When deciding what chicks to order, we looked at every breed we could find. A few years ago when my husband Mountain was a farm manager at Salt Spring Cheese on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, he was responsible for running their Easter weekend gathering and celebration. One of the entertainment stalls we set up provided kids and adults an opportunity to interact with baby chicks. We ordered “Easter Eggers” because of their unique look and their colorful eggs.
Considering how much we enjoyed the chickens at the Salt Spring Cheesery, it made sense that we would choose the same breed for the micro farm we are currently developing on our 2-acre in town property. If you have read my previous blogs, you’d know that our chicks arrive on August 30th, 2016. As of today, they are exactly 2 weeks old! If you are not familiar with this breed, and you are considering ordering your own backyard or farmyard chickens, I encourage you to check them out before you make your final decision! Our hens are just layers, but apparently they also make decent meat birds but they are excellent layers and their eggs are beautiful.
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According to Murray McMurray Hatchery where we purchased our chicks:
“This unusual breed gets in name from the Indian tribe of Chilie where they were first discovered. Our chicks have some Araucana and some Ameraucana blood mixed and consequently are not for show but are beautiful chickens known for their ability to lay colored eggs of shades varying from turquoise to deep olive to shades of brown. Each bird will typically lay a different shade of colored egg that will amaze your friends and make a wonderful “show and tell” type project for school.
Adults are of medium size with pea combs and our breeding stock are selected for their ability to produce colored eggs. They exhibit a wonderful combination of colors and color patterns and 10 or 20 of these birds will make an absolutely beautiful laying flock that is extremely hardy and will be the talk of the town. Baby chicks come in all colors, plain and fancy, just like the adults. This is a unique breed and great fun to have when the colored eggs start coming. Our chicks are recommended for egg laying color and ability, not for exhibition.”
So far we are loving out little Easter egg hens!