Chick Breeds for 2019



    Spring is on its way! Brighten up the end of winter by choosing some new chicks to add to your backyard flock or, if you're just beginning, research which birds will be best for you! Call or visit the store to have your name added to our list (no payment will be taken, this is only to reserve them). But hurry! If you wait until their arrival date, there's chance that all the chicks will be spoken for and you'll be placed on a waiting list for extras if/when they become available.

    Birds must be purchased at a minimum of 3 at a time. These can be birds of different breeds, as long as they have the same shipping date. Please note, shipping dates refer to the week of the delivery, not the exact date. Chicks arrive at the store when they are 24-48 hours old, their exact delivery date depends on when they hatch.

    Most of the birds available at Morrison’s are for egg production and so we choose breeds known to be good layers and cold hardy for our New England winters. Although we request these birds to be pullets (a term for baby hens) we cannot guarantee that you will not receive a rooster. Any breeds noted “straight run” are not sorted by sex and will include roosters.

    When your chicks arrive, you will receive a call from us- chicks must be picked up within 3 days from that call. After that point chicks will released for sale to other customers.

    Morrison’s guarantees the health of birds for 48 hours after purchase. If there are any concerns or questions about the health of your birds, please call the store immediately.


    Ameraucana  March 25 & April 29
    Ameraucanas are an intelligent and hardy breed developed from South American birds. They are medium sized with varied plumage colors and tiny combs. Ameraucanas reliably produce large eggs that range in shades of blue, green and pink. They are sometimes known as the “Easter Egg Bird”.

    New Hampshire Red  March 25
    Originally developed from Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshires are a fast-growing breed. They feather out rapidly and are especially cold-hardy. New Hampshires are a great dual-purpose bird because they mature to a large size, but they are best known for laying extra-large brown eggs.

    Barred Rock  April 1
    A New England native, this friendly and outgoing breed has become an all-time favorite across the country. The large, mature size makes for a great dual-purpose bird, but are primarily kept for their efficient production of large, brown eggs. Barred Rocks tolerate our colder seasons extremely well and are an excellent choice for a free-range flock.

    Buff Orpington  April 1 & April 29
    Since their introduction from England, the bright-gold Buff Orpington is a favorite breed for backyard flocks. They lay large, brown eggs and are considered a dual-purpose bird due to their extra-large size. The Orpington’s heavy feathering makes them especially resistant to cold weather. An easy-going breed, they are a great choice for families.

    Midnight Majesty Maran  New for 2019!  April 8
    The Midnight Majesty Maran is THE new breed for 2019! These beautiful birds have striking black plumage with chocolate-brown down feathering. A standard sized feather leg, Midnight Majesties are adaptable to both cold and hot climates. Like their Maran relatives, they lay a large, dark brown egg.

    Sapphire Gem  New in 2018!  April 8
    Sapphire Gem is a specialty hybrid that was created by a breeder in the Czech Republic. This medium sized, sex-link chicken will amaze you with its gray to light gray colored plumage. The Sapphire Gem is a fantastic forager, and consistent layer of large brown eggs.

    Welsummer  April 8 
    Best known for its good production of large, dark terracotta brown eggs. A medium bird, it has a docile temperament and is cold hardy. The Welsummer tends to be more athletic than most breeds, easily taking to foraging and free ranging.

    Black Australorp  April 15
    The Black Australorp is an early to mature, dual-purpose breed. They are best known for producing large, light brown eggs at a high rate over long periods of time. These extra-large birds have lustrous, black plumage with a greenish-purple sheen and larger than average bright, red combs. Their stunning looks go well with their quiet and gentle demeanor.

    Golden Comet  April 15
    Golden Comets are “sex link” chickens, meaning they are bred so males and females are different colors when hatched. Females are gold and males are white, making for easier identification. They are one of the most reliable extra-large, brown egg layers available today. These cold- hardy birds mature early and adapt well to free range. The Comet’s sweet temperament makes them a great choice for beginning chicken owners.

    Speckled Sussex  April 15
    Sussex were formerly known as a meat bird, but are now kept for their beauty and prolific egg production. These extra-large birds produce medium-sized eggs in shades of light brown. Due to their large size when mature, they are not prone to flying and are easily fenced.

    Rhode Island Red  April 22
    One of the most famous breeds of American chickens, Rhode Island Reds are a great dual-purpose bird best known for their reliable production of extra-large, brown eggs. These large, hardy birds are perfect for a backyard flock.

    Golden Laced Wyandotte  April 22
    Wyandotte’s are an old American breed well known for their docile nature and cold resistance (which keeps them laying throughout the winter). These large birds are good brown egg layers with strikingly beautiful plumage and close fitting rose combs.

    Silver Laced Wyandotte  April 22
    Wyandottes are an old American breed well known for their docile nature and cold resistance (which keeps them laying throughout the winter). These large birds are good brown egg layers with strikingly beautiful plumage and close fitting rose combs.

    Olive Egger  New for 2019!  May 6
    New to us for 2019: 2 types of hardy hens that were bred to lay eggs in shades of green! Type 1 is an Americana-French Cuckoo Maran cross whose feathers most often will be black, although some might be a blue-gray. For Type 2, Legbars and Welsummers were crossed to get a speckled, green egg. Like their hybrid ancestors, it is possible for both hybrids to lay a blue or light brown egg.

    Assorted Polish Crested  May 6
    An assortment of BUFF LACED POLISH, SILVER LACED POLISH, GOLD LACED POLISH, and WHITE CRESTED BLACK POLISH. Most of these exotic breeds are not strong egg layers, but do lay medium sized white eggs.

    Assorted Feather Legs  May 13
    The assortment is a mix of STANDARD COCHINS, STANDARD BRAHMAS, BLACK LANGSHANS, FEATHER LEGGED CUCKOO MARANS, SALMON FAVEROLLES, and other standard feather leg breeds. All breeds are large and docile, but not strong layers of brown eggs.

    Assorted Bantam Silkies (Straight Run)  May 20
    The Bantam Silkie is an unusual variety of chicken with black skin and feathers that feel similar to hair. They are much smaller than your standard breeds and have a calm, friendly demeanor. Our assortment will come in a variety of colors such as black, white, buff, partridge, red and blue. Not well known as egg layers, Silkies do produce small, brown eggs regularly.

    Jumbo White Cornish Cross (Meat Birds)  May 13
    White Cornish males were crossed with White Rock females to get chicks with hybrid vigor. They have the best qualities of both parents: broad breasts, big thighs, fast feathering, white plumage and yellow skin. They have remarkable feed efficiency and will reach 5 pounds in 8 weeks.

    Assorted Rare Breed Turkeys (Straight Run)  May 6
    A mix of at least four of the following rare (heritage) turkey breeds: ROYAL PALMS, NARRAGANSETTS, WHITE HOLLANDS, MIDGET WHITES, BOURBON REDS, STANDARD BRONZE, BLACKS, and BLUE SLATES. All can breed naturally.

    Broad Breasted White Turkeys (Straight Run)  May 13
    A very fast growing broad breasted turkey. They have excellent feed conversion and disease resistance. White feathers make for easy processing. This breed has stronger legs than many others.

    Assorted Guinea Fowl (Straight Run) May 20
    Guinea Fowl are very easy to raise. The adults will roost in trees and fend for themselves, or can be raised in pens with chickens. They are popular for their lean, dark meat and appetite for insects, especially ticks! Our assortment will include a mixture of PEARLS, WHITES, LAVENDERS AND ROYAL PURPLES.

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