My breeding stock consists of a number of different birds each of which is hand chosen to produce quality offspring. All birds are unrelated from each other to ensure no inbreeding; sourcing new genetics all over Ireland including England and Scotland from other breeders. We have kept an abundance of different breeds over the years and now have tailored are stock to our personal favourites and breeds suitable for us. 

Each breed is set up with a pen of their own with a large coop. Each enclosure consists of a tree for natural shelter from the weather conditions and provided with areas in the garden for bathing. Each enclosure provides each individual bird with the five freedom requirements.  

The poultry's diet consists of mainly layer pellets for the adult birds, growers and chick crumb for the young hatchlings. They also get a mixture of different seeds and meal, including grit for the formation of the egg shells to supplement their diet. As a treat they are frequently fed on vegetables, cooked potato peelings, pasta and bread; which the birds enjoy.

More Photoraphs can be found on the 'Photos' page.

Waterfowl Stock 

Bantam Ducks: Call Ducks

Thanks to my son we currently keep a small group of different coloured ducks which he is always swapping and changing. Currently consisting of white pairs with small beaks, a silver appleyard duck pair, and a blue bibbed. Our most dominant White drake scrooge is a stunning bird always bathing in his pond area; reguarly cleaning himself giving have striking appearance.

The call duck is a small but very lively bird; very vocal sounds almost like laughter. A hardy bird and good as a garden bird as they are very clean and tidy birds. We have discovered they are a very friendly and easily tamed from having them the last few years now.      

Hatching Rate: 11/12

Eggs per year: 60   


Ornamental Waterfowl: Mandarins

Colours: Blonde carrier gene Drake & Blonde Duck, Silver.


Mandarin drake 'Chip'  a blonde gene carrier. 

Hatching Rate: N/A New Stock 

Eggs per year: 10+


Silver drake 'Tuppence' and duck 'Penny'. 

Hatching Rate: N/A New Stock 

Eggs per year: 10+


Ornamental Waterfowl: Carolinas 

Colours: Silver

New pair of Carolinas my drake 'Bleu' and his duck. 

Hatching Rate: N/A New Stock 

Eggs per year: 10+

Layer Stock

Our layer stock is made up of a variety of pure bred breeds for different traits; appearance, hardiness and laying abilities. We keep a laying stock for retired breeding birds, birds of sentimental value and so my wife can have some eating eggs. If we have spare roosters or different lines they run with the layers.  

At the moment the laying stock consists of a old speckled sussex hen  'Dot' my son bought her for me fathers day a few years ago and was one of the first hens to enter the garden. 

 

Sussex

Colours: Speckled  

Eggs per year: 160



Breeding Stock

Wyandotte (Large Fowl)

Colours: Silver Laced, Silver Pencilled, Patridge, White, 

I have a Silver Laced Rooster 'Basil' in a quintet. As we are trying improve the silver lacing on our birds some of the birds come from our own breeding but 'Basil' is completely unrelated reared from English eggs. 

Hatching rate: 10/12

I have a Silver Penciled Rooster 'Archer' in a quintet. 

Hatching rate: 12/12

I have a Patridge Rooster 'Zeus' in a quintet.

Hatching rate: 10/12 

I have two White Roosters 'Sultan' and 'Casper' in two trios.  Although an uncommon practice white wyandotte can be crossed with Rhode-Island Reds to create dual-purpose birds.

Hatching Rate: N/A New Stock 


We currently have some growers of other colours and acquiring new birds for next years breeding. 

Wyandottes are docile birds and the hens are very broody, making excellent mothers. Actually preventing them going broody can be an issue so advice keeping a large group if interested in breeding purposes. Great layers of a slightly tinted egg and tend to have strong chicks that mature rapidly. Friendly, hardy birds and good garden birds. Wyandottes have yellow legs, with a short round head, rose comb, bright red ear lobes and reddish eyes.    

Eggs per year: 200 - 240

I have a Large Fowl Lavender Rooster in a trio. 

Pekins (True Bantams)

Colour: Chocolate (Rare colour), Lavender, Lavender Cuckoo

I have a Lavender Hen 'Flora' and Lavender Cuckoo Hen 'Petal' which is used as broody hen and sometimes for breeding to create Lavender Cuckoo. 

I have kept a variety of Pekin colourations over the years. Firstly bought to provide clockers but after my son took interest in the breed we have bred a selection of colours including Lavender Cuckoos. I started with two Buff Pekins but this rapidly grew. 

Pekins are seen as a true bantam due to the fact they have no large variety available. This is argued as some say they are the bantam variety of the Cochin. These birds are easily tamed, placid birds suitable for children as they enjoy being handled, petted and enjoy company. They are perfect for small gardens as they have small space requirements and suitable for urban gardens as they dont tend to destroy the garden. They love oppurtunities to forage and roam the garden. However, roosters can be terrotorial and protective over hens, individuals have be witnessed standing up to individual large fowl. The hens make good layers and famous for their broodiness. Rooster can also be seen helping with the rearing of chicks. They are a small, round fluffy bird, resembling a small football or tea cosy.

Eggs per year: 60-100 

Chocolate Pekins

Fourth Generation consists of Black split Rooster and Chocolate hens called 'Wispa' and 'Caramel' and mixture of chicks.  These are going to be bred further with unrelated Black pekin rooster 'Mars', to create Fifth Generations. So far strong healthy birds with good shape and feathering on feet.

Hatching Rate: 11/12

Eggs per year: 60-100