Lakenvelders, Where to Get Chicks

While breed researching for my fall chicks, I ran across an interesting breed to consider. This rare breed is often available for purchase from Murray McMurray Hatchery.

McMurray Hatchery Lakenvelder

These are one of the most beautiful in appearance of any of our rare varieties with their striking black and white markings and slate colored legs. We are told that the word “Lakenvelder” when translated from the Dutch means “a shadow on a sheet”, a particularly descriptive name. They were bred extensively in Germany and Holland as long ago as the early 1800’s, but were not recognized here until the 1930’s.

They are quite small when mature, 3 to 4 Ibs., and very quick and active, foraging widely if allowed to run. The skin is white and the breast unusually plump and round, almost like wild game birds. Hens lay white eggs and are non-setters. Baby chicks are mostly creamy white with a half collar of black on the neck and sprinkling of black on the head and back.

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Chicken Embryo Development

Watch this amazing video of the development of a chicken embryo.

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Solutions for Spraddle Leg

Spraddle Leg and Curled Toes in Baby Chicks | Prevention and Treatment

What is Spraddle Leg?

Spraddle Legs is a condition when baby chicks can’t get their feet under them to walk. Here’s what you can do to treat this condition…
Hopefully you will never have to worry about a chick with spraddle leg ( also called splayed leg), but as is the case with everything else chicken-related, it’s always best to be prepared …just in case… Read Article

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