that can adapt to any surrounding easily, they will also be fine if kept in a confined space. It has a white body with a black tail and black wing tips, its neck is white striped with black and has a very striking appearance. They lay large eggs that are cream to light brown in colour.
Columbian Blacktails are a hybrid between a Rhode Island Red father and a hybrid mother of two strains of Light Sussex. Their black necklace is an obvious trait from the Light Sussex. They are easy to manage and are well suited to a small garden group as well as a larger free ranging flock. They are hardy birds and are able to cope as well with the heat of the summer as they do with the mud and rain of winter. They have a good appetite and certainly cannot be described as picky eaters! They are a medium sized chicken and are hardy and docile with the benefit of laying a good size, strong shelled egg.
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. They are large yet elegant birds with a deep breast, upward pointing tail and pale legs. The speckledy is a docile, easily handled bird. They are excellent and reliable layers of dark chestnut brown eggs. 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.
The Bovans Nera is a Rhode Island Red hybrid bred to be a hardy free ranging bird. Colours range from pure black with a hint of green iridescence, to black with some red on the throat. They are a confident friendly bird, easily tamed. They lay large eggs of a pale tinted brown, very similar to the standard supermarket egg in colour. You will notice a big difference in the contents and taste. They can go broody and allegedly make very good mothers. A very good chicken for beginners and especially good for children. You’ll love this bird.
The Bluebelle is a very attractive larger chicken to be found in shades of light to dark grey/blue. They are a cross between a Maran and a Rhode Island Red. A friendly and gregarious bird, their eggs are brown with an unusual ‘plum’ tint.
Sals Pure Breeds special
This Longtown Brown Hen is a great looking bird which is predominantly black and has a lovely beetle black sheen to its feathers. They are excellent foragers, are quick to grow and very hardy and ideal for free ranging producing fantastic amounts of dark brown eggs. A real winner!
Chalkhill Blue (New for 2012)
We are pleased to be able to offer a new blue egg laying strain developed at Chalkhill Poultry in the uk. They are a robust fowl guaranteed to lay generous amounts of large blue eggs, well over 200 per year. They are a very pretty light large fowl and resemble the elegant pure breed Cream Legbar. They will grace any back garden or free range flock.