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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

    Kimmie

  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!
    Karen

  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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