Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Whowhatwherewhy: Hen Suggestions

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Whowhatwherewhy: Hen Suggestions

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Hens come in all different sizes, colors and breeds. Some even lay colored eggs! Here are a few to get prospective chicken-raisers started:

* Araucanas/Americanas aka the "Easter Egger": This breed, which lays blue and green eggs, is Martha Stewart's favorite. These small- to-medium hardy birds come in a variety of shades. $3-$4 per chick.

* Silkies: Small Bantams that almost look like they have fur instead of feathers. They're known to be extremely sweet. $3-$4 per chick.

* Appenzeller Spithauben: It is the national breed of Switzerland, noted for its v-shaped comb. They are well-adapted to life in the mountains and want to roam freely throughout the day. $4.25 per chick.

* Blue or Black Copper Maran: A French breed, lays very dark, "chocolate" brown eggs. Marans are also known to be calm and hardy. $4-$20 per chick.

* Black Sumatra: These are not the best layers, but they are good- looking, with a long swooping tail and glimmering coat. Cold hardy but can "become quiet and clingy in winter. …

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