I got my birthday present early this year! This arrived in the mail for me today:
This is absolutely a new venture for me, order eggs in the mail. But, the small, family-run hatchery Briarwood Poultry on Vancouver Island comes highly recommended, and specializes in the 2 breeds I want to add to my flock: Marans and Ameraucanas. I already have 5 ameraucana hens and HAD one rooster, my dear Jagger, but I traded Jagger for some other hatching eggs (more on this later), as he was the brother to my hens and I didn't want to inbreed my birds more than they (probably) already had been. So. Briarwood has beautiful Wheaton and Blue Wheaton Ameraucanas which I think will pair beautifully with my blue hens.
The Marans? Well, they seem a little hard to get, and lay a gorgeous dark brown egg, as you can see by the photo:
My thinking is two-fold. Maybe I breed these Marans next year and make a little extra cash from the eggs or chicks. And, I want a rainbow of eggs to sell: