The primary reason for keeping chickens varies from household to household. But for most, keeping a few backyard hens for a daily supply of fresh eggs is preferred over raising meat birds.
Maybe you’re looking for pest & weed control, or want your very own fertilizer machine for your garden. Whatever your reason, we are here to help you raise a happy healthy flock from brooder to coop, and beyond.
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The Brakel’s history dates back to 1416. They were developed in the Flanders region spanning across northern France, Belgium, and Holland. These birds were a staple on small farms in the area and were bred as a dual-purpose breed with excellent egg production and good table quality. Hens lay about 180 – 200 eggs per year, which are quite large relative to their medium body size.
Brakels are a hardy and active breed. They are good fliers, alert for predators, and excellent foragers. This makes them well adapted for free-ranging flocks.
After both World Wars, the Brakel’s population declined drastically. In the 1960s, the breed was all but extinct. In 1971, recovery efforts began. The only remaining birds were 2 hens, 2 roosters, and a dozen eggs. Remarkably from this small group, the breed was revived!
Learn More: Chicken Breeds Information Center
Oh my, many to choose from! Are you looking to start or add to an existing flock? Check out Murray McMurray, I’ve never been disappointed by this hatchery. Great service, birds were of nice quality, and most importantly, arrived at my local post office safely.
McMurray Hatchery – Large selection of day old chicks, poultry and exotic fowl. Homestead supplies and poultry equipment available for sale.
Check out what chicks are Currently Available at this time, or Request a Printed Catalog.
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by The FACTSITE
Did you know chickens are closely related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex?
Whether you prefer them as pets on a farm or on your dinner plate for a meal, here are 50 facts about one of the most classic farm animals!
- There are more chickens on earth than people – 25 billion. There are also more chickens than any other bird species… Continue Reading