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, March 28, 2015

Spring is the Time for Change

Hello, and welcome to Red Wicket Farm! We've spent this winter huddled inside, and the chickens have, too. But the snow has melted, spring is springing, and it's time to come out of hiding.

If you've visited us before, then you know that until last summer we had a nice flock of egg layers and sold eggs to a local grocery store. We also had a small group of purebred chickens, and sold hatching eggs, chicks, and started birds a few times a year. After a great deal of soul-searching, we made the decision to sell all but a handful of our best birds and concentrate on breeding chickens to the American Poultry Association (APA) standard rather than focusing on egg production. The reason this was such a hard decision for us is that we still believe that buying local eggs from pastured hens is a very important, small step that is good for you and good for the birds. I hope those of you who are missing our eggs have found another local farm to meet your needs.

Poor Butch, the hens have been over-enthusiastic--they
preened his beard right off his face!
While we are sorry to see the layers go, we are very excited to welcome our new additions! We have decided to concentrate only on my favorite breed, the Ameraucana. I simply love Ameraucanas. I love their silly bearded faces, their bright eyes, and their gorgeous blue eggs. While Ameraucanas come in many colors, my very favorite are black Ameraucanas. With their characteristic bright green sheen, they are gorgeous in the pasture. I also love blue Ameraucanas, and one of the birds I kept was Butch, a blue Ameraucana rooster. However, since the color blue does not breed true in chickens, I bought some lavender chicks instead. Lavender is similar to blue, but the color breeds true (although it's not a color recognized by the APA).

An annoyed lavender chickie
The babies were delivered just this week. I'm looking forward to watching them grow up and breeding the best of the best. We'll have hatching eggs for sale late fall. It's a long wait, but in the meantime we still have Trouble, our Black Copper Marans cock, and his three ladies. We'll have a small number of Black Copper Marans hatching eggs, and an even smaller number of Blue Coppers available in a month or so. We'll also have some Easter Eggers, with Butch the Blue Ameraucana as the father. Finally, we have a limited number of eggs for sale for eating--brown eggs this summer, and blue eggs late this fall as the Ameraucana babies start to lay.

Thank you for staying with us through all these changes! We appreciate it!