Columbian Blacktail Hen

£15.00

Columbian Blacktails are a hybrid derived from the Rhode Island Red (cock) and Light Sussex (hen) breeds. This is probably the most popular cross for small scale amateur breeders because both Rhode Island Reds and Light Sussex pure breed hens are common breeds, and because the resulting chicks are sex linked. This means that the sex of the chick can be identified as soon as they hatch. The cocks will be yellow and the hens brown. Small scale breeders will often use pure breed utility stock to produce their blacktails, but hens from the Poultry Paddock are derived from carefully selected parent stock to ensure the resulting hen has all the qualities required for less intensive free range systems and as garden birds. They will be good layers, less inclined to go broody and lay quality eggs for a good few years.

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Columbian Blacktails

Columbian Blacktails are a hybrid derived from the Rhode Island Red (cock) and Light Sussex (hen) breeds. This is probably the most popular cross for small scale amateur breeders because both Rhode Island Reds and Light Sussex pure breed hens are common breeds, and because the resulting chicks are sex linked. This means that the sex of the chick can be identified as soon as they hatch. The cocks will be yellow and the hens brown. Small scale breeders will often use pure breed utility stock to produce their blacktails, but hens from the Poultry Paddock are derived from carefully selected parent stock to ensure the resulting hen has all the qualities required for less intensive free range systems and as garden birds. They will be good layers, less inclined to go broody and lay quality eggs for a good few years.

They lay a large light brown egg.

The Columbian Blacktail are becoming a popular choice for commercial egg producers because it has proven itself to be a better performer than the “battery” type commercial hens when used in the less intensive free range and organic laying systems that are now demanded by more discerning consumers. The Waitrose supermarket uses Blacktails for its premium brand of free range eggs and it makes a big deal of this in its promotional material (read more here: http://www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/about_waitrose/about_our_food/eggs.html)

Blacktails are also know as Columbian Blacktails (The Columbian reference comes from the darker feathering that they sometimes have around their necks). They are also sold as  British Blacktails, Gingernut Rangers, Red Rangers or Calder Rangers. Some of our customers insist on calling them Ginger Whingers, but only because it rhymes, they don’t complain any more than other hens.

Blacktails lay a brown medium to large egg (63 grams average) and they start to lay at around 21 weeks old. In carefully managed conditions they can lay 280 – 300 eggs per year. Compared to other Hybrids they are a medium weight bird typically reaching about 2.2kg by 72 weeks.

 

 

 

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Weight 400 kg
Size

1 ltr, 5 ltr

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