Sapphire Gem

Sapphire Gem Chicken Hens

The Sapphire Gem is not an actual breed of chicken, and not recognized by the APA. Most hatcheries that sell this little gem are vague in their descriptions, and that’s probably because it’s a new variety of chicken. In fact, this chick can only be purchased from a handful of hatcheries, and it even appears as though one hatchery has the name Sapphire Gem trademarked.

What we do know about this mysterious chicken is that the Sapphire Gem is a cross between heritage and hybrid chickens and was developed in the Czech Republic. This treasured bird is said to be crossed with a Blue Plymouth rock and a Barred Plymouth Rock.

Since the popularity and excitement over the Easter Egger has begun to dwindle, many chicken lovers are rejoicing at the addition of another fun chicken to add some spice to their flock.

The Sapphire Gem is a medium-sized chicken. She won’t tower over your Easter Eggers nor cower under the Brahma. They are a middle-of-the flock size and can hold their own amongst a mixed flock of chickens.

Large, brown, eggs are the Sapphire Gem’s specialty, and it’s a common misconception that this chicken lays blue eggs because she is often confused with the Sapphire chicken (a small white bird that lays bright blue eggs).
This little engine-that-can produces year round, and has been said to lay up to a whopping 290 eggs per year! So, as you can see, her purpose is production and is not typically used as a meat chicken.

Cold Hardy
The Sapphire Gem chicken does well in all climates with reports of withstanding cold winters with grace and without decreased production.

Sapphire Gems are wonderful free-range candidates if you like to let your chickens run free. They are excellent foragers and have no trouble finding the tastiest morsels in the yard. While they are a calm variety of chicken, they are also alert and aware of predators, which makes them even better off if they have the run of the yard.

These ladies are incredibly calm and docile. They are said to love to cuddle and are one of the sweetest varieties of chicken for the kids.
While this chicken is the new “It Girl” on the scene, there is still little known about the origins and where to obtain her.

lavender orpington

Lavender Orpingtons

Lavender Orpingtons are a shimmering, grayish, silver color with a definite purple tone. Orpington Chickens, in general, are big, round, fluffy chickens and could arguably be the softest of all the breeds. Combine that soft fluffiness with a shimmering lavender-gray color, and Lavender Orpingtons are chickens to behold!

The lavender color is similar to the blue color, but is lighter in general and with purple overtones. Lavender Orpingtons are extremely rare, and not many people have actually laid eyes on a Lavender Orpington. They could be categorized as designer chickens, and are fabulous for poultry connoisseurs and collectors as well as for flock owners who want a truly special breed.

Gray colors in chickens are always rare and exciting, but there is another reason lavender is such a sought-after color. Although Lavender Orpingtons do resemble Blue Orpingtons in their shimmering gray coloring, genetically the Lavender is very different from the Blue. When Blue Chickens are bred together, the offspring will be a variety of colors: black, splash (mostly white with gray splashes), and variations of the blue color. The Lavender Orpingtons, however, will breed true, meaning that all offspring of two Lavender Orpingtons will be Lavender.

Lavender Orpingtons have pretty, single red combs, which are set off beautifully against the lavender feathering, which is usually a bit darker on the head. These would look especially striking combined with Buff Orpingtons – creating a flock of silver and gold big fluffy birds.

Lavender Orpingtons have lots of feathers – the fluffiness makes them seem to have extra feathers, especially on the thighs. They are cold hardy and sound chickens.

Production: Lavender Orpingtons are the ultimate heritage, dual purpose chicken. They make good meat birds, growing to a heavy table weight with nice looking white skin. They are also productive at egg laying, producing 175-200 very large brown eggs per year. Many Lavender Orpington hens will go broody and hatch their own chicks.

Temperament: Like the much more common Buff Orpington, Lavender Orpingtons are large, calm, and friendly birds. They have been described as ‘lap chickens’ by many. They are great with children, and they also make good pet chickens. They are heavy and wide chickens, and thus are not good at flying, which makes them quite easy to contain even with short fencing.

History: The Orpington Chicken breed is one of the premier breeds of Great Britain. The breed was developed by William Cook by crossing Minorca males with Black Plymouth Rock hens, and then breeding the offspring of that cross to Langshans with clean legs. The outcome was the Orpington with everything that the British public of the mid-nineteenth century wanted and desired in a chicken. He named them after his hometown, Orpington, England. The breed was a wild success, and within 10 years, Orpington Chickens were a mainstay of British poultry enthusiasts.

Blue Cochin

Blue Cochins

The Blue Cochin is stately, gentle, and is very rare. These bluish-slate birds with bright red combs are excellent for showing.

Production: On average, Cochin chickens produce two medium-sized brown eggs each week.

Temperament: People love Cochin chickens because of their sweet personalities. These birds have great mothering qualities and rarely make noise. They handle the cold weather well and are excellent around other pets. Their calm disposition and fluffy appearance make them a great addition to any backyard poultry flock.

History: The Chinese developed the Cochin chicken breed, but they did not become popular until the 1800s. Hen fever overtook England and America when someone gave Queen Victoria a Cochin chicken as a gift. At that time, the Cochin chicken was one of the largest anyone had ever seen. The Cochin breed is part of the Asiatic class.

Body Type: Cochin chickens are big, round and have lots of feathers. These fluffy chickens have a short tail and a large back. Their heads are small, but their thighs are huge and covered in feathers. Besides that, they all have large, prominent eyes.

Standard Weight: Hen 8.5 lbs

Polish Chicken Hen

White Crested Black Polish Hens

The Polish bantam is a European breed of chicken known for its crest and feathers. This is an ornamental breed of chicken and perfect for the hobbyist or backyard flock owner. They are small dainty birds and the crests make them look bigger than they actually are. If you are looking for a small but beautiful bird, decorate your chicken coop with the Polish bantam!

Production: The Polish bantams are known for their white eggs. They lay frequently but are not known to go broody or make good mothers. If you are wanting to hatch eggs, an incubator will be needed.

Temperament: This breed bears confinement well and is docile, however can be flighty. The hens do not go broody nor make good mothers if they do.

History: Although the Polish bantams are called Polish, they do not originate from Poland. Researchers suggest they have come from the Netherlands based on oldest accounts they have found.

Guinea Hens at Koops Coops

Guinea Keets

If you are looking for a pest controller and something beautiful to look at, guinea fowl is a great option. Being loud and territorial, the guinea fowl makes a good addition to a homestead to reduce insect populations and drive off intruders.

Guinea fowl are seasonal layers, laying approximately 60-100 eggs each season. The eggs are tough and ovoid in shape. Guinea hens can go broody and raise their own young.

Guinea fowl are alert and flighty. They do well in large housing or free range due to their behavior. They get along with other flock members or livestock if raised with them. They do best in groups of their own kind.

Choice of color is not available but we normally get French Guineas, Pearl, Lavender, Black or White.

Blue Jersey Giant Chicken

Jersey Giant Chicken Hens

When you hear the name, “Jersey Giant,” you might think of a behemoth chicken wreaking chaos in a village as it stomps around with its Godzilla-esque feet. The Jersey Giant might be a large chicken breed, but luckily, it’s not that large!

Nevertheless, this chicken is the largest purebred chicken breed in the United States. The only other breeds that come close are those that have been hybridized (as well as several smaller- albeit still hefty – breeds like Brahams).

History: Originally developed by Thomas and John Black, the Jersey Giant was created, of course, in the state of New Jersey. It was created with the goal of addressing the demand of the time – during the late 1800s – for heavy-breasted roasting birds. Ideally, this chicken would surpass the weight and meat quality of the turkey. Unfortunately, although large, the Jersey Giant never quite stacked up to this standard.

Colors: There are three formally recognized variants of the Jersey Giant chicken – the black, white, and blue. The blue is the most recent recognized color, only recognized by the American Poultry Association in 2003. A robust and attractive bird, the Blue Jersey Giants have black shanks with feathers that are slate blue with darker blue lacing. There are four toes per foot with no feathering on the legs. Wattles and comb are red, while the skin is yellow. The eyes of this chicken are dark brown, while the beak is black with a pale yellow tinge at the very end.

Temperament: The Jersey Giant is known for being docile and calm. Even the roosters are positively mellow. That’s good news – with a bird this big, an antagonistic individual could wreak havoc and inspire terror in the coop! Jersey Giants are good with children, although their size can be intimidating they are friendly and can even be kept as pets or exhibition birds. Jersey Giants are not known for being flighty. They are cold-hardy and get by well without high boundaries – they’ll stay confined on their own.

Production: Jersey Giants put out a prolific amount of large eggs. They will lay up to 200 eggs each year, averaging four or so eggs each week. These are large and pale brown in color.

Silver Laced Wyandotte

Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken Hens

The Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken is a beautiful dual purpose bird- perfect for any backyard flock. These birds can be purchased as day old chicks that will grow into healthy pet chickens. Especially cold hardy, they are great for cold climates like the northern United States. They’ll perform well even in snowy climates since their rose combs aren’t prone to frostbite.

Production: These birds are dual purpose, meaning they can be used for egg laying or for meat production. These good-sized birds produce plenty of meat. If used for egg laying, expect 180-260 brown eggs a year. Some Wyandotte hens may be broody.

Temperament: The temperament of the Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken varies as it grows. Most of these birds are mild mannered, but they can tend toward dominance if put in certain situations. The Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken also stands chicken coop confinement well, if needed. Wyandotte chickens are good foragers.

History: The Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken is an American breed that originated in 1870s by H.M. Doubleday, John Ray, L. Whittaker and Fred Houdlette. The breed it originated from is not known.

APA Class: American

Color Description: Like the name implies, the Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken has white feathers with black edges around each feather, making it look like the bird is wearing a gown of some sort. These beautiful birds will brighten up any flock with their fancy dress.

Conservation Status: Recovering

Standard Weights: Cockerel 7.5 lbs, Pullet 5.5 lbs

Salmon Faverolle Chicken Hens

People own Salmon Faverolles for their silliness and their steady egg production.

Production: You can expect between 150 and 180 tinted eggs per year from each Salmon Faverolles in your flock. They are known to continue laying through the winter. 

Temperament: Salmon Faverolles are described as docile, gentle, and friendly. They are not necessarily shy, but don’t deal well with extremely aggressive breeds. Due to their sweet nature, they are often kept as pets and they do well with children.

History: The name Faverolles comes from a small village in France, north of Paris, which is the region in which the breed originated. One interesting thing about the name is that a single representative of the breed is still a “faverolles” rather than a “faverolle.” For many years, this was one of the most popular breeds in the north of France, with one expert estimating 98% of the chickens sold in the Houdan market were Faverolles.

Salmon Faverolles are certainly a composite breed – that is, several breeds were used in developing the current standard. What is not known is exactly which breeds were used. Salmon Faverolles have a fifth toe and especially white flesh, so it is suspected that the Dorking and Houdan made a contribution.

While many people keep Salmon Faverolles as exhibition birds, or as novelty pets, they are becoming popular with small flock keepers as well. Because they are good-tempered, dependable layers and they make good members of small flocks. They are great for colder climates.

The Salmon Faverolles was first included in the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection in 1914. There is also a breed specific club dedicated to promoting these fluffy chickens, the Faverolles Fanciers of America.

Easter Egger Chicken Hen

Easter Egger Chicken Hen

Easter Eggers are sweet, docile and, as their name implies, they lay colorful eggs. Why wouldn’t you want at least a few Easter Eggers in your flock? This breed has a pea comb, and is very cold hardy.

Production: Easter Eggers are good layers laying 200-280 medium to large sized light brown, green, blue, or pink eggs a year. The Easter Eggers skin color is white. Hens are broody. 

Temperament: These are sweet birds and are not usually aggressive.

History: There is a great deal of misinformation about Easter Eggers, in some cases from sources you would expect to be reliable. Some hatcheries mislabel these birds as Ameraucanas or Araucanas, or other variations on those spellings.

Easter Eggers are not a recognized standard breed. They do not conform to any standard, so they don’t always look the same. 

They are not recognized by the American Poultry Association or the American Bantam Association, so they are not shown in competitions. Instead, they are happy birds that lay funny colored eggs. They make a great addition to backyard flocks.

Cuckoo Marans

Cuckoo Marans

Cuckoo Marans are attractive, productive chickens that have a single comb which can tell you they are a cold hardy breed.

You can expect 180+ light chocolate brown eggs per year from your Cuckoo Maran hens. Cuckoo Marans are active birds who enjoy foraging but that also get along fairly well with other pet chickens.

History: Marans originated in the wetland area surrounding the town of Marans, France. Originally, the breed came to exist from the crossing of wild swamp hens and English game roosters that were released from ships that docked in Western France. It is because of those early crossings that so many different color varieties of Marans exist today.

As a whole, the breed has seen ups and downs in population size. For many years the Cuckoo Marans was the only variety of the breed available in the US, and so it is the easiest type of Marans to procure here.

The cuckoo marans are often confused for a barred rock but they have a more jagged pattern.

Barred Rock Hen Koops Coops

Barred Rock Hens

Plymouth Barred Rock hens are dual-purpose chickens. They are meant for a small farm that has a backyard coop because they are really friendly and great with kids and these chickens lay eggs year-round. Barred Plymouth Rocks have a single comb and are heat and cold hardy. 

Barred Rocks can be raised anywhere. Since they are a cold-hardy bird, they will continue to lay eggs in the winter months. This bared chicken breed is adaptable to confinement and free range. Even though these chickens hens handle confinement well, they prefer to roam free in the yard and are very good at keeping an eye out for predators and taking cover if they see one. You may think most chicken hens are good at this but most are not. Due to their adaptability, these smart and friendly rock chickens would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s backyard poultry flock. 

They are excellent at laying large eggs. They lay 200-280 brown eggs per year. Their egg production is steady, even during the cold winter months. Barred Rocks have a yellow skin color. Sometimes the hens become broody, but they are good mothers. Baby Barred Plymouth Rock Chickens have a docile personality, which makes them nice birds to have around the backyard. The hen and rooster get along with others because they have a gentle disposition. They even get along with other pets. This breed has a good ability to forage. 

This all-American chicken breed got its start in Worcester, Massachusetts. They were created in the 1860s by D.A. Upham. He developed the breed by crossing Black Java pullets with a single-comb barred rooster. Shortly after, Plymouth Rocks became one of the most common birds in America. Their popularity quickly spread throughout the United States. The birds even replaced the Dominique as the most common backyard chicken.

Speckled Sussex Chicken Hens

The Speckled Sussex Chicken is a beautiful and tame breed, with dark, mahogany-colored feathers sprinkled with bright, white specks. They have a single comb and are a cold hardy breed.

Production: The Speckled Sussex is usually thought of as a good layer, laying an admirable number of brown eggs – about 200 per year.  The hens of this breed are not broody. The Speckled Sussex makes an excellent meat bird and sports a white skin color.

Temperament: One of the many reasons that the Sussex has been popular for so long is that it is a calm, docile breed. People who have children find that the Speckled Sussex works out well because of its gentle nature. This chicken is also a good forager. 

History: The Sussex is an ancient breed, believed to have originated in England around the time of the Roman conquest. There are many varieties, but the Speckled Sussex is one of the prettiest and most popular.

Until the introduction and burgeoning popularity of the modern Cornish Cross, the Sussex was the most popular breed for meat in England. It’s white skin is often not appealing to consumers in the United States.

Buff Brahma Chicken Hen

Buff Brahma Chicken Hens

Buff Brahma chickens are good chickens to raise in cold weather.  They have an abundance of feathers which extend down their legs to help keep them warm.  Buff Brahmas have a pea comb. 

Production: The Buff Brahma chicken lays about 150+ brown eggs per year. They also make great meat chickens due to their extremely large size. Buff Brahmas have a yellow skin color. Brahma hens are known to be broody.

Temperment: Buff Brahma chickens are known as gentle giants.  They make good pets due to their calm and gentle nature.  It is recommended that they be handled a lot and tamed as chicks, because their large size makes it difficult to handle them as adults if they are not used to humans. Buff Brahma chickens make good foragers. 

History: Buff Brahmas are a relatively new breed.  They were originally imported from China in the 1850’s, but the Buff Brahma was not accepted into the American Standard of Perfection until 1924.  For many years, Buff Brahmas were seen only as a meat chicken due to their large size.

APA Class: Asiatic

Color Description: As its name implies, the Buff Brahma has a buff, or golden, colored body with black feathers on the tail and neck. 

Conservation Status: Watch

Buff Orpington Chicken hen

Buff Orpington Chicken Hens

Orpingtons are fluffy, sweet chickens. The Buff is a gorgeous, rich, golden color. They have a single comb and are cold hardy birds.

Production: Buff Orpingtons are excellent productive egg layers. You can expect between 200-280 brown eggs per year from one Buff Orpington hen. The hens are known to be broody.

Orange and yellow chicken that is about to take a step

Temperament: Orpingtons are known to be docile, sweet birds. Aside from their practical aspects, they make good pets. They also have good foraging ability. 

History: If there are celebrities within the poultry fancy, then William Cook must be counted among them. Mr. Cook developed the Orpington breed, and named it after his hometown in County Kent, which was, of course, the town of Orpington.

Mr. Cook did more than develop a breed of chicken, though. He also did an excellent job of making that breed well known across the world. Orpingtons were popular in Mr. Cook’s native England, but he also brought them to a poultry show in Madison Square Garden in 1895 where they were met with great enthusiasm.

Due to their weight, Orpingtons do not tend to be flighty and are easily contained. And, because of their feathering, they can withstand cold weather. There are many reasons for the Orpingtons’ continued popularity, both here and across the world.

The original Orpingtons were Black Orpingtons, but Mr. Cook quickly added colors and the Buff was one of the first. Buff is now the most common color variety within the breed, and has always been the favorite color in the US. Buff Orpingtons were included in the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection in 1902, a full three years before Black Orpingtons were.

Blue Copper Maran

Blue Copper Marans

The Blue Copper Marans is an extraordinary bird. Not only is it a colorful one, being blue with a shimmering copper hackle, the eggs are a beautiful dark color as well. This variety is stunning and a good choice for those that want to add color to their flock and eggs.

Blue Copper Maran
Blue Copper Maran

Production: The Blue Copper Marans lay 150 eggs in a given season. The eggs are dark brown in color, being the darkest at the start of the season and lightening up as the bird continues to lay. The breed can be a dual purpose one for both meat and eggs due to their size. Hens can become broody and raise their own young.

Maran Eggs
Maran Eggs

Temperament: The Marans is a docile and friendly breed. They make a wonderful addition to the backyard flock.

History: The Marans are from a marshy wet area in Marans, France. They were and still are popular for their dark eggs. There are many varieties of the Marans, the black copper and blue copper Marans being the most popular as they lay the darkest eggs. The other varieties are still in the works with egg color, as egg color defines this extraordinary breed. The Marans were imported in 1930 to the United Kingdom, where they were used as egg layers primarily. Today they are known to be dual purpose both for their eggs and meat. The first recognized color variety that was accepted by the American Poultry Association was the Black Copper Marans. Blue Coppers are still in the process of being accepted. This is a fairly new breed in the United States and most likely will be quite a popular one as more people get involved in them.

Cream Legbar Chicken

Cream Legbar Chicken Hens

The Cream Legbar Chicken is one of the most sought after breeds of chickens in this country right now. And for good reason – they are great layers of bright sky blue eggs, they are attractive and friendly birds, and they are auto-sexing, which means that male and female chicks are easily distinguishable by color at hatching.

Cream Legbar

Cream Legbars have feathery crests on their heads as well as combs. They are considered to be cream colored. Cream Legbars are very rare, and it is hard to find trustworthy sources of true, purebred birds. The birds we are offering are high quality and are solid examples of their breed.

Production: Cream Legbars are raised mostly for egg production. They lay a good number of eggs usually around 160-180 per year. The eggs are a beautiful blue color, ranging from sky blue to light, barely green turquoise. Breeding Cream Legbar Chickens and selling chicks or hatching eggs would be a lucrative business, and these chicks have the proper genetics behind them to do so. Because the chicks can be easily sexed at hatching, Cream Legbars would be a great choice for a small breeding program.

Temperament: Cream Legbars are sociable, friendly, and active birds. They are not extremely flighty, but do have a more old, feral temperament, relishing in exploring and foraging. They are, in fact, very efficient foragers. Roosters are watchful and vigilant, and the breed in general is savvy and smart. They do very well at avoiding predators and thriving and adapting in many different environments.

History: Cream Legbar Chickens were developed in the 1930’s in Great Britain, as a part of the genetics breeding experiments by Reginald Crundall Punnett and Michael Pease in Cambridge at the Genetical Institute. This breed was one of two auto-sexing breeds developed by these efforts. Cream Legbars were created from crossing Brown Leghorns and Barred Rocks along with some Araucana lines. The breed’s first appearance was at the 1947 London Dairy Show, and Cream Legbars were officially accepted into the British Poultry Club in 1958. The appearance of the breed in the U.S. is extremely new, with breeding groups crossing the pond for the first time in 2010.

Blue Laced Red Wyandottes

Blue Laced Red Wyandottes

These ladies will be great egg layers and will lay between 200-240 eggs a year. Blue Laced Red Wyandotte’s are super friendly pet chickens. They are easy-going birds that are excellent for farms where children are running around. Some of them become friendly enough that they will jump up on their owner’s laps if they are offered a treat. Because of their docile nature, they are a good choice for first-time farmers. Another benefit related to getting Blue Laced Red Wyandotte chickens is that the laying hens are naturally broody and will eagerly care for both eggs and baby chicks.

Blue Laced Red(BLR’s) Wyandotte chickens have predominantly reddish-brown feathers that are lightly bordered with an Andulasian blue stripe. Blue laced reds do not breed true and often have black highlights or splash coloring as opposed to the light blue. They lay a light tan egg.

Some of the Blue Laced Reds we sell we hatch ourselves.

Blue Laced Red Wyandottes
Blue Laced Red Wyandottes