Acre 22 Poultry

Acre 22 is dedicated to promoting and preserving backyard poultry. Free ranged and hand-raised for your enjoyment.
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Welcome! to Acre 22

My name is Mitzi Young, I am a graduate of a Recreation and Leisure program. I work as an Adjuvant at a Peterborough nursing home where I provide various therapeutic programs such as yes, a chicken coop and hatching eggs.
I am the first person in history to erect a coop on a long term care homes property for residents enjoyment.
I am a poultry enthusiast who raises rare, hard to find breeds for all my customers to enjoy for years to come.
 
Need help with raising your own flock?
Dont know where to start? Acre 22 provides materials, phone calls and farm visits to teach you the basics of raising a happy flock in your own backyard.
Feel free to contact me for further information.

Lavender Orpingtons

Written By Mitzi Young 
You've been waiting for Lavender Orpington’s, and they're finally here!  Breeding in 2016, Acre 22 is proud to be only breeder of these beautiful birds in the area.
 
The lavender or "self blue" color is rare and highly prized in the world of chickens, and I have carefully selected my breeding stock. Unlike blue, lavender is a color that does breed true. From both Canadian and American bloodlines. They are a large, loosely-feathered bird with an upright stance and a medium-sized single comb. Orpington’s are adored for their good nature and willingness to be handled. Our "Clarence" is the friendliest bird in our whole flock and he tolerates endless carrying around by anyone.
 
Orpington’s were originally developed in England during the 1880s. They were brought to America in the 1890s and gained popularity very rapidly, based on their excellence as a meat bird. As the commercial broiler and roaster market developed, the Orpington’s began looking less like their English forefathers. Now, there are significant differences between "American" Orpington’s and true English Orpington’s, most notably the comparison of their head to body sizes.  And yes, Acre 22 have obtained the prized English Orpington.

They are at home on free range or in relatively confined situations and are docile. Hens lay light brown eggs, exhibit some broodiness and generally make good mothers. Chicks are not very aggressive.

 
For the cross breeding, it works like this:

lavender X lavender = 100% lavender
lav X black = 100% black carrying the lav gene
black carrying lav X black carrying lav (visually black birds) = 50% black carrying lavender, 25% lavender and 25% straight black
lav X black carrying lav = 50% lav and 50% black carrying lav
 
I will be experimenting with Lav Rooster.. Clarence with two buff orpingtons to see the coloring. :)
 
 

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It was said that at one time Orpingtons were capable of laying as many as 340[3] eggs per year. This decline in production was due to breeders selecting for looks over utility
Orpingtons can lay upto 20 dozen of eggs a year?
Lavenders start their first molt at 18 months of age slowing her egg production