Meet the Chickie-Babes

Our Maple Grove Chickie-Babes have world fame. They have been featured in the Meyer Hatchery catalog as representative models of their respective breeds, and they made in appearance in the UK publication Your Chickens. These are our gorgeous ladies of the flock.  They were all hatched on April 10, 2012 at Meyer Hatchery in Ohio. They are all American Standards.  They are very healthy and free-ranging and lay beautiful large brown eggs. May I introduce . . .

Aussie Umbra, our beautiful Black Australorp. She appears to be the head hen. She's not mean or overly aggressive, but she does give a lot of direction to the other hens, to her advantage of course!  She's more social with us than some of the others are.

This breed originated in Australia in the late 1800's from Black Orpington stock. At that time they were called Australian Black Orpingtons. Further breeding in the United Sates eventually led to the name Black Australorp.


Ruby Red is our gentle Rhode Island Red. I love RIRs. I think they're my favorite breed. They have such a sweet personality, are really beautiful, do really well in cold weather, and are great layers!

Rhode Island Reds were first bred in Rhode Island from a Black Breasted Red Malay cock imported from England. They are a very sturdy breed and do well in cold weather.

Lacey Morse, our Silver Laced Wyandotte.  She's a bit of a nervous girl, and when she's flustered she makes a clucking that sounds like "dit-ditta-dit-dit," thus the name we gave her, for Morse code. She is pretty low in the pecking order.

The Silver Laced was bred in New York in the late 1800's. They are medium size with a rose comb and can be very broody.

Buffy Sentinel, our Buff Orpington. She is not the leader of our flock, but she does take her post and stand guard. You can almost see her taking a head count. I love her fluffy appearance and very sweet disposition.

The Orpingto
ns were named after the town of Orpington, England. They originated as a hybrid breed by crossing Minorcas, Langshans and Plymouth Rocks. The original colors of black, white, buff, blue and splash are recognized by the American Standard. They are large birds, cold hardy, and very good layers.

Della Barker. "Della" because she is a Delaware, and "Barker" because, well, she barks! Della is skiddish, doesn't want to be handled. She is either a very deep sleeper or deaf; I'm still trying to determine which it is. She is slow to notice when the others move on.

The Delaware is a fairly new breed of chicken, originating in Delaware (of course) in 1940 and is a cross between a New Hampshire Red and a Barred Rock (who'd a thunk it?).

Henny Haha is our New Hampshire Red. She is a bit on the timid side with us but can hold her own with the flock.  I have the most difficulty getting photos of her because she is so timid and camera shy. She is a silly girl, amusing us with her antics . . . thus her name.

New Hampshire Reds originated in New Hampshire (of course), and are a relatively new breed (1935). They come from intensified selective breeding of the Rhode Island Red for the purpose of early maturing and egg production.

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  1. I love it! Great names!

    Sonja Twombly of
    Lally Broch Farms

  2. Pretty ladies! Thank you for sharing.

  3. I've found Australorps to be very healthy, long-lived chickens. I have two who will be 7 years old this year, and they still lay frequently.

    1. Wow, that's a long time to be laying. They are such a beautiful breed too, and good natured. Thanks Kristi. ~Katie

  4. I've been researching chicken breeds recently because I want to have a few layers, possibly next year. I've heard the the Buff Orpingtons and Australorps will lay through the winter, so I will probably want those breeds. Your girls look so healthy, and I love the names. I can't wait to get mine, but sadly I will have to wait another year. Do any of yours lay blue or green eggs?

    1. Hi Vicki! All of the chicken breeds I have I selected for their large size, cold hardiness, and because they are good layers of large brown eggs. I'm getting six eggs a day from my six hens. In the winter I was getting 3 a day, so they're production was down by half. A hen's production goes down as she gets older too. They are said to be good producers for about five years. Kristi (above) said she has a couple of Australorps who are seven years old and are still laying.

      As I said, all of these breeds lay brown eggs. If you're interested in a variety of colors, look at this post to see which breed lays which color:

      Thanks for your comment! ~Katie