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Chickens, Ducks & Eggs                      Updated: 1/14/13

 

_Chickens_______________

Black Copper Marans

Black Copper Marans is one of the rarest breeds of chicken in the United States. It lays one of the darkest chocolate-brown eggs known. They are one of the rarest breeds in this country due to the import ban on fowl in the US. They are quite common in France. They got their name from where they originated, Marans, France.

 

 

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 Silkie Chickens

The Silkie is a breed of chicken named for its typically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as dark blue flesh and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot. They come in several colors (red, buff, blue, black, white, and partridge).

In addition to their distinctive physical characteristics, Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. Among the most docile of poultry, Silkies are considered an ideal pet. Hens are also exceptionally broody, and make good mothers. Though they are fair layers themselves, laying about three eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species. 

 

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Khaki Campbell

 

 

A Khaki Campbell (or just Campbell) is a breed of domesticated duck that originated in England and is kept for its high level of egg production. The breed was developed by Adele Campbell of England at the end of the 19th century. The "Khaki" portion of the name refers to the duck's typical color.  Adult Campbell ducks weigh approximately 4 pounds.  The egg production of the Campbell breed can exceed even the most efficient of egg laying domestic chickens, with the breed laying an average of 300 eggs a year.

Ducklings born July 14, 2011

At 7 Weeks Old...