Isn't she a pretty girl? This breed is called a Polish, also known as a "Top Hat" chicken because of the feathers poking out of the top of her head like some crazy Rod Stewart impersonator. These chickens' head-dresses are so lush and full, they sometimes obscure their eyes, much like a hairy Lhaso Apso dog. Her coloring is called "buff lace" because of the delicate white edging around her beige-colored feathers.
With chickens, we just can't call them a regular color name, like beige or grey. For some reason, the poultry breeders have to sex it up a bit and euphemize it, much like nail polish. "Red" is changed to "Hot Kiss" and "Pink" is not going to sell unless it's named "Valentine Ice."
So the same with chickens. We call brown "buff" and grey "silver." Is this more than you wanted to know about chicken colors? Perhaps for most of you it is. But for the few of you who have thought it might be cool to have your own hens for homegrown eggs (not ANYTHING like store-bought eggs, mind you) and manure to enrich your compost pile, then you might be interested in my "Keeping Chickens" class that I'll be having on April 19th.
You don't need to live in the country to keep a few hens. You can do so with proper planning in your backyard. At this class, you'll learn how to keep baby chicks happy and healthy until they are full sized and start laying eggs. You'll learn what to feed them, how big of a yard they need, how to keep them from flying out, how to get them to lay eggs throughout the winter months when they usually stop laying.
You get to take home three baby girl chicks (no roosters - your neighbors will thank you), along with supplies to keep them happy until you can build or buy a proper coop (about a six week window). We'll talk about coop design and a simple do-it-yourself plan will be one of the hand-outs.
The three chicks you get will be a Polish like the cutie in the picture, a Cochin, like my previous post, found here, and an Araucana chick. Each breed lays a different egg color, so you will end up with white, brown and green eggs, like those shown in this gorgeous photo taken of our eggs by Pim Techamuanvivit.
So if any of you in the greater California Bay Area want to come learn about chickens, click here to be directed to my "Upcoming Classes/Events" page.