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Black Standard Old English Chicks


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Valley Hatchery’s Black Standard Old English Chicks are a remarkable breed, esteemed for their striking, all-black plumage. Initially, these chicks may display some white feathers during their first and second stages of feathering. However, by the age of six months, they develop a solid black plumage, characterized by an enchanting iridescence, recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA) in 1938.

These chickens, while not primarily known for their egg-laying capabilities, produce about 120 white eggs annually. They tend to exhibit broodiness and are excellent, albeit somewhat aggressive, mothers. Beyond their ornamental appeal, they offer practical benefits, such as good muscle meat distribution, making them suitable as table birds. One of their most notable characteristics is their longevity, often living up to 15 years.

The Black Old English are extremely hardy and active birds. They have significantly contributed to the development of various other chicken breeds. For show purposes, the males of this breed undergo dubbing, involving the removal of the comb and wattles. In addition to the standard varieties, Valley Hatchery provides these chickens in bantam sizes, catering to a wide range of poultry enthusiasts. With their distinctive appearance, dual-purpose utility, and extended lifespan, the Black Standard Old English Chicks are an excellent addition to any flock.


Straight Run (Not Sexed)

Poultry Type

Large Fowl Chickens

Show Class

Game, Other Standard Breeds

Purpose & Type

Egg Laying

Egg Shell Color


Egg Production


Egg Size

Small – Medium


Active, Flighty



APA Recognized


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