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Our chickens have been selected over the last 16yrs to be good foragers and definitely good survivors as chicks are raised free-ranging with hens in our Ozark woods. I have always selected eggs to hatch based on both color saturation and size/shape, so I feel like we have an important production line within the Ameraucana breed. Weve had great success shipping hatching eggs, with satisfied clients from Maine to Alaska, but let me forewarn you that the hatched chicks will be stained yellow from the foraging diet of the hens. Keep in mind, if you purchase hatching eggs from us, that our birds are grazers so I recommend that you make some type of grazing available: cereal rye (comes up fast and stays soft), VNS clover (likes heat), radishes, arugula... even just a well watered, organic lawn will do. Many who have raised our chicks alongside other chicks are amazed at the difference in the color of the yolk when they lay (which comes from the carotenoid form herbage they eat). While everyone, who has bothered to respond to my inquires, tells me that my lines do well in cages too, you will be amazed at the difference in production with grazing, and just wait 'till you taste them you can set your price at the farmers market. Here is some important information about the superior nutrition of eggs from grazing hens: http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

We had a disastrous year last year with a loss of over 30% of the flock. Two flash floods took out all my chicks and some adults in the late spring and a 3 month drought right after brought all predators around to harass us every daylight hour. Ive heard of other people loosing 90% or everything, so perhaps these birds really are survivors.

This year, one flock has exceptional Blue roosters (Ranger Bobs) and blue & splash hens, all F2s from outcrossing to outside lines. This pen is producing outstanding blue feathering and excellent layers. They have a tick or too less-blue egg, not that you would notice unless you put right next to the very best, but every chick that survived has been a keeper and this flock fared the best with few losses of adults.

The second pen had more trouble, loosing most all the young stock. This pen is producing fabulous blue colored eggs and better feather quality (the greenest blacks Ive seen), not to mention the hens have such pretty faces, but I had a recessive straight comb show up on test breeding and no time to test my young replacement so I will not guarantee that this pen does not carry the recessive straight comb until late fall when I can afford to pull out the rooster and test him or replace him with a known clean bird. Chances are low but I want to fair.

The mottled project took the worst hit with the loss of all homozygous mottle roosters and all but 5 homozygous mottle hens. Im waiting on some roosters from Joseph Woodiel and have arranged to ship all available hatching eggs to helping breeders to get the back on track. If you are interested in helping repopulate the project, please let me know but be aware that you may be getting a low percentage of homozygotes and be prepared to commit to a couple of years. Luckily, the quality of the hens is good and they like their new, better protected home. Contact me directly to discuss custom hatching or to talk genetics rose@masoncreekfarm.com
Diablo
The best black I have ever raised; probably a Marcus son. He average sized with marked intelligence and perfect pea comb & green sheen. He's busy with the black and blue hens and seems to have a good relationship with Chebo so we should get good fertility ratio out of this bunch.
Hatching eggs
Hatching eggs: $17.5/1dz,$15ea/2dz,$12.5ea/3dz + shipping, in 3 varieties: blue/black/splash, mottle, sexlink easter-eggers. Custom hatched chicks are available for pick-up at the farm $5/ea
Mottle Rooster "Trailer"
He's with a handful of old gals and 100% fertile.
Percy
Solid Shanked rooster! Lightly mottled
Reverend AL
Probably a Marcus son,He has maybe the smallest comb I've ever had. I've kept two blue sons: full bodied, very good eye color, shank color & temperament and no red leakage.
Suddenly Seymore
I'm pretty sure this is a Springfield line roo out of Trebbert, but can't be certain. He's a keeper, regardless,as he has such a beautiful comb. His eyes need work but has he good shape, is medium sized, and has lots of color and its spread evenly over his body. VERY nice temperament which is passing on to sons along with even mottle pattern.
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