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Whiting True Blue Chicken
Country of Origin: United States
Primary Use: eggs and feathers for fly fishing, crafts
Bird Size: 5.5-7.0
Egg Production: excellent
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: blue
Comb Type: pea and straight
Hardiness: heat and cold tolerant
Temperament: can be indifferent temperament varies, excels at free-ranging and can be confined.
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Want a chicken that lays like a Leghorn but produces a blue egg? Well check out the Whiting True Blue. Wonderful prolific and consistent layers of large blue eggs, they are named after Dr. Tom Whiting a poultry geneticist who developed the breed. He developed the breed for the fly-fishing industry. Their feathers are beautiful.
They generally begin laying a little earlier around 5 months of age. Their feed to egg conversion is amazing! Lower feed costs, beautiful colored eggs, consistent layers, great foragers. They are active chickens, with typically friendly, non-aggressive temperament.
We currently have black, yellow and white color combinations with flecks of gold. They can come in a wide spectrum of feather patterns including solid blue, black, black breasted red, and many of their variants. There is no breed standard for this bird. They can generally have yellow legs, and a pea comb, but a single comb shows up occasionally due to the Leghorn genetics. This chicken is not a rare or heritage breed but a breed we feel is worth investing in. Our blue egg sometimes tends to go to the green side so sometimes a blue-green. We are on the second generation of our breeding program and integrating different colorations. Their feathers are wonderful for crafting and fly-fishing! This is a very hardy bird and an excellent layer. All our birds are Non-GMO and vaccinated for Marek’s Disease.
Feed Recommendations: we recommend starting baby chicks out with Sugar Feather Farm chick starter for the first 3 weeks, then switch to our Chicken Grower. Use the Grower Feed until they hit maturation (which is when they start to lay) then switch to Sugar Feather Farm Adult Feed.
We highly recommend using the Oil of Oregano in their water daily as a supplement to aid with digestion and overall health.
These chickens were created by Tom Whiting of Whiting Farms in Delta, Colorado. They were developed over more than a decade of breeding by crossing Ameraucana chickens with commercial lines of white Leghorns. Tom Whiting is a poultry geneticist that received his Ph.D. in Poultry Genetics from the University of Arkansas. Since that time he has been the leading producer of fly tying feathers, developing the best quality feathers available on the market. Now he has set to develop new, improved lines of the popular breeds, along with developing new breeds and crosses to fill new niches and markets. Some of them are the Whiting True Blue, Whiting Green, and the Welsummer Cross.
Pre-ordered adults and hatchlings may be picked up by appointment. To safeguard our birds from exposure to disease brought in by visitors, in accordance with the provisions of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, areas where birds are kept are off limits. However you are welcome to look at all the breeds and interactions, it is a site to see.