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How Bees Make Honey

A Chicken is Born

A Haircut for Sheep

A Baby Horse is Born

A Baby Goat is Born

Lassie Saves a Lamb

Quaker Hill Farm
Harrisville, Michigan
Buff Orpington Chickens, Michigan
Buff Orpington Chickens
We do not have chickens for sale at this time

Free Range Brown Eggs - Farm Pick-up $2.50 per dozen

We raise Buff Orpingtons chickens for our egg flock. They are gentle birds that make good mothers and are very friendly and personable. Their docile nature also makes them easy to keep in confinement. We know them to be easy keepers that forage extremely well on pasture. Unlike "modern" commercial egg producers, we prefer to raise traditional breed chickens vs. hybrid "modern" breeds.

Orpington chickens have a pleasant personality and are non-aggressive. They are hardy, productive dual purpose chickens that lay medium to large brown eggs and dress out nicely as roasters. They are also naturally broody and exceptional mothers. They are heavily but loosely feathered which makes them appear massive. Their feathering allows them to endure cold temperatures, especially our bitter Michigan winters, better than some other breeds and they lay well year around.

Buff Orpingtons, Michigan Orpingtons were developed in England at the town of Orpington in County Kent during the 1880s. They were brought to America in the 1890s and gained popularity very rapidly because of their excellence as a meat bird and layer. As the commercial broiler and roaster market developed, Orpingtons lost out partly because of their white skin.

Although a popular breed of chicken for the homestead, Orpingtons are still on the recovery list of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. We think it is important to continue to contribute efforts towards their preservation.

Pastured Eggs Buff Orpingtons, Michigan
Experience for yourself the difference grass makes in egg quality and nutrition. Whites are not runny and sloppy, yolks are firm and a rich marigold color, even the shells are thick and hard. And taste? Absolutely delicious, a rich flavor simply unrivaled by store bought eggs. Eggs produced by pasture grazed hens have less fat and far less cholesterol, more Omega-3 fatty acids (vital for optimal heart and brain function), and a very high level of beta-carotene (a form of vitamin A). Our chickens are not fed chemicals or hormones; they simply live as nature intended enjoying a fresh, natural, free range diet. We encocurage you to raise your own small chicken flock so you and your family can enjoy the nutritious advantage of home grown eggs!

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Homestead Chicken Flock
Homestead self sufficiency and security starts with a small flock of chickens which allows you to produce and enjoy fresh eggs daily. Raising a homestead chicken flock takes a minimum amount of space and time. The eggs they produce are economical and more nutritious than the eggs you purchase in the store, especially if your hens are allowed to free-range.

We recommend a starter flock of 4 - 6 laying hens. This will provide you with approximately 3 - 5 eggs per day. If you have never raised chickens before, consider taking one of our custom day classes,
Homesteading 101 where we will teach you important information about the basics of raising laying chickens so you can confidently own a homestead flock of your very own.

To see a chicken hatching from an egg, visit Quaker Anne's Children's Story:
A Chicken is Born

"The Lord bless thee and keep thee...."
- Numbers 6:24
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