Silkies, Rare Breed and New Breed Chickens and a Rabbit named Harvey
SolitudeFarmatBunnyFeathers

I started with Silkies and a rabbit named Harvey
so I named my website BunnyFeathers in honor of both.

Now I have many more chickens but still only one rabbit named Harvey.
(website still under construction, so if some links do not work, I may not have photos taken yet)

770-655-9005
ee@bunnyfeathers.com
***Some eggs in the incubator now Text or Email for breeds and hatch dates***

Available for pick up in North West Georgia 1 hour from downtown Atlanta
All Breeding Stock is Georgia Department of Agriculture tested and NPIP Certified.
All chicks are kept indoors climate controlled and bio-secure for 4-6 weeks.
 

For Sale
from
Solitude Farm
at
BunnyFeathers.com
Some available now through Fall 2014

UK IMPORT LARGE FOWL ORPINGTONS
Silver Pencil Laced
Crele
Cuckoo
Chocolate Large Fowl
Jubilee Large Fowl
Black Large Fowl
Blue Large Fowl
Lavender Cuckoo
Lemon Cuckoo

LARGE FOWL
Wyandotte - Blue Laced Red*
(Photo Below)

AMERICAN ORPINGTONS*
(Photo Below)

Australorp*
(Photo Below)

California Gray

Campine*

Cochins, Multiple Colors

Crevecoeur*

Egyptian Fayoumi
(Photo Below)

Exchequer Leghorn
(Photo Below)

Favorelle

Holland

Speckled Sussex
(Photo Below)

Phoenix Golden
(Photo Below)

Russian Orloff*
(Photo Below)

Silkie
(Photo Below)

Sultan*

Sumatra*
(Photo Below)

Swedish Flowers
(Photo Below)

Yokohama*

*

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For Sale in 2014
FROM SOLITUDE FARM
at
BunnyFeathers.com


SILKIES
Every known color plus some unknown
Each one is a surprise!
All breeding stock has full beard and profuse topknot - Show Quality
Assorted Colors, eggs in incubator.
straight run day old chick $10 each.
(No color guarantee, the chicks are not always the same color as adults)
Paints
Paint
(note pink toes and white feathers on feet and wing tips)


Brown Partridge and Buff Partridge

BirchenCuckoo
Cuckoo

Chocolate
Chocolate Hen and Roo 


SilverChocolatePorcelain
Chocolate Splash Blue and Porcelain Lavender Splash

Lavender
Lavender

The Silkie is a breed of chicken named for its fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin, flesh, and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have four.

In addition to their distinctive physical characteristics, Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. Among the most docile of poultry, Silkies are considered an ideal pet. Hens are also exceptionally 
broody, and make good mothers. Though they are fair layers themselves, laying about three eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds.

It is unknown exactly where or when fowl with their singular combination of attributes first appeared, but the most well documented point of origin is ancient China, specifically Tibet.
 The earliest surviving written account of Silkies comes from Marco Polo, who wrote of a furry chicken in the 13th century, during his travels in Asia.
In 1598, 
Ulisse Aldrovandi, a writer and naturalist at the University of BolognaItaly, published a comprehensive treatise on chickens which is still read today. In it, he spoke on "wool-bearing chickens" and ones "clothed with hair like that of a black cat".

Silkies most likely made their way to the West via the Silk Route (a possible reason they are known as silkies) and maritime trade. The breed was recognized officially in North America with acceptance into the Standard of Perfection in 1874. Once Silkies became more common in the West, many myths were perpetuated about them.
Early Dutch breeders told buyers they were the offspring of chickens and 
rabbits, while carnival sideshows promoted them as having actual fur.

In the 21st century, Silkies are one of the most popular and ubiquitous ornamental breeds of chicken. They are often kept as ornamental fowl or pet chickens by backyard keepers, and are also commonly used to incubate and raise the offspring of other chickens and waterfowl like 
ducks and geese and game birds such as quail and pheasants.

Silkies lay about 100 eggs per year.

Silver Pencil Laced UK Import Orpington
none available at this time
SilverPencilLaced

Crele UK Import Orpington
Eggs Available $10 each
CreleOrp

Cuckoo UK Import Orpington
none available at this time
CuckooRooCuckooHen

Chocolate Large Fowl UK Import Orpington
none available at this time


Jubilee Large Fowl
UK Import Orpington
none available at this time
Jubilee


Black Large Fowl
UK Import Orpington
Limited Eggs Available

Blue Large Fowl UK Import Orpington
none available at this time


Lemon Cuckoo
Orpington
none available at this time
 LemonCuckoo

Golden Phoenix
straight run $15 per chick.
GoldenPhoenixPair
The Phoenix chicken is an alert breed with a pheasant-like appearance. They are fair layers and do go broody. The chicks are hardy, but require extra protein when their tails are growing. The breed is well-suited to estates where it can roam at large, thriving best when given a good deal of freedom.

The Phoenix breed was accepted into the 
American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection in 1974 with the Gold and Silver varieties. Black Breasted Red was recognised in 2003. It was first accepted in the Australian Poultry Standard in 2012, with any colour standardised in Old English Game accepted.

The Phoenix is one of many breeds of 
chicken that resulted from European selective breeding of onagadori, a long-tail fowl bred in Japan for a thousand years.

They molt every other year, unlike most chicken breeds that molt every year. The breed is famous for its wide, rigid sickle feathers two to five ft. long, with their saddle feather growing from 18 to 24 inches.

Mr. Hugo du Roi, the first president of the National German Poultry Association, created the Phoenix breed.

The Phoenix hen lays 100 to 150 eggs per year

Isbar
 straight run $35 per chick.
Isbars
Martin Silverudd, a Catholic monk who in the tradition of Gregor Mendel before him plumbed the depths of genetics and created a number of chicken breeds in the 1950s and 1960s. Silverudd created the isbar (pronounced ‘ice bar’), a breed as practical as it is beautiful and the only green-egg-laying single combed chicken breed in the world.

My line will produce between 150 to 200 eggs per year and lay throughout the winter. The eggs are pale cream with a hint of  mint green to olive green. They are cold hardy, but attention must be given the large combs to protect from wind to prevent frostbite.

I also offer a line of Isbars crossed with California Leghorns. The goal is to improve laying performance and to enhance the green into a more standard coloration. Straight run, day old chicks $25 each


Cream Legbar
Females $35 - Males $15
None Available at this time

Cream Legbar
The Cream Legbar is an autosexing type of chicken. This means that you can tell the sex of the chick at hatch, and they breed true. The Cream Legbar originated as a cross between Brown Leghorns and Barred Rock with some Araucana blood in them. This is reflected in the crest and the blue eggs that they lay. The egg colour is blue. The male Cream Legbar chicks have a pale dot on their head and have little or no eye barring. The female Cream Legbar chicks, the hens, have a dark brown or black stripe on their head which continues down the body with clear eye barring. They are quite a noisy breed and are very inquisitive to explore new places. Cream Legbars were developed in the 1930s in Cambridge by crossing Brown Leghorns, Barred Plymouth Rocks and Araucana (for the egg colour). Cream Legbars are a pure breed of poultry, they are autosexing which means you can tell the sex of the chick at day old. They are a rare breed and are covered by the Rare Poultry Society.  

Cream Legbars hens lay 150 to 200 eggs per year.


Blue Laced Red Wyandotte
 straight run
BLRW
The Wyandotte is a breed of chicken originating in the United States. The first examples of the breed appeared in 1870s. Wyandottes are a docile, dual-purpose breed kept for their brown eggs and for meat. They appear in a wide variety of color patterns, and are popular show birds.

The hens will lay around 200 eggs per year.

Egyptian Faoumi
Summer 2014

The Fayoumi is a breed of chicken originating in Egypt. Fayoumis are a very old breed in their native region, and are named for the Faiyum Governorate southwest of Cairo and west of the Nile. Representations and descriptions of domestic fowl first appear during Egypt's New Kingdom. King Tutankhamen had pet Sri Lanka Junglefowl procured through the ancient cinnamon trade. Fayoumi chickens are believed to be descendants of junglefowl hybrids with domestic fowl that have adapted for life in thorn palm forests and marshes in Egypt ~ 3,000 years ago. They have been present in the West since at least the 1940s, when they were imported from Egypt by an Iowa State University Dean of Agriculture

 

With their upright tails and forward jutting breast and neck, they are sometimes likened to a roadrunner. They are a light-weight fowl, with roosters weighing in around 4.5 pounds and hens 3.5 pounds. They appear only in a single variety. In roosters, the plumage is silver-white on the head, neck, back and saddle, with the rest in a black and white barring. Hens have heads and necks in the silver-white hue, with the rest barred. Fayoumis have a single comb, earlobes, and wattles are red and moderately large, with a white spot in the earlobes. They have dark horn colored beaks, and slate blue skin. A Fayoumi-like chicken was brought north to Europe by the Romans, which may have been the ancestor of several breeds that have the same feather pattern.

 

Fayoumis are a hardy breed, and particularly well suited to hot climates. The breed, through poultry genetics research and anecdotal reports, is thought to be especially resistant to viral and bacterial infections. They are also very good foragers, and if left to their own devices on a free range basis they can fend for themselves in a nearly feral manner. Fayoumi hens are good layers of small, off-white eggs. They are not given to broodiness as pullets, but can be when they reach two or three years of age. The breed is fast to mature, with hens laying by four and half months, and cockerels crowing at five or six weeks.

 

Fayoumi hens lay between 150 and 200 eggs per year.

Australorp
None available at this time

bkorp

The original stock used in the development of the Australorp was imported to Australia from England out of the Black Orpington yards of William Cook and Joseph Partington in the period from 1890 to the early 1900s with Rhode Island Red. Local breeders used this stock together with judicious out-crossings of Minorca, White Leghorn and Langshan blood to improve the utility features of the imported Orpingtons. There is even a report of some Plymouth Rock blood also being used. The emphasis of the early breeders was on utility features. At this time, the resulting birds were known as Australian Black Orpingtons (Austral-orp).

The origin of the name "Australorp" seems to be shrouded in as much controversy as the attempts to obtain agreement between the States over a suitable national Standard. The earliest claim to the name was made by one of poultry fancy's institutions, Wiliam Wallace Scott, before the First World War. From 1925 Wal Scott set to work to have Australorp recognized as a breed with the Poultry Society as he developed the breed. Equally as persuasive a claim came in 1919 from Arthur Harwood who suggested that the "Australian Laying Orpingtons" be named "Australs". The letters "orp" were suggested as a suffix to denote the major breed in the fowl's development. A further overseas claim to the name came from Britain's W. Powell-Owen who drafted the British Standard for the breed in 1921 following the importation of the "Australian Utility Black Orpingtons." It is certain that the name "Australorp" was being used in the early 1920s when the breed was launched internationally.

 

It was the egg laying performance of Australorps which attracted world attention when in 1922-23 a team of six hens set a world record of 1857 eggs at an average of 309.5 eggs per hen for a 365 consecutive day trial.

 

My Australorps hens are with a nice Large Fowl English Black Orpington rooster.
I was having a hard time with some hens not having enough feathers, some to the point of actual bald spots.
The newly imported English Orpingtons have a profuse amount of feathers and under down.

Most Australorps can be expected to lay 200 eggs per year.
I expect at least  150 - 180 eggs per year from my chicks because of the English orpington cross back.

American Orpingtons
Black, Lavender, White and Buff

None available at this time
ORP
The Orpington is a breed of chicken named after Orpington, England, which was made famous in part by this breed. Belonging to the English class of chickens, it was bred to be an excellent layer with good meat quality. Their large size and soft appearance together with their rich color and gentle contours make them very attractive, and as such its popularity has grown as a show bird rather than a utility breed. They go broody very often, and make great mothers. Although rather heavy, they are able to fly small distances but rarely do, so they work well as backyard birds. Due to their build they do well in very cold climates.

The original Black Orpington was bred by William Cook in 1886 by crossing Minorcas, Langshans and Plymouth Rocks to create a new hybrid bird. Cook selected a black bird that would exhibit well by hiding the dirt and soot of London. When the breed was shown in Madison Square Gardens in 1895, its popularity soared. Cook also gave this name to a breed of duck with a similar purpose, but known simply as the Buff Duck in North America.

The original colors are black, white, buff, blue and splash. Although there are many additional varieties recognized throughout the world, only the original colors are recognized by the American Standard, the Buff being the most common color. In the beginning of the twentieth century, Herman Kuhn of Germany developed a Bantam variety. The Bantam retains the large appearance, but in a smaller size. The Bantam retains the friendly personality of the Standard breed, and seldom or never flies, so it too makes for a breed for children and backyards.

American Orpingtons lay about 175 to 200

Speckled Sussex
*None available at this time


The Sussex chicken is a dual purpose breed of chicken that originating in England around the time of the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43 that is a popular backyard chicken in many countries.

The feathers of the Speckled variety all have a mix of mahogany and black with white tips. Sometimes the amount of white increases as the bird moults each year.

Speckled Sussex hens lay approximately 250 eggs per year.


Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben
*None available at this time
Appenzeller
The silver spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben is a breed of chicken originating in Appenzell region of Switzerland.

Today the breed is largely an ornamental one kept for showing, but it lays also a respectable quantity of white eggs. It is a light chicken, with hens weighing an average of 3.5 lbs and roosters 4.5 lbs. Behaviorally, it is a flighty breed that doesn't prefer confinement, can forage well, and will roost in trees if given the opportunity. In North America, it is very rare.

Appenzeller hens lay about 100 eggs per year

Exchequer
*None available at this time

If you want the silver spangle but need more eggs...
The Exchequer may be perfect for you.

The Exchequer Leghorn Chicken is a very rare and good looking variety of the prolific egg laying Leghorn Chicken, the most popular commercial strain of white egg layers in the entire world. The Exchequer Leghorn is selected because of its uniquely evenly distributed white and black plumage. The Leghorn Chicken originated in Italy and was first brought to North America in the 1850s under the name Italian chickens. They name Leghorn came from a mispronunciation of the sea in which they were frequently transported through called the Ligurian Sea.


Leghorn Chickens will lay an astounding number of large white eggs per year, but the Exchequer variety, like other colored Leghorn varieties will not lay as many eggs as the White Leghorn or the Hybrid White Egg Layer. This breed will mature rapidly, reaching a maximum weight of 3-4 pounds for hens and 4-6 pounds for roosters, and they are not considered a viable option for meat production. These birds tend to be flighty. Leghonrs enjoy free range environments, but they are adaptable to confined living as well. The black and white spots tend to confuse the eyes of overhead predators.

The Leghorn is a vocal and active bird as well as an excellent forager. They can quickly convert their food intake into energy and require little physical maintenance.

Exchequer hens will lay between 150 to 200 eggs per year.

Russian Orloff*
*None available at this time

The Orloff is a breed of chicken named after Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, a Russian Count. Reflecting this origin, it is sometimes called the Russian Orloff or simply Russian.

For most of its history, the Orloff was considered to be a product of Russia and Orlov, but modern research has discovered that the breed first appeared in Persia, and was distributed across Europe and Asia by the 17th century. However, Count Orlov was a key promoter of the breed in the 19th century, and the breed became known in the West following his efforts.

Orloffs were first introduced to Great Britain in the 1920s, and were also refined a good deal in Germany; Germans created the first miniaturized bantam Orloff by 1925. The breed was once included in the American Poultry Association's breed standard, theStandard of Perfection, but it was removed due a lack of interest from breeders. In the 21st century, the Orloff remains a rare breed in the West. The Livestock Conservancy lists the breed as critically endangered.

The Orloff is a tall, well-feathered chicken with a somewhat game-like appearance. The head and neck are very thickly feathered. They appear in several recognized color varieties: Black, White, Spangled, Black-tailed Red, Mahogany, and Cuckoo. Their plumage, combined with their tiny walnut comb, small earlobes and minuscule wattles, makes the Orloff a very cold hardy breed. Males generally weigh 8 pounds, and hens weigh 6.5 pounds. Orloffs are primarily suited to meat production, but hens are reasonable layers of light brown eggs and do not usually go broody. In general temperament, they are known to be relatively calm birds

Sumatra
*None available at this time
Sumatra
Sumatras are primarily an ornamental breed kept for their attractive plumage. Most often they are a lustrous black with a green sheen throughout the body and tail. The breed additionally comes in blue and white varieties. The offspring of Blue Sumatras will sometimes be a blueish colour referred to as "Splash", as well as the normal blue. Males usually weigh between 4 and 5 pounds, and females weigh between 31⁄2 and 4 pounds. Both males and females have small to nonexistent wattles, and males often have multiple spurs on each leg.[1] The breed is considered a primitive one; the Sumatra retains a strong flying ability, unlike most modern chicken breeds. The males will fight for dominance, though they usually do not fight to the death. These little hens are avoided by areal preadators because they resemble crows, which are distasteful to hawks

Sumatra hens lay about 100 white eggs a year.


Americaunas
*None available at this time
Wheaten


Easter Eggers
These lay eggs from a light mint green to dark olive green egg.
I take the best layers, like, Rhode Island Reds, Australorps and  Wellsummers
and cross with Ameraucana Roosters.
*Limited available in incubator, $5 each, straight run


Copper Marans - Chickens are selected for breeding based on egg color
These are not show birds, but selected for darkest egg layers
Only hens with darkest eggs are matched with Roo from the darkest eggs
Birds will be Black, Blue, Splash and Blue Splash
*Very Limited eggs in incubator - $25 each, straight run
CopperMaransEggs


Harvey    
Harvey





Past Residents in My Barnyard


Christmas 2010
Pygmy/Angora, Pygmy/Cashmere, Pygmy/TN Feinting/Angora and Pygmy/Cashmere/Fainting

11 baby goats born the week of Christmas. 2 more in January.

We installed a wood burning heater in the barn to keep them warm, but they still like those heat lamps.
The Angora Cross Kids all came out with a good coat of wool, and it is a good thing, because we had snow at Christmas and more snow the next week.




Too Cold Outside

TeddyJr

NapTime


Smokey Born June 4, 2011
Look at those Teddy Bear curls!


Roosters, and Ducks, and Goats, Oh My!
Bookends

     Cayuga

Dot and Golden Boy

Fancy Birds

Seabrite     Priscilla

Crystal and Ebony


Coccoa and Bianca
 
Theadore Red Bearon
Registered Colored Angora Sire
His Grandkids carry on his Legacy of a Super Soft Curly Coat



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$350 for Fainting Buckling.
Yes he really does Faint!
$350 for naturally polled Buckling.
Naturally Polled Goats do not have horns.
Can only be bred to females with horns.
50% of offspring will be naturally polled.



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Equis Maverick
September, 2009, Elaine Elder, 
A Study of Equis - Maverick,

chalk on paper, 22x28"