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red sex-link

This Is Our Most Productive And Efficient Breed And Is Available As
Ready-To-Lay (RTL Are 18-20
Weeks Old) and As Day-Old Chicks

Red Sex-Link

The Red Sex-Link is a top performing brown/red hybrid. Of all our brown egg layers, this is the lightest (about 3½ lbs. at 18 weeks and about 4½ to 5 lbs. after a year of laying), and the best feed converter, meaning it will cost you less to feed.

Most brown egg layer pullets will consume 9-10 kgs of feed by the onset of egg production. The Red Sex-Link will consume 7-8 kgs depending on when they start laying.

Egg production at 72 weeks can reach 305 to 315 eggs. Red Sex-Link birds have done well in large free-range trials in the U.K. Females are reddish-brown in colour with white underfeathers. Males are mostly white and some may have a few brown markings on the feathers.

Barred Plymouth Rock

Barred Plymouth Rock

This veteran of all the brown egg breeds is still available in quantity. For many years, they were almost extinct, as many poultry growers were carried away with the new crossbreeds. Every superior breed will prove its worth in the end, and these have made a comeback mainly because of their good meat qualities, combined with good brown egg production. People in the fly-tying business say that the Barred Plymouth Rock males carry the best “cape feathers” for that type of use. Both females and males are grey barred in colour, with the female being a bit darker. Females weigh approximately 4 lbs. at 19 weeks and 5-6 lbs. at end of lay. Males are 1-1½ lbs. heavier than females.

Black Sex-Link

Black Sex-Link

This layer is one of the top egg producers of large brown eggs, and performs well in all types of conditions. The females are black with a tinge of red on the neck and breast. Female live weight is approximately 4 lbs. at 19 weeks, 5 lbs. at 30 weeks, and 5½+ lbs. at end of lay. Males are a dark barred colour, similar to Barred Rocks, and weigh approximately 1½ lbs. heavier than females. This bird’s black colour tends to absorb light, so we recommend brighter or more intense lighting for top egg production.

Columbian Rock X Red

Columbian Rock X

This proven crossbreed has been with us for over 40 years, and today bears the distinction of being one of the hardiest breeds to be found. These birds have a beautiful colour pattern. They are a good producer of quality brown eggs, a very quiet and docile bird in the laying pen, and good for the yard. Heavier than hybrids, live weight will be approximately 4 lbs. at 19 weeks and close to 6 lbs. at end of lay for females. Males are approximately 1½ lbs. heavier.

Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island Red

This popular breed is used in most crossbred varieties available today. Its bloodlines flow in most brown egg breeds throughout the world. Rhode Island Reds are a good producer of large brown eggs, and are quiet and easy to handle. Both male and female are dark red/brown in colour. Live weights are comparable to other dual purpose breeds.

NOTE: Barred Plymouth Rocks and Rhode Island Reds are more difficult to sex at day old, so only 90% accuracy is guaranteed on sexing (no sexing guarantees on orders under 30). If no males are desired, we suggest selecting other breeds



(Available as day-old only)

Rhodebars are red with white barring which tends to be subtle in females but on full display in the males and there may be some black markings. These chicks are autosexable which means that they can be sexed at dayold.

Females weigh approximately 4 lbs. at 19 weeks and 5-6 lbs. at end of lay. Males are 1-1½ lbs. heavier than females.

The Rhodebar will lay approximately 250 eggs per year.

Please note that the figures above are based on trials recorded but your results may differ depending on individual circumstances.


Buff Orpington 

(Available as ready-to-lay only)

One of the best breeds for newcomers to chickens, and for families with young children. Orpingtons come in several feather colors but all are big quiet birds with fluffy feathers that keep them toasty warm during frigid weather. Buff Orpingtons are the most common color and lay about 220 brown eggs a year. Females weigh 7 lbs. while the males are 8.5 lbs.


Lavender Orpington

(Available as ready-to-lay only)

One of the best breeds for newcomers to chickens, and for families with young children. Named for the English town where they were developed, Orpingtons come in several feather colors but all are big quiet birds with fluffy feathers that keep them toasty warm during frigid weather. They lay about 220 brown eggs per year.  Females are 7 lbs. while the males are 8.5 lbs.


Silver Laced Wyandotte

(Available as ready-to-lay only)

These lacy girls aren’t all show with their elegantly patterned feathers. They are also great egg layers. Wyandottes are one of the most strikingly beautiful chickens to grace a backyard flock. They are quiet, easy to manage and one of the most winter hardy of all breeds. The Wyandottes lay about 245 eggs per year.  Mature weight for females is 5 lbs. while the males are 7 lbs.


Majesty Maran

(Available as ready-to-lay females only)

The Midnight Majesty Maran has black plumage and most hatch with feathered feet, but some do not. Deep browns show up through their down feathering underneath, making them a mix of beautiful dark brown and black plumage. This breed will lay dark brown eggs and will lay about 250 per year. You will truly enjoy this breed in your backyard flock and its dark eggs in your egg carton! These hybrids perform well in many different climates. The females are 6 lbs. 




(Available as day-old only)

This bird gets its name for strong livability and good weight gain. The SASSO Irona is the heaviest of these four breeds and presents dark grey feathers. The female average bodyweight is 3.640 kg at 75 weeks and male average bodyweight is 2.564 kg at 12 weeks. This bird delivers excellent meat quality as well as produces feather-sexable chicks. In addition to its weight advantages, the Irona also lays 286 large, light brown eggs at 75 weeks, making it a great option for dual-purpose production. This coloured layer is highly adaptable and easy to manage in all production systems.



(Available as day-old only)

The SASSO Ciara features rich, dark feathers that are truly unique in the industry. It is a strong, hearty bird that can thrive in backyard and free-range farms. Each chick produced from the Ciara can be sex identified using their feathering. The Ciara layer is a strong performer for either egg or meat production so you can get the most value at the end of the season. They will produce 297 large, light brown eggs at 75 weeks. The female average bodyweight is 2.934 kg at 75 weeks while the male is 2.199 kg at 12 weeks.

Young brown hen isolated on white background.


(Available as day-old only)

The SASSO Scarlet features striking, red feathers and lays beautiful light brown eggs. By raising this rustic bird, you also benefit from good performance in both eggs and meat. The Scarlet males can be raised for the broiler market, with a bodyweight of 2.250 kg at 12 weeks, which results in excellent meat quality. Another advantage is that the feathering can be used to identify the sex of the day-old chicks. The Scarlet laying hen has been specially selected to perform and be easy to manage in more challenging environments such as free range and backyard systems. The female will lay 305 large eggs and weighs 2.934 kg at 75 weeks.



(Available as day-old only)

The SASSO Ivory is a highly productive layer perfectly blended with traditional characteristics. It delivers the most eggs of our coloured layers with 350 large, light brown eggs at 75 weeks and weighs 2.012 kg. For added practicality, day-old chicks hatched from the Ivory are feather-sexable. If you are looking for a highly adaptable and productive layer, the Ivory may be the right fit for your operations. Males in this breed weigh 1.967 kg at 12 weeks.



Leghorn (White Eggs)

(Available as day-old only)

For customers who want white eggs, Leghorns will peak at 90%+ production and lay approximately 300+ eggs over a 12-month period. They will do this with a minimum of feed, and will weigh approximately 4 lbs. at end of lay. Leghorns are not as hardy and are more nervous and flighty than brown egg breeds.


Azure Blue (Blue Eggs)

(Available as females only)

Bred for its unique blue egg shell colour, shell strength and unique plumage, the Azure Blue is a robust and friendly bird. They are ideal for small scale and back yard egg producers, producing attractive and good quality eggs. The Azure Blue will lay about 295 eggs per year.  Females weigh about 4 lbs.

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Noirans (Dark Brown Eggs)

(Available as day-old females only)

The Noirans breed is linked to the history of the Marans birds. The Marans have been crossed with heavier breeds to form the Noirans. The Noirans have black copper coloured feathers and adapt well to all systems. They lay a large dark brown egg that has good internal egg quality. The Noirans will lay approximately 295 eggs a year and weigh 2.224 kg. These will be available as females in day olds only.



Fast Growth – White Rock Cornish x

These extra heavy meat-type birds are bred for meat only. Their strength is in their efficient conversion of feed into meat. If purchased as non-sexed, the fighting of the males is reduced. Females will substitute well for capons. Cornish Game Hens are produced by growing females of this breed to 2 lbs. live weight (approximately 4-5 weeks). White Rocks are typically grown for 8-10 weeks, more or less if larger or smaller birds are desired. We will guarantee delivery of 100% live, healthy chicks, but we cannot accept responsibility beyond that point.


Alternative Growth – Rustic Ranger

This is our heaviest coloured broiler.  The Rustic Rangers are a perfect compromise between rusticity, feed conversion rate and yield.  They are a great pasture bird and excellent forager.  If you are looking for a pasture bird this is the breed for you. They produce a table bird in just 12 weeks.

Chicken-Heavy Dual Purpose

Slow Growth – Frey’s Special Dual Purpose

This breed is a combination of some of the heaviest dual purpose breeds still in existence. It was developed for those who want a hardy, healthy chicken with firm and flavourful meat. Mortality is very low in this breed, and weak legs and heart attacks are almost unheard of.

The females are a rusty red in colour and are generally quiet, but they are not recommended for growers wanting high egg production. The females will grow to approximately 5-6 lbs. live weight at about 15 weeks. As females approach maturity (15–20 weeks), they tend to put on fat, so if larger-size females are desired, we suggest a diet lower in protein and energy. Females between 10-14 weeks old are a favourite of the Asian community.

The males are white and may have dark markings on their backs. Males will be 7 to 8 lbs. live weight at 15 weeks.

These birds can take up to 13 kgs of feed to reach 15 weeks old.

As males mature they can have a tendency to fight and so keeping the ratio of males to females at 1 to 10 or lower will help. If you raise only males and want to keep them to an older age you can try darkening the pen and beak trimming.


Looking for colour variety in your backyard layer flock? This option will give you an attractive assortment of brown egg layers. You will receive a mix of brown, yellow and black chicks – most likely 3 different breeds. Since several of our brown-egg breeds look very similar, this is a more economical option than ordering a few of each breed and paying the top price for each.


We choose the breed – YOU SAVE! (for Day-Olds Only)

If you want a brown egg layer but aren’t fussy about the breed, Hatch Day Choice is for you. You will receive top-quality chicks at a discounted price when you allow us to fill your order with whatever breed(s) we have the most of on delivery date. Normally you receive a single breed. This is a win-win deal for everyone!

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