Hello there we are a small start-up farm here in VT and are very excited to be featuring our chickens and ducks for sale. We have several heritage, rare and just plain cool breeds that we specialize in. This is a loving and caring environment. All birds are fed a high quality feed and typically interacted with many times a day. We have hatching eggs for sale, newborns to pullets and cockerels. We can also incubate eggs for you. For more up to date info join my page on Facebook here:https://www.facebook.com/sugarfeatherfarms - I update that page regularly. I also have a website www.sugar-feather.com but it is not fully functional (I am not a web designer so learning curve is tough!). We are a NPIP Certified Facility. Below are some of our breeds ready to sell and we like to include their descriptions:
SWEDISH FLOWER HENS
newborns/babies $15 each
pullets/cockerels $30 each (more feed and costs for me)
Fertile Eggs $5 each $60 dozen
What are Swedish Flower Hens?
Swedish flower hens emerged as a landrace several hundred years ago, the product of a now forgotten mix of
primitive breeds that were brought to Sweden by settlers and conquerors. As a landrace, this breed was not intentionally created by a breeder carefully selecting birds as part of a structured breeding program. Rather, this breed was created through natural selection and random pairings as the breed adapted to the climate and conditions southern Sweden.
Swedish flower hens are the largest breed of chickens native to Sweden. this breed almost became extinct. A couple of decades ago remnant flocks were identified in three small, rural Swedish villages and a focused effort was made to save the breed.
Swedish flower hens are called blommehns in Swedish; literally 'bloom hens.' The complex and brilliant color feather patterns of the birds do, indeed, evoke the image of a tangle of wildflowers. Their full visual appeal can't be adequately appreciated unless you witness firsthand the rich and striking colors of the birds. They are landrace birds so each chick is born unique.
Even more impressive is the personality and hardiness of this breed. They are poised and confident around people, but the roosters are never aggressive toward their caretakers. They are independent enough to make excellent free-range birds, but they seek and seem to enjoy human interaction. Swedish flower hens are relatively calm but never to the point of being inert or inattentive. They seem to possess all the positive aspects of chicken personalities and none of the negatives. Our experience is that they are also unusually hardy, rarely falling ill or acting dumpy. Few breeds are as practical as Swedish flower hens. The roosters have a powerful upright bearing and a broad chest. The hens are prolific layers for most of the year, and they far out-produce other breeds like Orpingtons. The breed is also well-adapted to colder temperatures.
pullets/cockerels $30 (due to cost of feeding)
Fertile Eggs $5 or $60 dozen
What are Ayam Cemanis?
The rarest and most sought after chicken breed on the planet, so of course we had to have them. Ayam Cemani originate in Indonesia and are known to have black feathers, black skin, black comb and wattles, black flesh, black organs, black bones and all. This makes this breed one of the most beautiful chickens on the planet, hailing them as "The Lamborghini of Poultry."
In Indonesia, they are known for their mystical healing powers due to their black hyper-pigmentation. The hens lay a surprisingly abundant amount of eggs, 80-120 eggs each year. Their eggs are unusually large proportion compared to the hen's body, making them a low feed cost breed with excellent egg laying capability. However, it is important to understand that not all Ayam Cemani offspring grow up to be solid black, even with solid black parents. We cannot guarantee the distribution of black pigment in the offspring you receive as each chick will turn out different, which I think is fascinating!
Ayam Cemani are hardy, low maintenance, tame and easy to handle. Mine have been very friendly and 2 of my hens are very broody!
If you want to own the rarest chicken breed on the planet, look no further. My hens are laying on eggs right now. I love to spoil them!
Fertile Eggs $5 each $60 dozen
What are Seramas?
Seramas are one of the worlds' smallest breeds..ranging between 10-20 ounces. A full grown rooster is about the size of a pigeon OMG..Seramas have a very tame and gentle disposition, making them great pets since they are easily handled. I love their sounds, so cute.
One of the most striking features is their upright ,erect carriage. They stand like proud little 'toy soldiers', and they come in a wonderful range of colors and feathers.
Seramas originated in Malaysia, where they are the number one house pet..outnumbering dogs and cats The Serama is the smallest and lightest bantam chicken in the world and highly prized as living works of art. The Serama originated in Malaysia and is the result of selective cross breeding of several breeds (the common village bantam and the wild jungle fowl) contributing a bulk of the serama's genes. They lay tiny white or pink tinted eggs. The mothers can be broody. They can take winter but will need supplemental heat if outside.
WHITING TRUE BLUE
Eggs - $5 each dozen $60
What are Whiting True Blues?
Whitings are wonderful, prolific layers of large blue eggs, there are also Whiting True Greens. Their egg size and eggs per year rivals any production bird (i.e. Leghorns) They also begin laying promptly at 5 months of age. This relatively new-to-the-scene breed comes in a myriad of feather color, with almost anything possible including Barred, Duckwing, and Wild Type. They are very active chickens, with typically friendly, non-agressive temperament. We currently have black pairs with some flecks of brown.
Whitings are not Araucanas, Ameraucanas, or 'Easter Eggers' — they are their own breed. This relatively new breed is named after the poultry geneticist, Dr. Tom Whiting, who developed the breed. Love them.
MIXED HERITAGE/RARE CROSSES
chicks/babies - $10 each
pullets/cockerels $20 each
These are mixes of my mating pairs breeds. As you can see they are adorable! Typically there will be the following: Ayam Cemani/Swedish Flower Silkie/Hedamora Hedamora/Easter Egger Crevocuer/Swedish Flower Easter Egger/ and all... who knows! All healthy and active ready for you to take home, who knows what cool new breed you may have.
chicks/babies $15 each
Fertile Eggs $5 each
Easter Eggers are not a breed per se, but a variety of chicken that does not conform to any breed standard but lays large to extra large eggs that vary in shade from blue to green to olive to aqua and sometimes even pinkish. So of course I had to have some egg color and variety!Easter Eggers vary widely in color and conformation and are exceptionally friendly and hardy. Since they are usually quite friendly to children and humans in general, they are a great choice for a family flock.
Babies/chicks $20 each
$5 egg $60 dozen
The Crevecoeur is a rare chicken breed originating in France, where it was kept as a dual purpose chicken, raised both for its white eggs and for meat. It is named after the town of Crèvecoeur in Normandy and is one of the oldest French chicken breeds. It may be the progenitor of the La Flèche, Houdan, and Faverolles breeds. Did you check out my pictures? They are so cool looking!!
The Crèvecœur has uniformly black plumage, a V-shaped comb and a large beautiful crests. They are quite docile and my females are very quiet. They did great in the winter here. The Crevecoeur is currently highly endangered and has been given a classification of “critical” by the American Livestock Breed Conservancy.
Cayuga $20 each
Buff $20 each
Mixed - $15 each (Khaki Campbell, Cayuga, Buff)
Fertile Eggs - $5 each $60 dozen
Ducks are just awesome! Yes they are messy but so much more hardy than chickens and boy can they survive the Vermont winters! Keeping ducks in the back garden is a lot easier than people expect. They need a little more room than chickens in both run size and coop size and a few little extras to keep them healthy and happy, like fresh water all the time - no pond needed! Duck eggs are simply amazing and delicious. Mine are very friendly and tame but don't like to be held. T hey have some different requirements then chickens but very easy. Great at getting bugs and ticks.
Icelandic chickens originated with the settlement of Iceland in the tenth century by the Norse, who brought their farmstead chickens with them. Over the centuries, selection favored breeders capable of feeding themselves on Icelandic smallholdings, and hens with reliable mothering skills. The result was a landrace of active, naturally healthy fowl adapted to harsh conditions, on the small side with good egg production, even in winter.
The term “landrace” means that these chickens were selected all over Iceland for the same suite of utilitarian traits—but not to conform to a specific breed standard. Thus a flock of Icelandics is a visual kaleidoscope, showing every feather color and pattern, both single and rose comb styles, and various shank colors. Some birds, both hens and cocks, sport crests of feathers on the head, while others do not. (True Icelandics will not, however, show any feathering on the leg, nor a “muff” or “beard” or ear tufts. Face patches range from white to light lemon yellow, but are never red.)
Icelandic chickens are terrific at foraging for seeds and bugs. In fact, research has shown they are capable of consuming 40 % less feed than other free-ranging chickens. Icelandics are tireless diggers and do best with plenty of area to range. Icies love scratching the soil and can be put to work turning compost piles or even preparing no-till garden beds. Icelandic chickens don’t do well in confined situations. Icelandic hens have strong mothering skills and a tendency to go broody. These chickens are great if you are off grid, and can escape predators well. NOTE: chickens are prey animal. They are considered "Threatened" by the Livestock Conservancy.
The Hedemora is a rare landrace breed over 500 years old that developed in the forested areas of the part of Sweden known as Hedemora. It’s said to be the coldest hardy chicken in the world. Hedemoras are known to lay throughout the frigid winters, and are willing foragers even in the snow at a very low temperature in subzero weather. And of course we need that here on the East Coast!
Hedemora chickens are a landrace that over time split into three distinct varieties. The first variety is the ‘Wooly Silkied-Feather’, which has fine and furry looking feathers that cover its body ( I have a female). The other known varieties are the ‘Feather-Legged’ and the ‘Clean-Legged’, both with a heavy down layer under their smooth feathers, which protect them from the extremely cold weather.
Hedemora chickens have small single combs and wattles, and mostly red earlobes. The hens are good layers of light-brown eggs (around 150 eggs per year), and they tend to go broody too. Due to their very thick feathering, Hedemoras are capable of brooding very large clutches of eggs and make wonderful mothers.
Hardy birds, easy keepers and they make great pets for the young and old. We also find adding additional younger birds to the flock to be a smooth transition. Favorite on the farm.
We accept Paypal, cash and Venmo. We are taking reservations for our upcoming hatches and new stock not listed. Appenzellar Spitzhaubens, Olive Eggers, Silkies, Silkie Showgirls.