Polish- Polish chickens have a beautiful crest of feathers and a small v-shaped comb. Sometimes they are called top hat chickens. There are bearded and non-bearded varieties and several different colors. Polish can have frizzle or smooth feathers. They lay a medium sized white eggs. I love all the different color varieties and at one point I think I had them all, lol. I have narrowed my flock down to my favorites: Silver laced and Tolbunt. We have smooth and frizzle feathered Polish in both varieties.
Bantam Cochin- Bantam Cochins are friendly balls of feathers. They are a feather legged ornamental bantam breed. Bantam Cochins have sweet personalities and fantastic mothering qualities. Cochins are fair egg layers producing 2-4 medium brown eggs a week. There are several varieties of this breed. We currently have black, self blue(lavendar) and Mille Fleur bantam Cochins. These birds are easily handled and great for 4H!
Silkies- Silkies are another bantam breed. These friendly calm birds were named for their unusually soft, fluffy, silky plumage. Silkies have several other unusual qualities, such as black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot. They are often exhibited in poultry shows, and appear in various colors. Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. It is among the most docile of poultry. Hens are also exceptionally broody, and care for young well. Though they are fair layers themselves, laying only about three eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species due to their broody nature. Silkie chickens are very easy to keep as pets.
Satins- Formerly known as sizzles, satins are a cross between a Silkie and a bantam cochin. These birds gain the wide range of colors from a bantam cochin but still have a crest of feathers and a beard like a silkie. We have just started playing with this breed and really like our satin babies!
Pigeons- We added Pigeons to our farm in the fall of 2014. I love the sounds they make, am fascinated at the pairing relationship between the birds and our children plan to show them in 4H. We have Russian Tumblers which have fancy feathered feet and rosettes on the heads.