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We sometimes have eggs, and  good egg laying chickens for sale.
 

Want your own fresh eggs? Urban Chicken Coops for sale - Check them out on High Lonesome's Creations page. We will even sell a few pullets to get you started - no rooster, no crowing, just fresh eggs! Interested in starting a small flock? In general, you can have 3 hens (no rooster or crowing involved) and get 14 eggs a week! That's 2 eggs a day! See our Urban Chicken coops!
 

Want to learn about chickens? Check out my blog: High Lonesome Ranch Blog

 

***Currently we are not open to the public,  due to illness, changes and construction.***

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

"Then God Said, "Let the earth bring
forth living creatures..." Genesis 1:24a

The Chicken Came First


Our Chicken Coop with the chickens free-ranging! Tough in the winter!


PET SHOPS ON-LINEUrban Chicken Coops for sale

              Chickens are one of the first animals people want to get when they are starting their homestead. They are  very easy to keep and raise. They eat very little if they are free ranging. They are great for bug control. In return they provide eggs, meat and feathers for fishing tackle. They are amusing to watch, a little violent in their breeding (for you first timers) and it is fun to hear the rooster crow and the girls talk. The rooster will call his girls over when he finds a tasty morsel. He will crow in the morning just to announce his
domain. The girls gossip and chat to each other and will brag when they lay their eggs.

When the birds are fully feathered and grown, you will see the "ear lobes" on the side of their head. The ones with the red ones will lay brown eggs, and the ones with the white will lay white eggs. After the first couple of eggs come, if you are observant, you will be able to tell which egg belongs to which hen as each egg is distinctive to that hen.

Each chicken will have their own personality. I had a chicken that would always run to me and make her soft clucking sounds as if asking for a handout. She was always the first one to spot me coming out of the house.

    Interested in starting a small flock? In general, you can have 3 hens (no rooster or crowing involved) and get 14 eggs a week! That's 2 eggs a day! See our Urban Chicken coops!

Our first rooster "Big Red"

Our girls






Our  Roosters





Americana chickens are not to be confused with Araucanas. Americanas sold by hatcheries are  also called the Easter Egg Fowl, Most of the so-called Americanas in the US are mixes that carry some of the original genes and lay variously colored eggs: blue, green, or pinkish. These birds are sometimes (and more honestly) sold as Easter Egg chickens. The American Poultry Association recognizes a bird called the Ameraucana, which lays colored eggs and has muffs and a beard, not ear tufts, and comes in standardized color varieties, with slate colored shanks.

Easter Egger come in white  and vary  in a wide assortment of colors and types, black, buff, cinnamon, brown, red and white– along with various combinations of these colors. Some may have top knots, some have whiskers, and others have bunches of feathers growing from each side of the head near the ear region. They are good layers, with eggs medium to large in size. The colors vary in shade from pale to deep blue, green, pink, plus a few olive drab and an occasional antique gold. The Easter Egger is a hardy, vigorous fowl, resistant to disease and easy to raise. They seem to do well in all types of climate. A calm chicken, they are very easily tamed to become pets.


Our newest cochin~ Isn't she beautiful. Look at her fluffy feet.

She is just a baby here...            

       See how she has grown...

                       


Our new Silkie chick born in the house...In the US, our Silkies are all considered bantams, but they are actually intermediate in size between the European bantams and large fowl. Silkies most likely originated in China, but Southeast Asia is also sometimes proposed. The first written account of the breed comes from Marco Polo.  fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black/dark blue fleshh and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot(most chickens only have four). They are Chinese chickens and if you watch any cooking shows and they cook a "black chicken" they are the silkies. It was featured on the third season of Bravo's Top Chef during the elimination challenge on the first episode

  

A good reason to buy eggs from a local farmer... click here




Incubate your own eggs! You can buy a styrofoam incubator - Jim and I still use ours to hatch extra chicken eggs when the big incubators are full. Or you can build a still air incubator using an aquarium is on my blog
Also, there is a great site with a lot of information on The Incubator Maker here


Chicken Joke;

Important Medical Breakthrough! 

Remember this the next time you have major surgery and need a blood transfusion! ! This is good to know!!

MEDICAL RESEARCH 

Australian Medical Association researchers have found
that patients needing blood transfusions may benefit from receiving 
chicken blood rather than human blood.

It tends to make the men cocky and the women lay better....


BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE CRACKED, 

FOR THEY ARE THE ONES WHO LET IN THE LIGHT! 



 

If you are buying your chickens from a Hatchery - Make sure that it is a reputable one. I advise Murray McMurray, Ideal or Strombergs. I am strongly against Cackle as they are not into customer satisfaction...
My daughter ordered 3 breeds of chickens from Cackle specifically because they
had all three (Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, Austrolop) and received Barred
Rock... they substituted Silver-laced Wyandottes for the Austrolop, which is
fine... but then they substituted a hybrid chicken they call Cinnamon Queen for
the Buff Orpington because it matched the color...
When she called they basically told her that the Orpington isn't as great a bird
as touted to be and that she will get eggs early. She told them she wanted the
Orpington for meat, and because they are good setters and that the Cinnamon
Queen as a hybrid will not be a meat bird and will not set.
It all comes down to "sorry about your luck!"


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