Posted Apr 17, 2015
My husband and I have raised chickens for eggs and meat, for almost thirty years. Due to Vermont's long, cold winter season, a very hardy bird is essential. This breed is one of the hardiest that we have raised. A heavily insulated chicken coop with heat lamps will result in a minimal winter losses.
The hens are productive layers, averaging about six eggs a week. They lay large brown eggs. Older hens tend to lay darker brown, larger eggs less often.
For meat, these are not the largest or fastest growing chickens, buy they are tender and flavorful. The roosters can weigh about eight lbs, the hens about six pounds.