Finding the Best Autosexing, Rare and Fancy Chicken Breeds

As part of our enhanced biosecurity standards and plans for optimal flock turnover, we will not add any new rare and fancy chicken breeds for five years. It’s essential to find eggs from multiple sources all at once to enable this plan and be able to selectively breed from diverse stock.

-Mandy Wheaton, Chief Chicken Wrangler

LAST UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2022

Upcoming Chicken Breeds:

  • Black Ameraucana
  • Lavender Ameraucana
  • Black Copper Marans
  • Autosexing Olive Egger
  • F1/F2 Standard Olive Egger
  • Cream Crested Legbar
  • Opal Legbar
  • Mille Fleur d’Uccle
  • Golden Neck d’Uccle
  • Frizzle d’Uccle
  • Opal d’Uccle
  • Golden Bielefelder
  • Silver Seabright

Thanks to everyone who voted and weighed in on breeds over the past few months as we made our final choices! We ended up with more breeds than originally intended.

Notice: Our hatchery has closed for Spring 2022 after the tragic loss of our flocks in fall of 2021. Not to fret, we went on an egg-pic 2,800-mile road trip to collect excellent stock from several states along East Coast, including our first ever bantams and quail. We have live mealworms and frass for sale in the meantime, and will have goat’s milk and tallow soaps in our shop soon. Thanks for your interest. SUBSCRIBE to get updates on available chicks. Subscribers are notified before Instagram and Facebook.

Belgian d’Uccle Booted Bantams

And I did a thing. I ordered bantams. I said I’d never do it. But here I am. We will be bringing home Mille Fleur and golden neck d’Uccle booted bantams. I love them already. My Instagram has been blowing up with stunning photos of them. I just HAD to have them.

Frizzle Mille Fleur Belgian d’Uccle chicken hen makes an excellent broody mama
This stunning hen is from Green Grables Farm

And it gets even better, I found Mille frizzles from a second source from some incredible show-quality stock. I’m DYING to hatch them. I have never held a bantam-sized chick and bet it’s the cutest.

Between the regal body shape, lovely coloring, dainty eggs, and charming personality they seem to be the perfect bird for our youngest son to learn the trade with. These will be ‘his’ chickens that he will learn about breeding practices and how to make selections with.

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Black Copper Marans

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Marans from our 2021 stock.

Given the rigorous breeding program ahead, I sourced our Black Copper Marans hatching eggs from six farms.

With this high level of diversity and such amazing dark egg color to start from, I feel like I’m at a good place for an ultimate chocolate egg breeding program. An expected 75-80% hatch rate and an estimated 50% being roosters, leaves us with approximately 30 laying hens by Christmas.

Though not as rare as they once were several years ago when I began keeping this breed, I still feel they have a place in our line of rare and fancy chicken breeds.

Last year’s stock was so amazing I contacted the farms I purchased from last year first.

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Gold Bielefelder

A Bielefelder rooster from

For our upcoming auto-sexing breeds, we have purchased gold Bielefelders from two farms. These birds are gentile giants with very heavy roosters, high production of jumbo eggs, and great broody-mama hens.

I have never ever ever seen such large eggs. We could barely close the extra large cartons when we picked them up and made sure to place the on the top of the egg crate stack for the ride home.

They are easily the size of Pekin duck eggs!

The Bielefelder is an all-around a great homestead breed which we look forward to raising here on our farm. This will enable us to offer a female chicks locally and keep the roosters to grow out for our family.

I also look forward to using their feathers in my art studio.

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Opal & Cream Legbar

This gorgeous Opal Legbar rooster is from Racing Feathers Farm in Brogue, PA

To offer another autosexing breed choice to our customers, we will also be adding Opal and cream crested Legbar from two farms.

Legbar chickens not only have an autosexing gene, they lay big blue eggs consistently, and the hens have a silly little tuft atop their sweet little heads.

They will also make a great addition to our olive egger plans.

These opal beauties definitely have a place in our rare and fancy chicken breeds, because I didn’t know they existed until this year! I’m not sure if I should be excited or embarrassed.

Lavender & Black Ameraucana

Wheaton Mountain Farm lavender ameraucana self-blue chicks for sale in maine
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As many of you may know, Lavender Ameraucana hold a special place in my chicken-mama heart. Those fluffy cheeks, slate blue legs and eagle eyes are just so handsome. Moreover, they lay lovely baby blue eggs and are very winter hardy. They were often the first ones to slip out of the coop on super cold mornings here on the mountain.

We have picked up two colors (and split) Ameraucana from four farms!

lavender ameraucana americana self blue hatching eggs in maine wheaton mountain hatchery

I’m also adding a dozen black and black/self-blue splits for both diversity and improved feather quality crosses as needed. Some of the Lavenders last year had feather quality problems and we had just hatched some black splits when we were given the terrible news to euthanize the flocks.

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Multi-generational Olive Eggers

olive egger green eggs

We have been generously gifted autosexing olive eggers to add to our flocks. I’m so excited to try them out!

This will create a truly diverse array of green layers, a great addition to a small backyard flock, in half the time we expected.

NOTE: We are also expecting to purchase Silver Seabrights in mid-June! Photos of stock to come.