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Modern Games are a breed of poultry that were developed following the outlaw of cock fighting in Great Britain in 1849. They were developed from the Old English breed and have a unique, upright posture that distinguishes them from other chickens. They are used mainly for exhibition purposes and make wonderful birds for both children and adults to show and raise. Out of all the breeds of poultry, many people find the Modern Game to be the most entertaining and rewarding of the lot. They have a very friendly, spunky personality that has won the hearts of many, and their long legs make them fun to watch. Modern Games were featured in the first Standard of Perfection in 1874 and have since dominated the shows, residing in the top 10 most popular exhibition breeds.
The Minorca chicken takes its name for the Island of Minorca, off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, where it once could be found in large numbers. Spanish tradition relays that the breed came to Spain from Africa, with the Moors. In fact, it was sometimes referred to as the “Moorish fowl.” Minorca chickens are the largest of the Mediterranean class. They are non-sitters, excellent layers of large white eggs, and are very hardy and rugged birds. The breed has proven excellent on all soil types and adapts readily to range or confinement. In America, the breed made a name for itself due to its great egg laying ability combined with its hardiness and proclivity to excel on range.
The Minorca chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm. We have both Black and Buff varieties.
The Marans is a breed of chicken that originated in the mid 1800′s in the French town for which it bears its name, Marans. It is a medium breed, popular for poultry shows and is a dual purpose fowl known both for its extremely dark eggs as well as for its very fine meat qualities. They had made their way to England in the early 1900′s and quickly became very popular for their very dark (chocolate) brown eggs – a trait they are still known for today. These beautiful birds were first exhibited in 1929 in Paris by the Poultry Breeders Society of France and since then have gradually made themselves popular in various countries around the world. Marans are generally quiet and docile; but they are quite active, taking well to free ranging in rough terrain and are also tough and disease-resistant. They were originally bred in the marshy areas of France and can cope with damper conditions.
The Marans chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm. We have three gorgeous varieties of Marans: Black Copper, Blush Splash, and the popular Cuckoo variety.
The Leghorn is a breed of chicken originating in Tuscany, Italy. Birds were first exported to North America in 1828 from the port city of Livorno. They were initially called “Italians”, but by 1865 the breed was known as “Leghorn”, the traditional anglicisation of “Livorno”. The breed was first introduced to Britain from the United States in 1870. White Leghorns are commonly used as layer chickens in many countries of the world. Other Leghorn varieties are less common. They are mostly white, but sometimes have black dots on them. Sometimes people say that they are the best chickens to look after.
Leghorns are good layers of white eggs, laying an average of 280 per year. Leghorns rarely exhibit broodiness and are thus well suited for uninterrupted egg laying. The Leghorn is a light breed that matures quickly, and is an active and efficient forager. Due to their prolific egg-laying, they are the number one breed used for large-scale commercial egg production in the United States.
The Leghorn chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm. We have the following varieties of Leghorn: Pearl-White, Red, Rose Comb Brown, Silver, Single Comb Brown, and White.
The Langshan chicken is named after the district of China from which it originated. In 1872, Major F.T. Croad imported the breed into Britain. The Croad Langshan Club was formed in Britain in 1904. As with many other breeds, numbers declined after the Second World War and eventually the breed was left without a breed club in the UK. It was rescued by the Rare Poultry Society until in 1979 the club was reformed. Langshans were also imported to North America in 1878 and admitted to the standard in 1883. White Langshans were admitted to the standard ten years later in 1893. There are three varieties of Langshans that have been accepted to the US standard – Black, White, and Blue.
In the early 20th century Croad Langshans became a popular utility breed, doing well in laying trials. The hens lay 140-150 eggs a year and are good winter layers; the eggs are dark brown with a plum-coloured bloom. The hens are excellent sitters and mothers. Croad Langshans are easily tamed and adapt well to both confinement and free range. They do well in sheltered conditions and dry soils but are not well suited to very exposed conditions. Under suitable conditions they thrive well and are very productive. Their flesh is fine in texture and of excellent quality.
The Langshan chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm. We have both black and white varieties.