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Our Breeds

A Homestead Hatchery focused on quality.

At The Head Family Farm we work with a select few breeds. This allows us to maximize our time and narrow our focus with each breed and variety.

We breed to the APA Standard of Perfection and make changes with each new generation to continue focusing on the SOP and most desirable qualities. Those from our breeds who do not meet our standards to remain in the pure breeding flocks are moved to our Rainbow Layer flocks and contribute their best qualities there.

 

Temperament, Type, Vigor & Egg Color are the pillars of our program. 

Self Blue "Lavender" Ameracauna

Plumage Color: Self Blue (Lavender)

Egg Color & Size: Homozygous Blue, Medium

Egg Production:  250  per year

Our Self Blue Ameracauna stand out as a favorite here on the farm. Our customers continually comment on their friendliness and beauty.

Hatching eggs and chicks will be true (non-split) Self Blue (Lavender) Chicks. All of our parent stock meet the Ameracauna Breeders Club breed standard from their pure Self Blue color (adopted by the American Poultry Association in Spring 2020), steel legs and beaks, pea combs, with full muffs and beard.

 

While egg color is not currently a measure for the standard our hens lay a beautiful range of blue to turquoise eggs through their laying cycle.

Ameracaunas are often confused with Easter Eggers or Americanas* (a word created to pass off Easter Eggers as a breed). Easter Eggers, while beautiful and typically very colorful are a mix of breeds who often lay a blue/green egg.

Ameracaunas are a standard breed accepted by the American Poultry Associated with a breed standard and clubs who work to perfect this breed. We are proud to be part of the Ameracauna Breeders Club and new show exhibitors of this breed. We encourage you to visit the breeders club website if you're interested in learning more about the different color varieties and breed history. 

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Rainbow Layers

Unique crosses for various egg colors

We offer hens choice Rainbow Dozen Hatching Eggs that could include our pure breeds as well. We have specific breeding pens for various Greens, Olive (F1 & F2), Tan, Pink, Dark Brown & Homozygous Blue.

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Black (Split to Self Blue) Ameracauna

Plumage Color: Black

Egg Color & Size: Homozygous Blue, Medium

Egg Production:  250 per year

Black Ameracauna are necessary in a Self Blue "Lavender" breeding flock to maintain the best feather quality and color. Our Black Ameracauna hatching eggs and chicks are Split for Lavender, resulting in 50% Lavender offspring and 50% Black Split for Lavender offspring.

Black Ameracauna have beautiful black plumage with a striking lustrous green sheen. Our flock is curious and friendly from hatch through maturity when handled occasionally.

 

While egg color is not currently a measure for the standard our Black Split hens lay a beautiful range of blue eggs through their laying cycle. The color is most saturated after a break in laying.

Ameracaunas are a standard breed accepted by the American Poultry Associated with a breed standard and clubs who work to perfect this breed. We are proud to be part of the Ameracauna Breeders Club and new show exhibitors of this breed. We encourage you to visit the breeders club website if you're interested in learning more about the different color varieties and breed history.

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Blue, Black & Splash Laced Red Wyandotte

Plumage Color: Blue, Black or Splash Laced Red

Egg Color & Size: Peach-Terracotta with medium to heavy bloom, M-L

Egg Production: 210 per year

We currently breed Blue x Blue and Blue x Splash, resulting in potential  Blue, Black or Splash Laced offspring from hatching egg orders.

Wyandottes are a heritage breed, excellent egg layers and hefty birds, with hens reaching near 8lbs at maturity and cocks 10+lbs. They're an excellent dual purpose addition to any flock or homestead. 

While practical, laced Wyandottes have a beauty unmatched by most breeds. Their laced feathers are striking, making them stand out among others in the flock. They have inquisitive though sometimes standoffish personalities.

 

Jaclyn has a love of this breed and currently Blue Laced Red Wyandottes are not an accepted variety of the Wyandotte breed. Our farm is part of a group moving this variety towards qualifying as an accepted variety by breeding to a proposed standard. Our current goals are improving the body type, feather lacing, head shape and deepening the base red color to the proposed Rhode Island Red Mahogany. We are well on our way! Part of variety acceptance involves showing our birds regularly for APA judge feedback and to bring awareness to the variety, which you are a part of!

Breed History:

The Wyandotte breed is named for a Native American tribe in New York State.  It is one of the original American breeds developed in the 1800's along with the Dominiques, Plymouth Rocks, and Rhode Island Reds.  The original Wyandotte was the Silver Laced variety developed in New York in 1865 and accepted in the APA Standard in 1883. - Source: Wyandotte Breeders Club (inactive)

These are general flock photos, updated breeder photos coming soon. 
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