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.
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.
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