All About Black Jersey Giants

Today we are going to highlight one of my favorite breeds But let’s be honest, they are almost all my favorite breeds! Haha! Except Wyandottes I don’t particularly care for them I had a couple of them once and they were so mean to the rest of the flock So, while they’re pretty, I chose to admire them in other people’s flocks instead of my own!

Breed Highlight: Prairie Bluebell Egger™

One special breed, unique to Hoover’s, is the Prairie Bluebell Egger™


As well as having a whimsical name, the hens of this breed produce LARGE, bright blue eggs It has been my pleasure to have owned several of these PBEs over the last few years They are always a staple on our farm, and help fill the egg basket with dependable color

According to Hoover’s Hatchery, the lineage of the Prairie Bluebell Egger™ comes from crossing White Leghorn and Araucanas The first reported blue egg layer came from South America in the early

Pride of the Granite State -The New Hampshire Red

Ask a major league baseball manager what team member is most valuable and he is likely to answer, “my utility player” Rarely a famous media star, a utility player is a flexible athlete who can, at short notice, skillfully play many positions If a star player is sick or injured a utility man fills the gap


New Hampshire Reds are the “utility player” chicken breed They may not be the absolutely most prolific layer, the fastest growing broiler, the most beautifully colored chicken, or the very best broody hen But, they are darn good at all of them That may

All About the Lavender Orpington Breed

I remember the first day Rosie came to our house I had been doing some research on different breeds to figure out which ones I was going to add to our backyard flock I was so excited to have a wider color variety wandering around the yard, but wanted to make sure I was getting a breed that was a good egg layer yet docile and hearty The Lavender Orpington was of my top picks

What is a Turken?

If you’ve spent any time watching cooking shows, you may have heard of a turducken However, have you ever heard of a Turken?


Yes! A Turken is a real thing, although it is not as it sounds A Turken is a special breed of chicken that lacks feathers on its neck and vent area It is not actually part turkey Turkeys and chickens are unable to breed and produce offspring (Although guinea fowl and chickens can!-but that is a story for another time!)


Along with being a great conversation piece, Turkens actually make quite amazing backyard chickens Turkens, or Naked Necks,

Who’s Laying

One day, on my way to work, I had customer call me at our family pet store and say, “I have all these chickens I don’t want They are young, do you know anyone who could take them!?” My only thought was ME ME ME! Annnndddd that is exactly what I said My husband had mentioned that in the future he would love chickens and I took that as in, today was the future! Hehe, so on my way home for $10, I got a box

All About the Cream Legbar Breed

It’s December and you know what that means, right? Some people are Christmas shopping, some people are busy planning their gardens and shopping for seeds for the spring, but around here? Well, I’m shopping for my next chicken breeds! In case this is you, I’m here to help you out!

Building your flock is an exciting endeavor And as odd as this sounds, egg color never even entered my mind when I

The Best Chicken Breeds for Kids

You should know by now that chickens are a huge part of our family’s life! Mainly by my choice (haha!), but my family goes along with my crazy dreams and ideas

Raising young kids, I remember working so hard to feed them healthy food, teach them responsibility and have them grow up to be respectful So far so good! I didn’t say it was perfect, but we have 5 years left with our little Wings

All About the Barnevelder Breed

I remember when I first started out with chickens I really didn’t pay much attention to breeds; I just wanted the eggs for our family As time went on, I realized that there are so many wonderful chicken breeds out there I started dreaming about adding to my flock and which breeds I wanted the most This is the reason my flock is up to 47 now! Hahaha!