Laike Lou Chicken Breeds
Here on our little farm, we raise several breeds of chickens, this page gives just a brief overview of those breeds based on their American Poultry Association breed standards and includes photos of our birds.
Ameraucanas are a medium size bird weighing 6.5 to 8.5 pounds. These birds are often mistaken for Easter Eggers or EEs. They are often mistakenly sold under this breed's name. Ameraucanas are blue egg layers, they decent layers and are marked by their muff and beards. These birds also are marked by their blue legs and white bottoms on their feet. They come in black, blue, blue wheaten, brown-red, buff, silver, wheaten, and white.
Barnevelders are one of my personal favorite birds. They are smaller birds with double laced black and copper feathering. They are decent layers of medium golden or chestnut brown eggs. They come in six different varieties, and though they lack some of the other distinct features of several of the other breeds, their coloring and iridescent makes them truly unique. Only one of these varieties is recognized by the APA, though.
Marans are another breed that comes in many different varieties; new ones often crop up through breeders' hard work and dedication. We have a few varieties here at the farm; Black Copper, Blue Wheaten, Wheaten, and Splash Wheaten. They're all beautiful in their own right but the Blue Wheatens are my personal favorite. These are medium-large birds and are known for their dark brown egg color. Our Wheaten varieties are from show quality stock.
These are yet another of my personal favorites, these are upright regal-looking birds with light blue grey plumage with a very fine dark blue outline along the edge of their feathers. These are the only white egg layers we currently have and they lay 3 to 4 medium bright "chalk" white eggs per week. These birds have large single "traditional" chicken combs that can get so large they flop to one side or the other. This breed is considered a Heritage breed under the 'Watch' category by the Livestock Conservancy.
Blue Lace Red Wyandotte
The Wyandotte breed comes in many different varieties, and the blue laced reds are by far my favorite. Honestly, I used to think I wouldn't like them that well but after acquiring some I found that I love them. They are beautifully colored birds and their blue lacing ranges from a soft dove grey to a dark almost navy blue color. They are a larger bird and look even bigger due to their fluffy plumage. They are a good layer of light brown eggs. This variety is not recognized by the APA.
Easter Eggers, also sold under the name Americana or Americauna, are a cross between a blue egg layer and another breed. They are the most populous breed here at the farm and are good layers of either green or blue eggs. These crosses may also lay pinkish eggs or light brown eggs. They come in many different colors and patterns and often have beards and muffs from their Ameraucana parentage. I have many different colors and patterns of these birds. My preferred coloring on these birds is blue legs white brightly patterned gold and black.
Isbar (Silverrudd's Blue)
Isbar (pronounced Ice-bar) or Silverudd's Blue are known now are larger birds with beautiful silver and blue coloring. They are producers of moss green eggs that will occasionally have speckles on them. They are originally from Sweden and created by a monk named Martin Silverudd. These are medium-sized, upright, downright scrappy birds. The breeder that we acquired our birds from even has a flock that lives outside of her pens in the woods on her property and has survived for several generations.
Olive eggers are very similar to Easter Eggers, these a mutt birds that have been bred to lay a variety of shades of green. Several different crosses are used to produce these birds; we have several that are an Ameraucana crossed on a Maran. We do also have a pair that I believe are Cream Legbar crosses due to their appearance though its hard to tell for sure sometimes.
Russian Orloffs are my absolute all-time favorites for sure. These are curious, friendly, medium sized birds with deep mahogany feathers speckled with white. Some of these birds have next to no white on them while others are almost entirely white. I'm partial to the evenly mixed birds that look like someone splattered paint on them. Russians also have beards and are muffed. While they do not have over the top crests like Polish do they do have charming little manes as you can see in Priscilla's picture to the right.
Welsummers are a medium-sized bird with a curious personality. Their eggs are brown with dark brown speckles. One of our girls consistently lays eggs with a heavy bloom that turns the egg pink with purple speckles! They are medium brown birds with tawny necks and yellow legs. We hope to use these girls and our rooster Chuck to produce speckled blue layers and speckled olive layers.