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.
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.