We offer fertile hatching eggs, and day old chicks for sale in the spring, we also have a small number of adult birds for sale throughout the year.
The chocolate gene responsible for the chocolate colour was discovered by the late Dr. Clive Carefoot around 1993-1994. It is a rare Sex-Linked Recessive gene that is basically a dilution of black pigment. This means that out of a pair of genes, the female will be chocolate with just one copy of the gene but the male requires two copies of the choc gene to look chocolate. This also means that black males can look black, but can be carrying one copy of the chocolate gene which can be passed to his prodgeny.
Chocolate Orpingtons are slow to feather up. This is thought to be a direct result of the choc gene. Black Orpingtons are slow at feathering up but Chocolate Orps are even slower. They lay a slightly tinted egg.
Our Chocolates are a breeding project, and our current breeders are F2, meaning that they have been crossed for two generations onto larger black Orpingtons, in an effort to produce standard size Chocolate Orpingtons. We have been very happy with the increase in size with several of our birds producing almost standard size eggs and pullets averaging over 7 lbs.