Sweet Sassy is a Golden Laced Wyandotte. This striking breed originated from the state of Wisconsin in 1880. She lays eggs that are light brown and is a show chicken who gets a little nervous during showtime. Sassy has beautiful, distinct black lined and black tipped golden feathers. Her comb is of the rose style.
VANILLA AND LOLA
Vanilla and Lola are our two Delaware chickens. They arrived at Moss Haven Farm in summer 2016 and have established themselves as queens of the castle. Their breed originated from the state of Delaware in 1940. Both lay brown eggs.
BETTY JUNIOR AND LUCY
Moss Haven Farm’s Cuckoo Marans are Betty Junior and Lucy. The breed was developed in France in the mid 1800s in the town that bears its name, Maran. These hens lay the darkest eggs in our coop (some are so dark their eggs are nicknamed “chocolate eggs”). Betty Junior and Lucy are a bit shy and were raised as sisters. You can tell them apart by their feathers; one hen has darker feathers than the other one.
Peaches is Moss Haven Farm’s only Ameraucana chicken and had 18 brothers and sisters when she was hatched at Moss Haven Elementary School. The color of her eggs are blue (although many seem to be more a shade of green). Ameraucanas have feathers around their faces called muffs and a beard. They come in many colors.
GOLDIE AND ROSIE
Members of the Buff Orpington’s breed, you can tell the difference between Goldie and Rosie by looking at the color of their tail feathers. Goldie has some darker feather tips, while Rosie’s are all gold. Orpington’s originated in Orpington, England and were originally black feathered. Later the Buff Orpington was developed through cross breeding to obtain the golden color. Goldie and Rosie lay brown eggs.
Chicken glamour shots courtesy of Coco & Peanut Photography.
- Our flock has won several ribbons from both the State Fair of Texas and North Texas Poultry Showcase. The chicken handlers at these events are members of the Moss Haven 4H Club and students at Moss Haven Elementary.
- At the 2016 State Fair of Texas, the Moss Haven 4H Club entered the egg contest for contents. Contents means the judge cracks open the eggs and examines them for freshness and yolk color. Out of all the entries for Standard eggs and Bantam sized eggs, the Moss Haven Farm egg won Best of Show. This winning egg had a deep orange yolk color.
- Brown eggs (or any other colored eggs) are not more nutritious than standard white eggs from the grocery store. What makes eggs more nutritious is what a hen eats. Eating bugs and grass make eggs “eggstra” healthy.
- Free range, pasture raised and certified organic are the best eggs to buy at the grocery store for the humane treatment of hens in the United States.
- A “Pullet” is an immature female chicken that is less than one year old. A “Hen” is a mature female chicken that is over one year old. A “Cockerel” is an immature male chicken that is less than one year old. A “Rooster” is a mature male chicken that is over one year old.
- In 2015, 18 chicks were hatched at Moss Haven Elementary School. A Kindergarten class took care of the chicks, then several chicks went to live at the Moss Haven Farm coop. There were nine “Cockerels” and nine “Pullets” in that group.
- It takes 21 days for incubated fertilized chicken eggs to hatch.
- All our hens are Standard size, not Bantam size. Bantam chickens are smaller than Standard.
Before Installing a Coop:
- Check city regulations for chickens. Consider your neighbors. Consider coop size, placement in yard, expense to buy or build, place for feed storage.
- Not all dogs are ok with chickens and predators love chickens.
- Consider time to enjoy, clean the coop, gather eggs, and feed your chickens.
- Consider heat tolerance when buying chickens. Some breeds don’t do well during the Texas summer.
- Consider chicken care when you are on vacation and any ER situations.
- Educate yourself and connect with veteran hen keepers.