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Nestled in Nova Scotia's breathtaking Annapolis Valley lies 165 acres of prime agriculture land and home to Hidden Meadow Farm.
Home to rare and heritage livestock, organic veggies, herbs and cut flowers.
Preserving the past,Enjoying the present,
Sustaining the Future.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
The Russian Orloff
The Russian Orloff chicken has found itself in somewhat of a predicament.
Topping the critically rare list at the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy means that they have found themselves in a category of less the 500 breeding birds in the USA and fewer then 1000 in the world.
The Orloffs share this category with several other breeds including Campine,Chantecler,Crevecoeur,Holland,Modern Game,Nankin,Redcap,Spanish,Sultan,Sumatra and the Yokohama.
Orloff's are a striking bird and have quickly became one of my favorite breeds here on the farm.
I choose to keep the Spangled variety of Ofloff,they are colored similar to a Speckled Sussex.
Although they come in red,Mahogany and white and at one time they were available in black,mottled,black red breasted and buff.
"The Spangled feather has a distinct marking of contrasting color at the extremity of a feather, proximally shaped like a well defined 'V' with a rounded end in some varieties and curved sides or pear-shaped in other varieties. Others are half-moon shaped. The spangle always are black in color and are found in combination with silver or gold ground color or white in color and separated from bay or brown ground color by a black bar. Spangling can be diagonal elongated black marking on the web."
My rooster is stunning with his hawk type looks and tall stance.
My hen is my favorite chicken in the barn,she is incredibly friendly,calm, quiet and easily handled..
Every morning while doing chores Miss.Tilly fly's up and lands on my shoulder,she is always chattering away as if she is telling me story's about the others in the barn.
One of the main distinction's of the Russian Orloff is the extreme hardiness of the breed, they will withstand cold weather and survive when other breeds cannot.
They are good setters and mothers and are fantastic layers their first year of pale brown medium sized eggs,even through the cold winter months they continue to lay.
Egg production drops off drastically in their second year and each year after, but saying this they were primarily favored for meat production.
After becoming nearly extinct in the last century I hope the Russian Orloff will once again become popular as a duel purpose breed,they are truly a beautiful, gentle bird.
When you are considering your next poultry addition why not consider the Russian Orloff, I'm glad I did.