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New Hampshire

New HampshireThe New Hampshire chicken is a relatively new breed, having been admitted to the A.P.A. Standard in 1935. They represent a specialized selection out of the Rhode Island Red breed. Farmers made intensive selection for rapid growth, fast feathering, early maturity and vigor, over time a different breed gradually emerged. This took place in the New England states, chiefly in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, from which it takes its name. They possess a deep, broad body with a standard weight of 6.5 pounds. The bird dresses out as a nice, plump carcass as either a broiler or a roaster. They were initially used in the Chicken of Tomorrow contests of 1948, which led the way for the modern broiler industry.

Plymouth Barred Rock

Plymouth Barred RockThe Plymouth Rock, often called simply Rocks or Barred Rocks (after their most popular color), is a chicken breed that originated in the United States. It was admitted to the A.P.A. Standard in 1874.  They possess a long, broad back; a moderately deep, full breast; and yellow skin and legs. The Plymouth Rock was developed in New England in the middle of the 19th century and was first exhibited as a breed in 1869. Plymouth Rocks were bred as a dual-purpose fowl, meaning that they were valued both for their meat and for the hens' egg-laying ability. The first Plymouth Rock was barred and other varieties were developed later. The breed became popular very rapidly, and in fact, until World War II, no breed was ever kept and bred as extensively in the United States as the Barred Plymouth Rock. Its popularity came from its qualities as an outstanding farm chicken: hardiness, docility, broodiness, and excellent production of both eggs and meat.


CornishThe Cornish fowl known as the Indian Game in its native country of England, is a breed of chicken originating in the county of Cornwall. Dark Cornish were admitted to the American Standards in 1893. A distinguishing characteristic of the Cornish is that the body of both male and female is of the same conformation. A super heavy meat producing bird and the first really meat producing bird in the world. The modern chicken of today is base on this breed. It lost popularity in the commercial world because it is very slow growing but was used in the 1940's to make the Cornish Rock of today. This wonderful fowl today is very rare and should be bought back to our table. The meat if full of flavor, richness and firmness that can not be beat.

Silver Laced Wyandotte

Silver Laced WyandotteThe Wyandotte is an American breed. The Silver Laced Wyandotte was developed in New York State in the early 1870s and were admitted into the standard in 1883. The silver laced wyandotte has white feathers with black edges to every feather, an effect called lacing. The tail is black and they should have yellow legs. Their rose comb makes them less likely to suffer from frostbite in cold weather. They lay around 180-220 brown eggs a year, and are layers of good-sized brown eggs. Males reach a weight of 8 1/2 pounds; Wyandottes are good dual purpose birds.

Jersey Giant

Jersey GiantThe Jersey Giant chicken was developed between 1870 and 1890 by John and Thomas Black in Burlington County, near the town of Jobstown, New Jersey. The Jersey Giant was recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA) in 1922. These typically mellow chickens are impressive in size with mature roosters weighing 13 pounds and the mature hens weighing 10 pounds, making them the largest purebred chicken breed. The standard developed for the birds included rugged gigantic frame, with an angular shape, single comb and black (with willowish tinge) shanks. They tend to grow a big frame first and cover it with meat later.