Chickens and Eggs
Besides garlic, we also love chickens here at Bulbs of Fire. In a way they are actually a great match. When composted, the chicken manure is one of garlic's favourite fertilizers. Chickens were our first step into farm life. Yes, the chicken came first! Now you know :-).
On our farm we focus on two very special dual purpose breeds: French Black Copper Marans and the Belgian giant Coucou de Malines (Also known as Mechels or Cuckoo Malines).
And then there is our egg fetish. We have numerous other breeds that help us create the ultimate multi-colored egg basket. Our free range laying flock consists of Leghorn for white eggs, Malines for cream colored eggs, Ameraucana for blue/green eggs, Rhode Island Reds for regular brown eggs, Black Copper Marans for very dark brown eggs.
Our multi-colored eggs are $5 per dozen. Availability is year round, pick up only.
We kindly ask to bring/return used egg cartons. Somehow, there is never enough of them around.
We offer hatching eggs and day old chicks from our Black Copper Marans and Malines Fowl (Mechels/Mechelse Koekoek/ Coucou de Malines).Hatching eggs are also available from breeding Ameraucana hens to Black Copper Marans roosters creating so called olive eggers. Olive eggers are hens that lay very dark green eggs resembling the color of green olives.
Pricing chicks and hatching eggs 2017:
Hatching eggs Black Copper Marans are $60/dozen
Hatching eggs Malines Fowl are $60/dozen
Day old chicks are $12.50 each (unsexed, straight run)
Hatching results: Eggs are properly handled, stored at a cool temperature and turned twice a day to maximize hatching results. Our hatching eggs are always fresh. We cannot guarantee any hatching results however, since there are far too many factors affecting a good hatch once we hand over our eggs.
Black Copper Marans
This ancient French breed is primarily known for their chocolate colored dark brown eggs. And yes, these eggs are absolutely stunning. The French call the Marans the chicken with the golden eggs. But in all fairness, the birds themselves match the beauty of their eggs easily.
With their shining black feathers, their copper necks, feathered legs and beamingly colorful roosters, they are eye candy to every poultry enthusiast. Their temperaments are docile and friendly.
The Marans come from France, named after the town Marans in the maritime La rochelle region. The breed was officially recognized in 1931 and classified as a dual purpose chicken. The bloodline bred on our farm comes from North Western Europe.
The marans egg is very special. Somehow the birds are able to spray paint their eggs dark brown. On top of the eye catching paint job, the eggs have thicker shells than most other chickens produce. The large dark yellow/orange yolks are another common trait of the marans eggs.
Coucou de Malines
Coucou de Malines also know as Mechels (Mechelse Koekoek (in Dutch/Flemish)) or Malines fowl, originates in Belgium. It was developed from local fowl near the Mechelen region (Malines in French) and chicken breeds like Cochin, Brahma and Langshan. Malines are very large. Hens average at about 9-10 lbs, roosters 11-13lbs.
The Malines once was the world's most famous meat bird, widely bred in Europe and also available in North America. But faster growing birds took their spot and they were mostly bred for show purposes during the last century.
In North Western Europe however, they are making a tremendous comeback since the late nineties because of the growing adversity against the too rapidly growing meat birds. Malines meat is now a sheer delicacy served only in specialised restaurants.
A few years ago on a poultry swab I stumbled upon this breed. I was so impressed and bought two trio's on the spot and started to develop these guys. Now I have beautiful and sustainable flock that is healthy, lays well and an absolute joy to be around. Our seven year old daughter has been hand feeding some of them since she could walk. They are the perfect gentle giants.