Icelandic Chicken Eggs arrive on the Ides of March

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Icelandic Cock  –  Mack Hill Farm

I had the pleasure and the privilege of visiting Mack Hill Farm today to see their flock and acquire my Icelandic Chicken hatching eggs!   Mack Hill Farm is a great mixture of tall trees and open spaces. When I arrived the 90 some Icelandics were scattered around in groups scratching through the leaves in the woods,  each cock with his harem.  One hen still roosting high in a large pine tree.




I love the varied colors.  I am hoping that my hatch will include Peach  and Black and White Speckled birds.  What ever hatches they will be a marvelous mixture of color and comb varieties.  This breed which goes back to the Vikings is the perfect solution for my “need”  for colored chickens.


Icelandic Chicken Eggs

Four of the six dozen eggs I brought home to hatch.  As you can see the Icelandics lay a white egg with occasional hints of beige. Very similar to the White Chanteclers! This may mean I keep a small mixed flock off dark egg layers so I can continued to sell mixed hues to our egg customers.


Placed in the Incubator on the Ides of March

Yes, we hatch in the dining room:)  These should be pipping on April 3rd as I was told today Icelandics hatch out in 19 days.  Will post pictures of the hatch in April.

Additional eggs later this season from Muddy Hoof Farm –  way Down East!


2 Days old here.  Hatched April 5, 2013.  38 Icelandic Chicks.

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7 Responses to Icelandic Chicken Eggs arrive on the Ides of March

  1. Mary Carmen March 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    This looks like an exciting new adventure. What is the draw to this breed? Love the photos of eggs on the dining table, farm to table, love it!

    • James Trundy Verrill March 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

      Another OLD breed (1000 plus years) that nearly disappeared (down to 400 birds in Iceland) AND the marvelous and varied colors in a “breed”. I had been developing the same concept in my mixed “Vermont Farm Flock”. Why try to redo what has already been beautifully accomplished!

  2. Kim Clark March 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Hi there thanks for sharing your adventure. I have only two roosters and a hen. I have them with 10 other hens in one coop. Don’t worry though I do not hatch the eggs. I plan on putting them in their own coop as soon as I get more hens, I just can’t find any. The woman I got mine from stopped raising them. I don’t have an incubator. My birds are so pretty, I have a roo that is white with rust hackles and the other is just a beauty he has iridescent black/green tail feathers the rest of him is browns, white and rust.


  3. Karen May 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Hi there, I am interested in ordering these chicks for myself. Are they still available?

    Thank you!

  4. jackey kershaw August 2, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    please can you tell me where I can buy fertile eggs, as I would really love to keep these birds. At the moment I have cream legbars and silver appenzellers and would love to add to my collection

    • James Trundy Verrill August 4, 2013 at 6:31 am #

      Not sure if they are in the UK? Google Chantercler UK and Chantecler Canada to see what you find. Importation is involved and expensive!!

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