Other common names: Blue Bell Chicken; Bluebell Chicken; Meadowsweet Bluebell; Blue Ranger Chicken; Blue Star Chicken; Beechwood Blue Chicken; Blue Haze Chicken
The BlueBelle Chicken is a sexlinked cross breed which was developed in England by Meadowsweet Poultry. The BlueBelle (or Blue Bell) is a cross between the Rhode Island Red and the Maran chicken.
Varieties (Single Comb): Blue with some red
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Weight: 5 - 7 lbs
Personality: Friendly and easy to handle.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
To keep your hens healthy and laying strong, be sure that they are consuming enough calcium and exercising. Diets high in corn, should be avoided as they can cause your hens to become overweight, and develop egg binding. After a year of laying, the Bluebells production will drop dramatically. Thus, many farmers replace their hens yearly.
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The Bluebell hen
These are very attractive birds that come in different shades of slate blue with a darker head and neck.I have found through experience that these hens definitley prefer to be free ranged and do not cope very well inside small areas with high hen populations.Sometimes these hens can be very timid and find it hard to adjust to other hens you may have.All the same these are very nice birds and love human contact.The Bluebell is a hybrid laying hen which will lay around 300 brown eggs a year.The Bluebell originally comes from a Blue Plymouth Rock paternal stock and a Barred Plymouth Rock Maternal stock..
From bredashannon Jun 14 2013 5:54AM
Bluebelle Chickens make fantastic pets
We kept a Bluebelle hen for just over 1 year, she was a very pretty, calm and friendly hen. Her stature was medium sized and she fared well in our mixed coop with the other girls. Her eggs were speckled brown and medium to large in size, she laid most days during the first summer. We fed her a mixture of layers pellets, mixed corn and dried meal worms/seeds as a treat- all chickens tend to love these. She spend much of her time outdoors foraging for insects and dust bathing to keep her feathers lovely and clean. I would recommend a Bluebelle bird to any first time chicken keeper, they are calm, friendly and very good at laying eggs..
From sarahabbott195 Jul 8 2015 1:24PM
Friendly birds with lots of personality
I have owned several Bluebelle hens and all of them have been good natured and tolerated being stroked, picked up and hand fed: this obviously makes them a great pet for a family with children.
Every Bluebelle hen I have had has laid an egg almost daily for at least a full year when egg production gradually begins to fall. During the day they were very independent and happy to roam and forage however on the rare occasion that we had to keep them within a confined area they tended to get bored and show signs of anxiety so we developed several homemade toys to keep them occupied and this seemed to relieve their anxiety.
On the negative side, in my experience I have found these birds to be less hardy than I expected, they have tended to get ill frequently when my other birds have not which has on occasion resulted in pricey vets bills. As you can see in the photo attached one developed itchy skin on her front and pulled her feathers out; she made a full recovery but I had to bathe her and apply aloe vera gel to the area daily so it took a lot of time and effort (although, in my opinion, it was completely worthwhile).
Overall, Bluebelle’s are very intelligent birds and with plenty of human interaction will become very friendly and allow you to interact with them. However, if you are looking for a hardy bird requiring little attention this may not be the bird for you..
From pongom Jan 12 2015 4:26PM