Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Ameraucanas and Black Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection, as well as some Olive Eggers just for fun.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Black Ameraucanas, Black Copper Marans, and Olive Eggers


We have a very nice flock of Black Ameraucanas this year. The birds themselves are among the sweetest chickens I've ever raised.

This year's batch hatched on March 15, 2016. I will have started birds available beginning September 2016.

Black and Blue Copper Marans

After a bad predator attack, I was lucky to get even a few eggs into the incubator this summer. We hatched one dozen on June 29, 2016. Because I have so few, I cannot offer females for sale at this time. A few cockerels will be available in September.

I do have one two year old hen and one two year old rooster for sale. $10 for the pair.

For the future: I was able to pick up three absolutely gorgeous Blue Copper Marans cockerels this summer. We'll start hatching their offspring in Spring 2017. I'm excited to bring the blue copper color back to the flock. It's my favorite. :)

Olive Eggers

Olive Eggers are not a breed, but a planned cross. They are a cross between a bird that carries the blue egg gene with a dark brown egg layer, resulting in a bird that lays a distinctive olive green egg. Our Ameraucanas and Black Copper Marans are perfect for making olive eggers! All of our Olive Eggers will come out black, will have modified pea combs, will most likely have lightly feathered legs, and may or may not have copper markings on their necks.

We have about a dozen Olive Eggers, both male and female, hatched May 25, 2016. All are for sale, males $5 each and females $8 each.

Hatching Eggs

We always have hatching eggs, but the breeds vary. This time of year all of the adult birds are mixed into one flock, so the hatching eggs are a grab bag. Some may be purebred black Ameraucana, some may be purebred Black Copper Marans, and some may be Olive Eggers. While I can't guarantee breed, you can get a flock of nice birds at a nice price since I only keep the two breeds. Summer Flock hatching eggs $12/dozen.

Looking for purebred hatching eggs? Every spring I separate the flocks into breeding pens and isolate the hens for three weeks before introducing the appropriate breed rooster. After that three week break to ensure breed purity, purebred Black Ameraucana and Black Copper and Blue Copper Marans hatching eggs will be available.

I do need advance notice if you'd like to buy hatching eggs, since I need to know to keep your eggs unwashed and out of the refrigerator, and I gather eggs for hatching more often in hot weather to increase viability.