Elly, My Crooked Crevecoeur

Cross-beak Chicken (Crevecoeur Pullet)
Above: Elly

One, wet Spring day, I got a birthday present. That present was 4, small crested variety chicks (one Golden-Laced Polish and 3 Crevecoeurs). I brought the bunch of chicks home on my lap. They were not the healthiest chicks I’d had. One was half the size of the others (for its first several months), two got Pasted Vents and one… (who almost died when I brought her home) turned out to have a twisted beak. I called her Elly…  Continue Reading

What are Easter Egger Chickens?

Above: Storm, an Easter Egger rooster. I believe him to have both Silver Amaraucana and Australorp in his parentage.

Easter Eggers (aka EEs) are cross-breeds created by crossing a green or blue egg-laying breed with… basically any other chicken. Contrary to a common myth, they differ from the somewhat uncommon true Ameraucanas…

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Black Chickens: The Rare Ayam Cemanis

Above: Ayam Cemani Cock

The Ayam Cemani is rare chicken breed with a unique appearance. This is due to a genetic predisposition to the excessive build-up of melanin (a natural skin-pigment). This type of abnormal pigmentation results in abnormally dark skin, feathers, organs and even bones. It is called Fibromelanosis. The only part of the breed not affected is their blood (which is, for the information, normally colored)…

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Chinese Silkie Chicken Breed

White Silkie Bantam Chicken
Image above of White Silkie from Wikipedia

The Silkie is a unique breed of chicken. Although their place of origin is not definitely known, they made their first appearance in China. In fact, “Silkie” is actually a nickname. The full name for this fluffy ball of cuteness is the “Chinese Silk Chicken”… Continue Reading