Laying chooks for pets

Craig's Farm

Top Quality Chickens and Expert Advice

Melbourne laying chickens

Open:

Phone:

0438 537 758

Address:

475 Fallon Rd

Iona 3815

Email:

craig@craigsfarm.com.au

EFTPOS Available

Please bring a box, or cat carrier,  to take your chicken/s home

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Usually Closed:

Monday to Friday

- except by appointment

Everything you need for Beginners to Experienced Chicken Owners

Craig's crew

Saturdays

      - 9am to 5pm

Sundays

      - 9am to 5pm

Large Breeds

Australorp

Orpington

Orpington laying hens

Rhode Island

Plymouth Rock

Sussex

Light Sussex chicken for sale Australorp Rhode Island Red

Attributes

Australorps are an Australian breed.  There is a standard strain as well as a laying strain.  The standard strain is large dual purpose bird (bred for laying and meat)  Due to their size, they take up to 30 weeks to start laying and will not fly when mature.They are known for holding the record for the most eggs laid in a year number of eggs laid, but this was in 1922 and the breed has changed considerably since this time.

Pure Breeds - Large

Orpingtons are one of the breeds we are asked for most often as they have an excellent online profile that tells people they are a friendly chicken that lays well.  This is true, but there are other breeds that lay better and other breeds that are friendlier.  Their appearance and buff colour also makes them popular.  Online research seems to lead some to not realise how large these chickens are.  Although they lay a large egg, their feed-to-egg ratio is low as they are a large bird.  Some people use them as dual purpose birds due to their size.  Due to their popularity these are often sold as fertilised eggs and day old chicks, meaning we rarely have supply of these at an age when they are old enough to join an established flock.  We plan to increase numbers for future seasons.  We occasionally are able to source older birds and list on the website under ‘Chickens available’ when we have them.

Plymouth Rocks are one of the breeds we are asked for most often due to their appearance.  They are a very large bird, which is not always obvious when researching online.  The barred Plymouth Rocks are most popular, although white Plymouth Rocks are also available.  These chickens are popular as dual purpose birds due to their size.  Bantam Plymouth Rocks are popular among those not wanting a very large bird as the bantams lay a reasonable sized egg and are similar in size to some of the medium sized chickens.  

Rhode Island Reds have a standard strain as well as a laying strain.  The standard strain is a large dual purpose bird (bred of laying and meat).  They lay a large to medium sized egg.  Due to their size, they take up to 30 weeks to start laying and will not fly when mature.

Sussex are a dual purpose bird (bred for laying and meat).  They lay a medium sized egg .  Due to their size, they take up to 30 weeks to start laying and will not fly when mature.  

Plymouth Rock pair

Colours: Black (pictured) / Black & blue

 

Broody: Sometimes

 

Eggs per week: 5

 

Sexed at: 12 weeks old

Colours: Buff

 

Broody: Sometimes

 

Eggs per week: 5

 

Egg colour: Cream

 

Sexed at: 12 weeks old

Australorp egg

Colours: Barred (left), white (right)

 

Broody: Sometimes

 

Eggs per week: 5

 

Sexed at: 12 weeks old

Colours: Red (pictured), white

 

Broody: Yes

 

Eggs per week: 5-6

 

Egg colour: Cream/ Brown

 

Sexed at: 8 weeks old

Ply Rock White egg

Colours: Light, silver

 

Broody: Yes

 

Eggs per week: 5

 

Egg colour: Cream/ Pink

 

Sexed at: 12 weeks old

For Availability, please check:  

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Rhode Island

Adult Breeders

Orpingtons

Adult Breeders

Adult Breeders

Plymouth Rock Plymouth Rock White

Sussex

Light Sussex chicken for sale Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island Reds have a standard strain as well as a laying strain.  The standard strain is a large dual purpose bird (bred of laying and meat).  They lay a large to medium sized egg.  Due to their size, they take up to 30 weeks to start laying and will not fly when mature.

Sussex are a dual purpose bird (bred for laying and meat).  They lay a medium sized egg .  Due to their size, they take up to 30 weeks to start laying and will not fly when mature.  

Colours: Red (pictured), white

 

Broody: Sometimes

 

Eggs per week: 5

 

Egg colour: Cream/ Brown

 

Sexed at: 8 weeks old

Colours: Light, Coronation, Platinum (left to right), Speckled

 

Broody: Sometimes

 

Eggs per week: 5

 

Egg colour: Cream/ Pink

 

Sexed at: 12 weeks old

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Adult Breeders

Sussex Platinum Sussex Platinum chicken

Adult Breeders

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  • Take longer to start laying than other breeds, because they are a larger bodied bird, so it takes longer to mature – up to 30 weeks or more

  • Popular as dual purpose birds

  • Longest life and longest laying life

  • Breeds are considered to be docile as they have difficulty flying and are slower than other breeds due to being larger in size.

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