Breeds


 

 

Eggsellent Chickens have available for purchase nearly thirty pure breeds and colour variations of chickens. We offer fertile eggs and day old chicks (new hatch each week) which are vaccinated and professionally sexed. Due to sales at young ages most breeds will not be available beyond a few weeks of age.

Many of our breeding chickens come from champion bloodlines and although we cater more for the backyard chicken owners we do produce some show quality birds too. 

If you don’t have a particular preference for breed, size or colour of your pet chickens but require a reliable egg layer we also have genuine commercial egg laying chickens for sale as point of lay (POL) pullets, highly recommended for first time chicken owners.  These girls should be providing you with lovely fresh ‘home grown’ eggs within a few weeks of purchase.

Be sure to view our “Settling In” page to reduce any stress to your new chickens and, therefore, the time before they start laying.

NB. Most pictures of eggs below (Egg size and colour) are from first season layers, they will get bigger in subsequent years of lay.  Productivity, broodiness and description are generalised for the individual breeds, some will lay fewer, others more. Some Silkies will never go broody and other, non broody, breeds will make eggsellent mothers.

 

BREED COLOUR EGG SIZE AND COLOUR CHICKS ADULTS PRODUCTIVITY BROODINESS DESCRIPTION (HENS)
BANTAM      
Leghorn Black BLB IMG_5754 IMG_5493 EggEggEggEggEgg  X Prolific layer, large egg for size of bird. Can be quite active
Pekin Various VPK IMG_5296 Various Pekins EggEggEgg  ✔✔✔✔ Very friendly, docile, feathered feet. Blue, gold birchen, white, black 
Rhode Island Red Pics coming EggEggEggEgg ✔✔ Very calm, easy going, great layer of small egg
Wyandotte Silver Pencilled VWB   IMG_5474 EggEggEggEgg ✔✔✔✔ Active, friendly, prefers free range. Not as quiet as large version 
SMALL      
Araucana Lavender ACN IMG_5272 IMG_5450 EggEggEggEgg  ✔✔ Lays blue (and sometimes green) eggs.  Lively and inquisitive
Araucana Various EggEggEggEgg ✔✔ Lays blue (and sometimes green) eggs.  Lively and inquisitive
Hamburgh Gold Spangled Pics coming EggEggEggEgg Prefers free range, very active
Polish Gold Laced GLP Polis Gold Laced 2 Not currently available EggEggEgg  X Very active and curious and comical. Large egg for size, slower to start laying
Polish Various – White Crested Blue, Black or Splash BLP Polish WC Blue IMG_5595 EggEggEggEgg  X Very active and curious and comical. Large egg for size, slower to start laying. May require ‘hair’ cut occasionally
Silkie Various VSK Silkie Various IMG_5483 Egg  ✔✔✔✔✔ Quiet and docile, great pets. Fluffy, including crest and legs, black skin, extra toe. Excellent mothers. Colours vary –  mottle,  silver, blue, partridge, gold, black.
Silkie White WSK Silkie - Grey IMG_5625 Egg  ✔✔✔✔✔ Quiet and docile, great pets. Fluffy, including crest and legs, black skin, extra toe. Excellent mothers.  
MEDIUM      
Barnevelder Blue Laced and/or Splash BBV IMG_5289   EggEggEgg  ✔✔ Placid, love foraging, brown egg, breeding may produce varied colour strains
Barnevelder Double Laced DBV Barnevelder DL 2   EggEggEgg ✔✔ Placid, love foraging, brown or speckled egg. Breed true to colour
Dorking Silver Grey Pics coming EggEggEggEgg  ✔ Active bird with calm manner, extra toe (5). White egg. Good winter layer
Marans Black Copper MNS
EggEggEgg  ✔✔ Very dark eggs, Feathered legs and feet, often lay after noon.
Welsummer Partridge WSR Welsummer - Partridge IMG_5647 EggEggEggEggEgg Energetic but quiet and friendly. Large brown egg 
Wyandotte Gold Laced GLW Wyandotte Gold Laced 2 IMG_5688 EggEggEgg  ✔✔✔ Docile, friendly, prefers free range 
Wyandotte Silver Laced SLW Wyandotte - Silver Laced 2 IMG_5700 EggEggEgg ✔✔✔ Docile, friendly, prefers free range
LARGE      
Australorp Black AUS Australorp IMG_5712 EggEggEggEgg  ✔✔✔ Gentle giant, quiet, friendly, developed in Australia
Faverolles Salmon FAV Faverolles Salmon 2 IMG_5659 EggEggEgg ✔✔ French breed. Very quiet. Has an extra toe and feathered legs and feet
Orpington Buff BOP Orpington - Buff IMG_5715 EggEggEgg  ✔✔ Easy to tame, quiet and copes with handling
Plymouth Rock Dark Barred DPR Plymouth Rock IMG_5675 EggEggEggEgg ✔✔ Very gentle and inquisitive. Happy to be handled. Cope well in confinement
Rhode Island Red RRI Rhode Island - Red IMG_5722 EggEggEggEgg ✔✔ Happiest free ranging. Good pet. A little slow to start laying but then very reliable  
Sussex Buff BSX Sussex - Buff   EggEggEggEgg  ✔✔ Placid bird but active, cope well in backyards,  
Sussex Light LSX Sussex Light and Coronation
EggEggEggEgg ✔✔ Placid bird but active, cope well in backyards, make great pets 
Sussex Speckled SSX Sussex - Speckled   EggEggEggEgg  ✔✔ Placid bird but active, cope well in backyards, good temperament 
COMMERCIAL LAYERS      
 Hy-Line Brown Eggs not available Available from 16 weeks old IMG_5765 - Version 2 EggEggEggEggEgg X Hybrid developed to produce large number of eggs for commercial market, medium size, very friendly, rarely broody