To help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. Our operators are happy to suggest complementing breeds if you need assistance.
Our small scale hatchery is currently producing the best specimens of rare breed chickens available and will continue to do from February until October when we shut down our incubators for the year. If you are a previous customer of ours you can expect the same excellent quality birds and if you are a new customer of ours, welcome to the flock!
We have done a humbling amount of research into the best breeds of high production unique egg laying hens as well as the most unique looking chickens. If you have chicken fever like we do then look no further, we are YOUR people!
We are a small family farm team headed up by Franchesca & Ryan Duval along with our two children in Northern California. We are pioneers of humane breeding and hatching, no male chicks are killed on our farm as they are at large scale hatcheries and all of our breeding groups are free to roam on their separate pastures.
With dozens of different breeds available, you can easily find and order the ideal chickens for your free-range flock, backyard flock or farm. Chickens for Backyards has rare breed baby chicks for sale, both sexed and unsexed, for you to choose. These chickens are not commonly found on other farms and their egg-laying characteristics, coloration, behavior and hardiness makes them a great addition to your flock.
From the beautiful peach-colored Buff Brahma to the white-and-black speckled Silver Laced Cochin to the quiet and docile Barnevelder, these rare chickens are unique from many other commonly found breeds. Their brightly patterned plumage, from rich brown to white to peach, makes them beautiful to look at while their personalities and behavior makes them great family pets. If you are seeking a chicken or multiple chickens to keep in your backyard flock or have around your farm for many years, select a rare breed and find the characteristics that you are looking for.
Our list does not include all the rare chicken breeds. However, it does feature some of the more exotic rare chicken breeds. These birds are not only rare, but they also have some unique and exotic features that make them stand out from other chicken breeds!
Special Features: The Svart Hona is a medium-sized breed that is most recognized because of its unique fibromelanistic appearance. The Svart Hona is one of two chicken breeds who are completely fibromelanistic, the other being the Ayam Cemani. Being fibromelanistic means that the bird is completely black including its feathers, skin, bones, and meat.
Special Features: The Holland is the rarest American-bred chicken breed. It is a white-skinned, dual-purpose breed that is cold hardy and has the unique feature of being one of the only American-classed breeds that lays white eggs.
Special Features: The Onagadori is considered a long-tailed chicken breed. The roosters can grow tail feathers that reach up to 27 feet in length! They can do so because their tail feathers grow very fast and they rarely molt.
Onagadori chickens were developed in Japan where they are now considered a Japanese National Natural Treasure. Since they are now considered a Japanese National Natural Treasure, the Onagadori can no longer be exported out of the country. There is estimated to be only about 250 Onagadori chickens worldwide, most of which can be found in Japan.
Special Features: The Sultan is a unique chicken breed indeed considering it sports nearly every unique feature a chicken can have! It has a medium size, V-shaped comb that is often hidden by a full crest of feathers on top of its head.
The Sultan also has muff and beard feathers on its face. The breed was developed to have low-carried wings and vulture hocks, which means the feathers on the hock region of the leg point backward instead of down. They also have feathered shanks and toes as well as 5 toes on each foot (most chickens only have 4 toes on each foot). The Sultan is a heat tolerant breed and the hens are only decent layers.
Special Features: The Erminette looks like the Dalmatian of the chicken world. They are a medium size chicken breed who are cold hardy, good foragers, and the hens are good layers. The hens also make good broody mothers if given the chance.
Despite their unique coloring, the Erminette does not breed true to color. When two Erminette are bred together, their offspring can be all black, all white, or have the distinctive white and black mottling characteristic of the breed.
The Hedemora is a landrace breed and can come in three different feather varieties: silkie (also called wooly), smooth feather-legged, and smooth clean-legged. Being a landrace breed, the Hedemora has no distinct color variety. All three feather types and a variety of plumage colors are needed in a Hedemora breeding flock for good genetic strength.
Another unique fact about the Derbyshire Redcap is that its genetic history is fairly pure, with little crossbreeding. This means that the breed is very hardy and not prone to disease or illness. The hens are good layers of white eggs.
Special Features: The Campine is a small chicken breed that is still considered a dual-purpose breed. The hens are good layers of small white eggs. They are not a very hardy breed, which contributes to them being a rare breed.
Special Features: The Burmese chicken is so rare that little is known about this exotic chicken breed. It is considered a bantam breed and is known to have unique features such as short legs, both a crest and beard feathers, as well as feathered feet. The total population of Burmese chickens is unknown, although the estimated number is less than 102 birds with only a handful of dedicated breeders worldwide.
From all black to tail feathers that will truly impress, these unique, striking, and fun breeds are a great way to add excitement to your backyard flock! While these 10 rare and exotic chicken breeds may be hard to find, they are totally worth adding to your backyard flock! Not only are you helping to preserve an endangered chicken breed, but you are sure to get a unique experience from having a rare and exotic chicken breed in your flock.
Alexa grew up raising, showing, and caring for poultry. Her passion for poultry grew into her current small farm business, the Black Feather Farm, where she breeds rare and heritage chicken breeds. She uses her vast experience to improve the lives of chickens and educate Grubbly readers as well as readers on her own blog, The Pioneer Chicks.
Greenfire Farms raises the world's rarest and most beautiful chickens. If you count yourself among the chicken-obsessed then this is your home! We invite you to explore our website and learn the fascinating histories of chickens collected from the four corners of the globe. You can become a steward of these rare chicken breeds and join in the fight to save them from extinction. Welcome to our farm!
This breed is said to have come from the Orust islands where they were fed on the fish leftovers of local fishermen who raised them. Sadly in 2013 there were less than 500 Orust chickens in the world, and today they are still in danger of extinction.
First of all this breed is extremely rare. It is said that at one point only fifty of these chickens existed in the world. Although their population has grown since that point they are still endangered.
You can find this breed in a couple of varieties including: white, black, blue and gray. Interestingly the white Bresse variety, with a red comb, white body and blue legs, resembles the flag of France.
Like other chickens in this list they also have a striking all black appearance. Just like the Ayam Cemani they have this black color because of a mutation called fibromelanosis. Fibromelanosis is a condition where the body produces too much dark pigment and causes the chicken to turn black.
Another reason why this breed is so expensive is because people believe this breed has medicinal healing qualities. Some people believe this chicken can treat nervous disorders, pulmonary issues and other similar ailments.
This breeds originally comes from Germany. In fact Deathlayers are also called Totleger, which means deathlayer or day layer in German. They are a landrace breed which means they have developed naturally without any human breeding interference.
The Ayam Cemani chicken comes from Java (Indonesia) and is considered an extremely rare breed. They are all black in appearance and even their meat and bones are black because of a condition called fibromelanosis.
It is no wonder they cost a fortune to buy and own. In addition to being expensive most of these breeds are very rare. Only a select few breeders carry the breeds and in most cases there are very long waiting lists.
Compare the size of the bantams to their large fowl counterparts. Below you see a large fowl rooster weighing in at 8.95lbs (or 4.06kg) next to his bantam brethren weighing in at just 3.85lbs (or 1.75kg). Below you can also see a large fowl hen who weighs 7.30 lbs (3.31kg) standing next to a bantam hen that weighs just 2.75 lbs (1.25kg). This exceptional size differential provides a completely different experience in raising this remarkable breed, and every poultry hobbyist can enjoy the ease with which the bantams can be housed and managed.
Do you want a rare chicken breed and don't care which specific one This hatchery choice assortment is for you! The Rare Breed Chicken Assortment will include at least 3 different breeds of any of our rare chicken breeds. No record is kept or provided of breeds sent.
Possible breeds in this assortment include, but are not limited to Jersey Giant, Dominique, Brahma, Faverolles, Sussex, Turken, Delaware, Assel, Pheonix, Fayoumis, Spitzhauben, Lakenvelder, Top Hats, Jungle Fowl, Hamburg, Chantecler, Cochin, or Yokohama. 59ce067264