As much as I love the Bielefelders, they aren’t the only breed of chicken I plan on keeping. While subsistence is the primary goal, income is a close second. So while the Bielefelders are great for both meat and egg production, I also want eye appeal when it comes time to sell eggs.
Bielefelders make fairly average looking large brown eggs. But picture if you will, a basket of eggs. Light brown, tan, dark chocolate brown, olive green, and sky blue. Doesn’t that look like the basket of eggs YOU want to buy?
Introducing the Easter Eggers! Technically speaking, Easter Egger is not a breed, but a generic term for any chicken that carries the gene for blue eggs, indicating they have ameraucana in their ancestry. Each hen will have a specific hue of egg that she will lay, but it can vary a great deal from one hen to another. These four were straight run, meaning that they could be male or female and only time will tell. Bielefelder male and female chicks look different straight out of the egg, one of only two breeds I know of that have that sex linked trait.
The next type of chicken I am wanting to get is black copper marans. Like the Bielefelders, these are a bit pricier but they lay the dark chocolate brown eggs.
I purchased the Bielefelders at 7 weeks old for a great price, all things considered. A week later, I got the Easter Eggers at about 4 weeks old. That meant they spent some time in a brooder before being introduced to the flock.
When introducing younger birds to older ones, it’s best to have about a week or two in which they can see each other but not peck. Newcomers disrupt the pecking order and are too small to defend themselves. As such, my “maybe I’ll hang onto this. It could be useful someday” attitude paid off! Through some bizarre circumstances, I had the top wore portion of a rabbit cage. Et voila! Chick pen!
It’s about time to build a bigger coop, though!