Selectively Bred Black Australorps
Selectively Bred Barred Plymouth Rocks
Selectively Bred Delawares
Available from 4 SPN Certified Flocks
Selectively Bred New Hampshires
Selectively Bred Rhode Island Reds
Selectively Bred Welsummers
Selectively Bred Standard Bronze Turkeys
Restoring standard bred poultry to be more productive and profitable!
The Black Australorps in our network are outstanding! They are probably one of the top breeds that we have seen great strides in over the past five years. Our original breeding stock came from Carol Hipps in Claremont, North Carolina – outstanding breeding stock. Our breeders continue to greatly improve these birds. The Black Australorp is a good example of what breeding can accomplish. Started from Black Orpington chickens in the 1890s, they were bred with an egg production emphasis. With egg production as the primary goal, outcrosses were made with Leghorn, Minorcas and Langshans. In the early 1900s the ‘Australian Laying Orpingtons’ were setting many egg laying records. The Certified Black Australorps in the SPN-USA have awesome genetics – producing some outstanding egg producers – while maintaining a cockerel that is fit for the table.
- The Forest Farm in Western North Carolina
- Peak Poultry in North Eastern North Carolina
- From the Hart Farm in Western North Carolina
- Ransdell Ranch in Northern California
- Dirt Rich Farms in Northern Texas
- Tilted Chicken Farm in Central California
- Thousand Hill Acres LLC in Central Ohio
- Matthew Pressly in Central Texas
- Ananda Hills Farm in Northern Washington
The Buckeye is one of the very best birds that we breed in SPN-USA! Our genetics go back to the hard work and breeding of Don Schrider and Jeannette Beranger; they are the reason that Buckeyes are popular again! We are honored to have these productive genetics within several SPN flocks throughout the USA. The Buckeye is a dual-purpose breed of chicken with a deep, lustrous buckeye color of plumage. They have yellow legs and skin, and, thanks to their pea comb, are very cold-weather hardy. While Buckeyes adapt readily to a variety of living conditions, they do best under free-range conditions or conditions where they have room to move around. Because of their active nature they do not do especially well in small confined spaces. A great chicken for any homesteader in colder climates!
In the early days of SPN-USA, we gathered several breeding lines of Delawares and went to work on improving them. Their rate of growth has been one of our priority. Depending on your age, these are the birds that your Grandparents ate for Sunday dinner. If you remember Grandma’s fried chicken as being the best there ever was, there is a good chance that she was serving you a 12-14 week old Delaware. Along with the New Hampshire, Delawares were the most common meat chicken in 1950. Our Delawares are bred to be a productive meat and egg producer. Different breeders can emphasize different aspects of the breed, but all of our Delawares are primarily meat and then eggs. They lay a large brown egg. SPN-USA has been selectively breeding these birds since early 2011.
The Salmon Faverolle is a beautiful bird with very productive history, developed for utility in Faverolle, France. These birds are very unique in color—females are a gorgeous salmon color while the males are black breasted with a reddish brown back and straw colored hackle and saddle. You really need to see them to appreciate them! They have feathered shanks, beards and muffs. The production of meat and winter eggs was the main objective of the French breeders. Faverolles lay tinted rather than white shelled eggs. They were admitted to the APA Standard in 1914.
- Smoky Buttes Ranch in Central Kansas
Our New Hampshire genetics can be traced back the late Harry Halbach of Waterford, Wisconsin. In 1950, it was once a very outstanding meat chicken. They are a relatively new breed, having been admitted to the APA Standard in 1935. They represent a specialized selection out of the Rhode Island Red breed. By intensive selection for rapid growth, fast feathering, early maturity and vigor, a different breed gradually emerged. They possess a deep, broad body, grow feathers very rapidly, are prone to go broody and make good mothers. Most pin feathers are a reddish buff in color and, therefore, do not detract from the carcass appearance very much. The color is a medium to light red and often fades in the sunshine. The comb is single and medium to large in size; in the females it often lops over a bit. These good, medium sized meat chickens have fair egg laying ability. They were initially used in the Chicken of Tomorrow contests, which led the way for the modern broiler industry.
- Claborn Farms in Central Texas
- TIMBERROCK Farm in Western South Carolina
Barred Plymouth Rocks
Our Barred Plymouth Rocks are another outstanding bird! Our genetics reach back to Jamie Duckworth (Kenly, NC) and Mr. Frank Reese Jr in Lindsborg, Kansas. Our breeders, who are spread throughout the USA, have worked hard to greatly improve the production qualities of this historical farmers fowl. Its popularity came from its qualities as an outstanding farm chicken: hardiness, docility and broodiness, excellent production of brown eggs, and meat that was considered tasty and juicy. The Plymouth Rock was one of the foundation breeds for the broiler industry in the 1920’s. Temperament is calm and the birds are cold-hardy with early feathering. This chicken has a bright red single comb, face, wattles, and earlobes. An outstanding dual purpose bird that has rich north American history.
Rhode Island Reds
The Rhode Island Red is not only America’s best known breed, but is perhaps the world’s best known fowl. It is the most successful dual purpose bird, and remains an excellent farm chicken. Originally developed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the 1880-90’s, its distinctive color and good production qualities helped it to spread rapidly. The originators of the Rhode Island Red wanted to create a bird that could lay a good number of eggs yet dress out nicely as a table bird. They were originally developed to lay 250 plus eggs a year starting as early as six months of age. Since the 1940’s, the Rhode Island Red has been selectively bred for more efficient egg production, becoming smaller, lighter colored, and less broody as a result – it has become a much more commercial egg layer! Our commitment is to restore it to its original purpose, its original type which are much larger, slow growing, darker in color and more broody.
Welsummers are one of the most requested breeds in the United States – they are loved for their disposition and dark brown eggs. We have been working to improve their production qualities for the last few years. The Welsummer is a Dutch breed of domestic chicken. It originated in the small village of Welsum, in the eastern Netherlands. It was bred at the beginning of the 20th century from local fowls of mixed origin: Rhode Island Reds, Barnevelders, Partridge Leghorns, Cochins, and Wyandottes. In 1922-23, steps were taken to create a standard after the birds began to show a good deal of uniformity. The eggs were originally exported for the commercial egg trade where they were an instant hit. Soon after, stock was imported into England. The breed was added to the British Standard in 1930. It is a light, friendly, and intelligent breed, with rustic-red and orange color, a great bird for you to consider having in your backyard.
- Smoky Buttes Ranch in Central Kansas
Midget White Turkeys
Narragansett Turkeys have been recognized by the American Poultry Association since 1874. They are descended from crosses between the eastern wild turkey and other domestic varieties and named after the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island where they were developed. In their early production years Narragansett Turkeys were known for their meat quality and ability to raise their own chicks. Our Narragansett genetics are greatly improved thanks to our dedicated breeders within SPN! You will find the Narragansett to be a very competitive, high quality bird that is fantastic for the marketplace.
- Earthcure Farm in northern Indiana
- Honey Pot Farm in eastern New York
- Tennessee Turkeys in eastern Tennessee
Standard Bronze Turkeys
All of our standard bronze turkey genetics come from Good Shepherd Ranch in Lindsborg, Kansas. We are so grateful for the many years of faithful breeding of Frank Reese Jr. Our bronze is true to breed, they are able to naturally reproduce and their live weight is near standard weights. Most standard bronze turkeys in North America are underweight, unproductive and not profitable. Our birds have outstanding vigor, excellent fertility and make delicious Thanksgiving meals. When fed properly, they grow at a normal rate and need approximately 26 weeks to finish out. Our birds have a rich history that extend back many, many years and have won hundreds of national turkey awards.
Silver Appleyard Ducks
The Appleyard duck was developed by Reginald Appleyard on his famous Priory Waterfowl Farm at Ixworth in Suffolk County, England. They were admitted to the APA Standard in 1998. Our SPN breeder genetics come from Holderread Waterfowl Farm—absolutely excellent quality birds! Silver Appleyards are known for their distinctive decorative coloration and for being an outstanding producer of large white eggs and gourmet quality meat. There is a growing demand for local duck products and this bird would be great for that niche market!
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