Does this sound like a strange question?
Not what breed is my chicken…. not what kind of chicken is this…. what color is my chicken?
When I placed my first hatchery order for the minimum 25 chicks, I went for “hatchery choice” because it was the least expensive way to get a wide variety of chickens. It also happens to be a good way to get a box of roosters, but I didn’t know that at the time…. the story makes for a very funny book, “Just a Couple of Chickens”, which I wrote in 2009.
I spent the next two years trying to figure out what chickens I had. I used their:
- comb configuration,
- feather shape,
- body size,
- laying habits,
- and most of all, their feather colors.
Inside each breed can be different colors and patterns and feather types, layers and layers of speciality that go deeper and deeper until I am totally lost.
This is where poultry shows are so exciting. The breeds and colors and patterns and feather types are all presented in perfect order, with experts and judges and breeders standing right there, ready to talk!
Which is how I learned about my new favorite color for a chicken… called “Crele”
It is a kind of coppery, gold, buttered, barred, starred, glorious cascade of tawny, scintillating, auriferous, honey-tinted feathers.
But it seems to be best on the roosters. Which is a problem, as there are no roos in my future. Urban chickens are not roosters.
Okay, but what about the Crele Penedesenca Hen! Now there’s an aurulent, caramelized bedecked neck of feathers…
I’m not sure that backyard chickens is so much a hobby as it is a… condition.