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What are Euskal Oiloas or Basque Hens and Why would anyone want these Chickens?

Updated on February 13, 2013

Basque Hens are an awesome, friendly and incredibly rare Spanish Chicken.

Those on poultry forums know the excruciating question, "If you had to pick one breed what would it be?"

After 40 breeds in 4 years, and I can confidently say it would be these wonderful Basque Hens. Though Silver Grey Dorkings and Lavender D'Uccles are in the top 5!

I will share my experience with these beautiful Euskal Oiloa rare Heritage chickens. This breed is not in the Hendersons guide or the Stories book as it is relatively new to North America. I have tried to translate and give you some information on the breed. A lot of the links are still in Spanish, but the Google translator helps.

We were lucky enough to find the Euskal Oiloa in a list of Rare Breed Chickens newly available in Canada in 2008. We were new to chickens and ordered 6 to try along with some black Copper and Partridge Marans. From the start, the fat fluffy yellow and red chicks were friendly and hopped onto the side of the brooder for attention. The Marans are long gone, but these pets remain. Euskal oiloas are a great addition to any backyard flock and an unusual colour unlike any other breed!

Image by Skeffling Lavender arm "Blondie" Hatched April 2008, pic taken Jan 2010. Still laying well in 2013 (enormous eggs!).

Which came first the Chicken or the Egg?

In our case it was the day old chick in the mail. We received an assorted group of 25 colourful chicks from Eric Rivard in Quebec. He retired from having a rare breed hatchery that fall, and had we known we would have ordered 50 of these beauties.

It turns out we got 6 Euskal Oiloas (or Basque Hens in English), 2 females and a male each in in Marraduna (brown Stripe) and Gorria (red). We kept the Marraduna colour as we could only manage so many breeds here.

Temperament - Friendly Birds. It must be genetic!

Friendly Euskal Oiloa Chicks in the Brooder!
Friendly Euskal Oiloa Chicks in the Brooder!

Last year, we mailed fertile Basque eggs to a few brave souls in Manitoba, Saskachewan and Ontario who decided to try these attractive chickens. Every one of those people loved the chicks and how friendly there are. We knew our Euskal Oiloa were friendly, but when they were independently friendly out of the egg thousands of miles away we knew there was something special about this breed.


The Euskal Oiloa have no fear of Humans. We haven't had any aggressive birds, but they can act as though they are your equal and deserve attention. They will tame up without any treats at all. In a flock of mixed breeds, they tend to be assertive and higher in the pecking order.


The basque hens are an outgoing friendly breed, that will approach you every time you go out near them. Both males and females will sit on your knee as long as you will have them there. They will peck at your fingers, toes and your jewellery as they are curious chickens. They will pick snow or wood shavings off you clothing if they are around you any length of time. Around 6 weeks old (like the chicks in the picture) they will lean on your hand and completely gravitate towards you. Some Euska Oiloa will be more shy but watch the others and often you will have a little flock of these following you around. They are ones right under your feet while the other breeds stand back.

Good layers and not so Broody

The basque Hens and pullets we have lay a surprisingly large egg for the size of hen. The eggs grade at least as a Extra Large here in Canada. The size standard is 60-65 grams. The standard is for 180-220 eggs a year and the birds lay a big brown egg most days. We have had one hens (Blondie) go broody here but we coulnl let her sit due to the time of year. Hens will raise chicks just not that often. This pullet is in Manitoba, mothering her own brood of chicks and another young pullet is just setting at that same farm. She started to lay right on 4 months old.


The Euskal oiloa are intelligent and can be greedy with treats. These Basque Hens quickly learn the rustle of a bread bag or the look of a bowl with scraps. They are not the greediest breed, but they certainly love baked goods and pancakes. They do not eat any more feed than any of our other breeds despite the great egg production.

Good Foragers

The basque hen is a great free ranging and foraging breed. They can move quickly and the roosters make polite and attentive guards. They do equally well in a smaller coop, though they will walk up and down the run where they can see you.

Broody Euskal Oiloa Pullet with her own breeds chicks
Broody Euskal Oiloa Pullet with her own breeds chicks

Broody Momma

Euskal Oiloa hen raising the chicks she hatched!

In 5 years we had one hen go broody, so 1 in 20, we have kept as adults. One gentleman in Manitoba we shipped fertile eggs to has had three hens go broody. One raised a clutch of Black Penedesenca chicks in deep winter!

This hen is just raising her own young now spring is here and another young pullet is sitting on eggs. The youngest pullet is 6 months old and had been laying eggs for 2 month now. I have his permission to share this wonderful picture and though you might like it.

History of the Euskal Oiloa - Taken from

Marraduna Basque Hen
Marraduna Basque Hen

The Basque Chicken breeds come from a relatively recent selection process on typical Basque farmyard chickens. In the 1970s these dwindling populations of local chickens were located, studied and preserved by Fernando Orozco and his team at the National Institute of Agrarian Research (INIA).

Birds were selected that exhibited different colors to get different varieties. The study and selection continued into the eighties. A plan was made for selection and improvement of the breed in the Agricultural Research Unit under the Department of Agriculture of the Basque Government. In the early nineties the breeding program ended with the introduction of four main varieties and a fifth naked neck version of the Gorria. In May 2000, an Euskal Oiloa breed standard was drafted. Since 2008 these are included as a protected race in the Ark of Taste of Slow Food Slow Food International.

Euskal Oiloa General Breed description

Marraduna Euskal Oiloa Hen
Marraduna Euskal Oiloa Hen

There are four varieties: Beltza, Gorria , Zilarra, Marraduna (above) or Black, Red, Silver and Brown Striped, and a fifth group, Leposoila. These are Naked Neck version of the Gorria.


They have genes "Columbian" black restrictive, resulting in very special effects in plumage color.

The color of the variety provided by the gene Marraduna Barred (B) is only found on the Cantabrian coast.

Leposoila have bright red gene effect "Na. "

Therefore the Euskal Oiloa were defined morphologically by the genes: r and p (single comb), w (yellow skin), Id (inhibitor of melanin deposition in the leg), po (four toes), Na or na (feathered or naked neck), E or e (black or wheaten), Co or co (columbian restriction of black, or no columbian), S or s (silver or gold), Bl or bl (black or splash), C or c (coloured or autosomal recessive white), and B or b (barred or unbarred).

Euskal Oilo show the morphological characteristics of the European Atlantic chicken type. Chickens are a light heavyweight, simple combed chicken, toes are yellow with redder legs. They have red earlobes. The tight plumage and round feathers mean this is a hardy vigorous breed and suitable for dual purpose-meat and eggs.


Roosters about 3.6 kg (8 pounds).

Capons up to 4 kg

Adult hen 2.5 kg (5.5ibs)

This site has great detailed info

Most common defects in Euskal Oiloa

--White on the Earlobe

--White feathers in wings and tail-most serious in the Black variety

--Single Comb that falls over

--Black on the top of the beak is considered a minor defect in all but the black variety. It is a minor fault and notable in Marraduna and Silver varieties.

--Crooked toes are possible and although affect show ring performance, they say it does not affect reproduction, but we do not breed these.

--Toes not yellow-serious defect.

--Here in Canada, we have noticed Penedesenca type tendencies. Clavell combs with side springs and blue legs can appear in offspring from our small gene pool. I understand these two breeds often range together in Spain.

Euskal Oiloa Breed Type - From Eoalak Basque Breeders Association

Morphology of the rooster

--Head: Long and broad.

--Face: Smooth and bright red.

--Comb: Simple, medium size, straight and firm. Presents five to seven well-defined teeth. Bright red.

--Wattles: Long, thin and smooth, with rounded lower edge. Bright red.

--Earlobes: Medium size, lying close to the face, smooth and lanceolate. Bright red.

--Beak: Strong, vigorous and well curved. In varieties Gorria, Zilarra Lepasoila the upper jaw is dark brown with corn yellow on the bottom and may have dark brown spots but only in the proximal part. In the Marraduna is entirely yellow, without spots, and the Beltza is black.

--Eye:Large and oval, with light brown iris.

--Neck: Moderately long, well sprung heavy cloak, floating on his back.

--Back: Broad and fall slightly toward the tail; saddle feathers abundant, medium length.

--Chest: Broad, deep and well rounded.

--Abdomen: Fairly developed.

--Tail: Medium in size. Rectrices broad and overlapping, angled 45 degrees above horizontal. Sickles of medium length, well arched.

--Wings: Large, well-folded and tight to the body.

--Thighs: Strong and robust.

--Feet: Rather long, thick, heavy, yellowish, with four toes


Similar to rooster except the beak, which is less curved. The wattles are shorter and rounder. The earlobes are smaller, but retaining the lanceolate shape. The chest is wide but smaller than the rooster. The tail is rather small and slightly raised (35 °), with rectrices broad and overlapping. Thighs and shanks, as in the rooster, but more feminine.

Image By Skeffling Lavender farm "Sonny Jim" at about 5 months old (hatched Aug 2011)

Gallinas, The Euskal Oiloas or Basque Hens - All colours Zilarra, Marraduna, Lepasoila, Gorria, Beltza

This is a delightful video of chickens being chickens. It is great to see all these extremely rare varieties in one place and being cared for so well!

Our foundation Marraduna Euskal Oiloa Rooster

Speckled Jim our Basque Rooster who is 3 years old
Speckled Jim our Basque Rooster who is 3 years old

The plumage of this variety is mainly characterized by the presence of mixed white stripes with the colors described in the Gorria. Our 3 year old Euskal oiloa rooster is a little light coloured and is a big heavy wide bird. Under colour is ivory. The Marraduna fade in the sun almost to white, and some of his white feathers are from sun fade, and the new more barred ones are coming in. He does have white feathers in the tail which we will be selecting against.

Image by Skeffling Lavender farm "Speckled Jim" hatched April 2008. Grandaddy of them all!

Sexing Chicks

Marraduna Euskal Oiloa day-olds are generally big, fluffy and yellow. Sometimes with a fuzzy black line on the head. We find after about 2 weeks the cockerals combs will grow taller than the females, the wing feathers on both are grey and mottled and sexing is tricky before this. By 4 weeks when the body feathers come in, the males will generally be lighter and more grey with a small amount of red and the pullet chicks more honey coloured with less white. SEE Below picture. We have a few red/grey cuckoo type that we are leaving in the gene pool for now.

Sexing started Basques 2008-10 - Two male on left and centre, female on right. All about 4-5 weeks old.

Age approx 5 weeks.  2 Males on the left, Female on the right
Age approx 5 weeks. 2 Males on the left, Female on the right

Males much greyer then

Sexing Young Euskal Oiloas in 2012

2 barred cockerals and a pullet (middle top) - solid colour
2 barred cockerals and a pullet (middle top) - solid colour

I wanted to leave the old pictures in, but there is much more brown on the cockerals nowadays, so the differences between are more subtle, except for the comb!!

That pullet is quite pale and ended up the same colour as her great great great grandmother Blondie in the introduction image which is close to the Llodiana colour.

Oh and if you are wondering...this is what they do! They are great pets!

Why would anyone want them?

If you are looking for a good dual purpose breed that is friendly, pretty and productive, these Euskal Oiloa may be the birds for you. I am not sure if they selected for friendliness when these birds were being studied and standardized, but it is certainly possible. They are the friendliest breed we have ever had, and everyone who has them agrees on that! I am glad we have them and highly recommend them for any back yard flock.

Here is another article on other friendly rare heritage chicken breeds

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

      Oh, now you've gone and done it. I was going to get some more Ameraucanas, but now I want some Basque Hens and a rooster. Wonderful lens and blessed by the barnyard angel.

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      skefflingecho 6 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @naturegirl7s: Thanks so much. I feel very blessed! :-) Thanks for your support!

      I have wheaten Ameraucanas that are friendly too, but these guys are awesome! I hope you can find some, if not message me and I'll try to help. I'm working on a website for these to keep all the info together!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice page, this is a breed ill get back some day

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      skefflingecho 6 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @anonymous: Eric. Thanks for stopping by. We have a lot to thank you for! I am trying to keep all the information together and will be setting up a web page soon! I am sure any of us with these beauties would be happy to send you eggs!

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      Here's the NEW website with Breeders and Euskal oiloa forum

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @anonymous: Hi Patrick

      Thanks for commenting. Skyline (In Tennessee) is the only breeder in USA shipping eggs right now, I am up in Canada, so no help! His site is listed here on the breeder page of the EO site, more will be added as we get them coming in.

      He is selling them at an amazing price, he like me, adores these birds and just wants to share with as many people and give them a chance to see these so he is totally not gouging like some would be. The first US bred chicks hatched a few days ago in California

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      AlisonMeacham 5 years ago

      My brother keeps chickens. I have no idea which breeds they are! Squid Angel Blessings to you for such an informative and helpful lens.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      the brown rooster and the brown chicken look like our checkens back home in the philippines.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have read a breed standard or guideline. Are they recognized for show anywhere? If not, are steps being taken to make that happen?

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @AlisonMeacham: Thanks so much for visiting my lens and blessing it!

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @goo2eyes lm: They are a lovely rich red aren't they? And very friendly! Thanks for stopping in!

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @anonymous: They are recognized in Spain but not by the APA in North America. I understand it is a long rigorous process to gain approval (5 years?) or so, the oldest birds in Canada are around 4 years old. We have a group of enthusiastic owners and breeders, but IMO it will be years before these are approved.

      There is a fair bit of variability in the birds as they are more of race not a breed, and we see many beautiful colours and markings. Anyone spending a fortune on these should be ready for the fact they generally will probably show a number of flaws, most common being white/willow and blue legs, white wing and tail feathers, a lot of black in the body barring and side sprigs/penedesenca clavell combs. At this time, they are vigorous, productive and awesome for pet value. I personally have given many fertile basque eggs in Canada this year for the price of shipping and have charged nominal fees for eggs in the past. I do this for 2 reasons, one is to share them and increase the population. Secondly anyone paying a lot may want to influence the breed standard to match their birds that they have heavily invested in, and I believe there is nothing wrong with the Basque standard as it is in Spain.

      Many of the people in Canada who own them are relatively new to chickens in the last 5 years and are enjoying them, while trying to do the best for the breed. The Euskal Oiloas Forum is the closest we have to an association, and we were just talking about setting up something more official last month for possible eventual APA proposal. We are no further for now as we are taking our time getting these closer to the standard while learning basic poultry genetics and which poultry genetics apply with these. I hope that answers your questions. Feel free to drop in the forum, we have about 50 members now and you'd be very welcome. We have many pictures of the population we have, at different ages, and "group effort" pic heavy selection threads. There are some nice individuals, but a huge variation still. Hope that helps!

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @juliannegentile: Genglo, thanks for dropping by, chickens are awesome but they really do deserve lots of space! Thanks for the tip too!

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      learned something new. Thanks.

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      Alexandra Douglas 5 years ago from Florida

      WOW! Wonderful lens! THank you for posting!

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      Leilani-m 5 years ago

      Great lens! I have trouble figuring out what breed of chicken I have, since nobody before paid attention to it, so we have a mix of 4-5 breeds :) This one looks really nice, and looks like some of hens I have :)

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @waldenthreenet: Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @Leilani-m: Thanks so much for your kind words. You should send me a picture if there are pure heritage types, I may be able to help ID them. Chickens are great pet and provide breakfast too! If you want to message me we can exchange emails then you can send a picture or two!

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      LeopoldBlatt 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have Indian Runners and Black Leghorns but these varieties you present are new to me. The photos are beautiful especially the day old one.

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @LeopoldBlatt: Thanks for stopping in! If we ever get ducks we want Indian Runners, they are so cute and not as messy as some waterfowl. The Euskal Oiloak are calmer than leghorns but probably don't lay as many eggs!

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      LeopoldBlatt 5 years ago

      @skefflingecho: I don't recommend ducks and prefer hens. Ducks are worse than goats. Some of our ducks, not the runners, flew away...can you believe it? I should have clipped them but I was new to it. Eventually we had so many 'huge' duck eggs that we could not even give them away and the neighbors ran for cover whenever we approached (in case we had more eggs for them lol). Anyhow, thank you for visiting my lenses. Appreciate it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Too many duck eggs? An opportunity. Oriental markets and health food stores might want them, plus people who sell at farmers' markets. Try Craigslist too.

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      WildWilliams 5 years ago

      Thanks for the most intense study of chickens that I have ever read.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed your lens tonight, great and interesting topic to read about, thank you!

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      Guess who just Angel Blessed your lens ... me! That's right; I just became a Squid Angel today and here's some fresh angel dust!!

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @oxfordian: Oh Thank you Oxfordian! How kind! Congratulations on Squidangelhood!! It suits you!

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      nice lens. I like to your information about chicken.

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Fabulous lens! I love learning about different types of chickens.

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @sockii: Thanks for visiting. I am glad you enjoyed this. These are an exceptional breed. And such characters!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I'm all for friendly chickens. Thank you for introducing me to this marvelous breed. Hope to get some this spring.

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @Diana Wenzel: That is great Renaissance Women. They really are remarkable. Everything you want in a homestead flock. If you want birds from Skyline (recommended) you may want to contact now as he has quite a wait list. Thanks for visiting.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how interesting your lens is.

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      knit1tat2 5 years ago

      enjoyed reading about your beautiful chickens, thanks for sharing!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful lens, love those chicks, especially the photo of them sleeping in their grain. Healthy, happy chooks, nice to see. Thanks for sharing Blessed

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Love this Lens, and thanks for helping me complete my "Chicken or Egg Quest". Martha Stewart got me interested in Chickens she visited a show once and aired it on her show.

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      I probably shouldn't get friendly chickens if I'm going to end up eating them!

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      Definitely makes you not want to eat them if they end up as pets. Reminds me of the story of the pig that was a families pet, saved them from a fire, lost a leg. A stranger asks, "What happened to the leg?" The owner, "We ate it." The guy wondered loudly how and why they would eat the leg of a pig that had saved their lives. "A pig like that you can't eat all at once..." (Must've been from Missouri.)

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We have a flock of Chanteclers that have been lots of fun. The kids would like to get some chicks, possibly a different breed as we have a smaller coup that could house 8 -10 The Euskal Oiloa sound great.



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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I am trying to get some 1 dozen of Euskal Oiloa also known as Basques . I can't the chicks or or 2 dozen of fertile eggs deliervey or drop off to me. How can I get them. I have a place in Nova Scotia to dropthem so I can pick them up on my way to Newfoundland from BC the end of June. I am looking email me if someone can help me

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @anonymous: I have three breeding groups separated right now. Would you prefer them shipped straight to Nfld or is the shipping exorbitant? If I ship to NS it's usually 3-4 business days, usually shipped on a Monday to arrive on a Wed to Fri and I'm pretty sure I can't ship on the weeks of 18th or 25th due to other commitments though and I think it would have to be earlier as I need them out of their breeding pens before then. I think i am the only one this far east in Canada shipping them, but Hackmatack Ridge Farm in NS (on the breeder page) may have them. They are moving back to Ontario this year so will depend on whether the farm is sold yet, but pick up may be easier anyway with better hatch rate.

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @earthybirthymum: They are awesome. They come running to your hand in the brooder. They are really nosy and friendly!

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      How fun! Friends of mine have egg-layers. I wonder what kind they are - though I've seen them I have no idea. Not so beautiful as the colors here. Thank you for sharing! Good lens work.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Beautiful animals :)

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Fantastic information! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Love raising chickens. Especially love the delicious fresh eggs they provide for us. I don't know what breeds we have now: one is kind of yellow colored and the other is mostly black. If you had a poll for which tastes better, brown or white eggs, brown would definitely get my vote.


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      PickupTrucksFan1 4 years ago

      Oh no... Now I want another chicken breed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Use to love going out and collecting the eggs, but now that we travel cannot have them nor beautiful birds anymore. But that was our choice. And still miss them though.

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      DarrenVeronica 4 years ago

      Hi Skeffling - thanks for sharing such a wealth of information about this breed. We looked after my cousin's two hens in Madrid for a couple of weeks in Madrid, while my cousin and his wife went on vacation (so glad he lives in spain :-) ) Not sure what breed they were, but they were very inquisitive and friendly. My cousin built a coup for them in the garden, but they a let out most of the time to rule the garden roost. Funny thing is they always jump onto the window ledge outside the room were I work on my computer and they just stand there for like 30 minutes or something, looking in, move their heads from side to side in the way that they do. They crack me up. They both started laying the very first eggs when we were there too, so we got to eat them :-) We are seriously thinking about getting our own hens for laying eggs now. Great lens! Thanks!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I used to have chickens when my husband and I had a cattle ranch. I raised Cochins, just because I thought they were beautiful. I do miss fresh eggs!

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      Liz Mackay 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great pics. Too tired to read, but loved the photos.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      I used to take the new chickens into my hands at my grandma's courtyard - and I still buy free range eggs whenever I can!

      SO good to have your own chicken and eggs - you know exactly what you eat :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Got mine out of Skyline Farms in Tennessee. They seem to be auto-sexing. Male chicks whitish yellow and pullets reddish brown. Noted you say your cockerels are showing more brown now, making sexing iffier. Why are they getting browner? I plan on breeding my lighter cockerels to hopefully keep the distinction. Great birds overall.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Getting them soon. Thanks for the wealth of knowledge in your article. Can't believe they aren't more popular.

      All best!

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      Heidi Reina 3 years ago from USA

      My brother started a small flock of mixed breeds in the Spring. These basque beauties sound wonderful. I'll have to ask him if he's familiar with them. (He also works at a hatchery.)

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      skefflingecho 3 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @EdTecher: Thanks for visiting. All the Euskal oiloas in the USA came indirectly from my birds from eggs that I shipped within Canada! Which is an honor and it's cool to have made so much of an impact with them! They will sell like hotcakes at the hatchery as they are insanely friendly!

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      skefflingecho 3 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @anonymous: Browner cockerels is due to better breeding as they get closer to the standard. They are awesome!

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      m haney ranch 2 years ago

      Picking up a Basque rooster today; young, friendly, told he was a Basque (never heard of the breed prior to this) and all white, told he's white recessive. I am not breeding for show but am now very interested in this breed for its good qualities and would like to know if breeding with a white Basque rooster would produce nice, correct offspring or should I just look to him for my 'mutt' flock as a protector and purchase birds that better meet the standard for the breed? I would like to raise chicks that will be predictable to breed type if possible.

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      Chickychick 2 years ago

      I am intrigued and would love to add some to my flock. Are you selling fertilized eggs or can you mail eggs or chicks? I would love to purchase some :) I am near Ottawa, ON. :)

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