We currently have a fair few varieties of chicks coming through from hatching and growing on.
Unfortunately we lost our cockrel Hiccup, and few a of the hens, snowball, toothless and Myrtle to the nasty Mr Fox, so we are very happy to say that we have a female chick called Sophie from hiccup and toothless, which we will keep, and 5 other cute bantam chicks from hiccup that were born 2 weeks ago.
These little guys are the cutest things ever, they have Silkie traits, like 5 toes and really soft down.
We are also rearing our own little group of White crested Polish, Black Pekins, White Silkies and Seramas.
To replace the lost hens, we have got 4 brown Leghorn cross with Wellsomers who are growing nicely. As soon as I can catch them I will upload photos.
Our beautiful Polish pair are called Cluck and Jezabelle.
The Polish or Poland is a European breed of chicken known for its crest of feathers. The oldest accounts of these birds come from the Netherlands; their exact origins are unknown, however. In addition to combs, they are adorned with large crests that nearly cover the entirety of the head. This crest limits their vision, and as a result can affect their temperament. Thus, though normally tame, they may be timid and easily frightened.
Polish chickens are bred primarily as a show bird, but were originally productive egg layers. Accordingly, Polish rarely go broody and are noted for their white eggs. There are bearded, non-bearded and frizzle varieties.
Our Seramas are called Borachio and Debbie.
Serama originate in the Malaysian state of Kelantan, apparently through the crossing of Japanese and Malaysian bantams. Other stories of the birds derived from a gift of some small chickens by the King of Thailand to a local sultan in ancient times. Small chickens have always been popular pets in this area and are often referred to as “ayam katik” (pygmy chickens) and “ayam cantik” (pretty chickens).
The modern breed is attributed to the efforts of Wee Yean Een from Kelantan, who named the breed “Serama” after Rama, the title of the Kings of Thailand. The breed was first exhibited in 1990. The breed was hit hard by the Asian bird flu epidemic in 2004 when many birds were culled amid government concerns.
There are no written standards for the breed in its native country. However, they do now have an overall guide on scoring and judging for competitions in Malaysia. Many breeders have a style or type that they breed to, but often breeders keep several “styles”. These styles are often names given by breeders to describe a blood line of a champion (e.g. Husin, Mat Awang), but may also be more general shape, characteristics or behaviour (e.g. slim, submarine, and dragon). Hence there is quite a lot of diversity in Malaysia, but an overall theme of a small brave chicken with a persona of fearless warrior or toy soldier. The shape, behaviour, temperament and size of the bird are the most important characteristics. They compete against each other in open table top competitions (often described as “beauty contests”) and scored by several judges. The prize for the winning birds can be quite a bit of money.
Here at Llangwm House we have decided to expand our little chicken empire and start breeding, incubating and hatching our own chickens.
After revieing the the different breeds of chickens our youngest son, William, decided that he wanted to specialise in the smallest breed of chicken called the Serama. I have always wanted Polish chickens, and will have 2 different varieties, the White Crested and Laced.
Each breed will have their own page and chicks and breeding pairs will be available to buy.