Valley Hatchery proudly presents the Blue Standard Old English Chicks, a variety that captures the essence of calm and beauty in your poultry collection. These chickens are distinguished by their unique blue/grey bodies and darker colored heads and tails, offering a range of blue shades that add a tranquil yet striking presence to your flock. Although this blue variety isn’t recognized by the APA, their allure is undeniable.
Breeding these Blue Old English chickens is a delightful surprise, as their blue coloring doesn’t breed true. This genetic trait results in a charming assortment of chick colors with each hatch: about one-third blue, one-third splash, and one-third dark blue or black. It’s a fascinating display of poultry genetics at play.
In terms of utility, the hens are reliable layers, producing approximately 120 white eggs per year and are known for their excellent mothering skills, though they can display protective behavior. Remarkably, they are also among the longest-living chicken breeds, with lifespans reaching up to about 15 years, making them a lasting addition to any coop.
For show purposes, the males of this breed are traditionally dubbed, meaning their combs and wattles are removed, aligning them with show standards. Despite not being celebrated for their egg production, these chickens are valued for both their ornamental qualities and their good muscle meat distribution, which makes them suitable as table birds.
These Blue Old English Chicks are not just visually appealing but also robust and adaptable. Known for their lively and somewhat flighty nature, they are strong fliers and can be quite vocal, characteristics that enable them to thrive in free-range settings and protect themselves from predators. They can withstand a wide range of temperatures, though it’s wise to manage the males carefully, as they tend to be territorial.
Valley Hatchery offers these chickens not only in the serene blue variety but also in other colors and bantam sizes, ensuring there’s a perfect match for every poultry enthusiast. Whether for exhibition, free-range living, or simply as a unique addition to your backyard, the Blue Standard Old English Chicks are a testament to the diversity and charm of the avian world.