Hackle Growers Welcome

Chicken growers WELCOME!

This blog is your opportunity to ask questions and learn what experiences hackle growers do to grow beautiful and ornamental chickens.

Not all chicken growers want to grow ornamental chickens for sale but wish to have these beautiful birds roaming their property as eye candy.

But on the other hand if the hackle growing bug has bitten you have come to the right place to learn and share your experiences with other like minds.


Tallow Hill Farms

6 comments on “Hackle Growers Welcome

  1. Ed Clark on said:

    Hi, I have been raising and breeding phoenixs and barred rocks for a few years. I recently started raising genetic hackle stock from Ken at Beaverkill ValleyHackle . I am friends with Alvin Theriault of Staceyville,Me. I have visited with Alvin and picked his brain every chance I have. Trying to skin these birds is the hardest thing for me too learn. I have destroyed way to many capes and saddles in the process. Can someone please make a tutorial video. I only raise for my own fly tying needs but would like to do a better job at processing them. Sincerely Ed Clark

  2. Ed Clark on said:

    Genetics-Visited with Alvin Theriault today and picked his brain of breeding for specific colors. The silver badgers crossed with a grey or black dun will yield the prized grizzly or grizzly variant. His latest crosses are yielding 18″ saddles in the size 18-22 range. Beautiful birds to say the least.

  3. admin on said:

    Hi Ed

    silver badger and dun cross?
    somewhere one of those birds is carrying the grizzly gene to get grizzly.

    How old where the birds that are yielding the 18″ saddles?

    Ed, where are you located?

    Do you have any pictures of your birds?

    I am making many crosses this year between Phoenix and Americaunas, last year was the first F1, will be interesting to see what my F2s will give me this year.

    Did you have any luck with your phoenix X barred rock crosses?

    Are you happier with working the Genetic Hackle Birds for getting roosters with good long saddles?


  4. Ed Clark on said:

    Hi ,We are located just outside of Bangor,Me. My phoenix/ barred rock crosses are 11 months old now and i will be thinning out the flock soon.Most of the saddle hackles are grizzley and in the size 8-12 range up to 14″ long.My flock of genetic hackle from Alvin Theriaults line are just starting to lay eggs.Most of the genetic hackle line are silver badger with just one grizzley variant rooster.Been tying griffin’s knats and hornbergs in size 14 and caught over 100 trout last season.

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