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A handsome pair of Anconas

Do to time restraints we can now only fly birds on rare occasions, our stockfeed business is taking up much more time these days, we can rail within Victoria but only very young birds now due to a change in Vicrail's policy.

We are 90 mins from the airport so a round trip can take quite some time if you add check in times, plus it is quite expensive now. Some freight companies can be cheaper but you would need to know if they service your area and go to Melbourne/ Geelong.


Our range of poultry services includes:

bulletPure breeds poultry (day old to adult birds)
bulletFertile eggs
bulletEgg incubating service
bulletSchool hatching program
bulletPoultry feed & products

See below for Pricing.  

Be sure to look for seasonal specials on our What's New page, or ring to enquire!


Chickens were first domesticated about 5,000 years ago in India, apparently as much for the production of fighting cocks as for meat and eggs. They were in Egypt by 1400 b.c. and in the British Isles by the time the Romans arrived. The origins of the show breeds are less well known.  Pekins, for example, notable for their feathered legs and the puffy bustles on their backs, came to England from Shanghai in 1845, but it is unclear whether they originated in China or Japan. The Polish Crested dates back to at least 1600.


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This is a Light breed developed in the Mediterranean, which takes it's name from the city of Ancona in Italy.  It is quite a hardy bird, which lays white eggs.  They come in both Standard and Bantam.  The Ancona's feathers are black, some being tipped white, giving the bird a pretty mottled appearance.  In Australia, Anconas also come in Red.  In single-combed hens, the first point should stand straight up, and the rest of the comb should droop to the side.  Rose-combs should have a small nub-comb on both hens & roosters.  We stock Bantam Anconas in both Single and Rose Comb.

Chinese Silky

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White Rooster with Blue & Buff hens

As it's name suggests, the Chinese Silky originated in China.  It is an extremely old breed, mentioned by Marco Polo.  The feathers are very soft, lacking a stiff centre shaft (much like Emu feathers) and their skin is a dark purple; almost black.  The Silky is similar to the Pekin in many ways, being a true bantam which is generally quiet and friendly.  It goes broody readily, is an excellent sitter, and is suitable as a backyard layer and pet.  We stock Silkies in White, Buff, Black & Blue.

New Hampshire

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This breed was developed in New Hampshire about 1915 and they're derived from Rhode Island Reds.  They are an excellent dual purpose breed, being very good layers of large brown eggs.  They're quiet birds which mature quickly.  Highly recommended for a laying flock.  Not inclined to be egg-eaters and good free-range birds.


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Buff Rooster     Cuckoo Rooster    Birchen Rooster & Hen

The Pekin bantam has a very rounded body shape and feathered feet.  It is generally quiet and friendly and is suitable as a backyard layer or pet.  The Pekin goes broody readily, and is an excellent sitter.    We stock Pekins in Buff (shown left), Cuckoo, Birchen, Black, Blue and White.

Jungle fowl   
The Red Jungle Fowl (gallus gallus) are the forebears of all domestic fowls and as such are of immense value to both world food sources and economics.
Over the centuries these birds have been distributed across the world by Explorers and travellers from their main areas of origin in Asia.
Both natural development and selective breeding have contributed to the numerous varieties of fowl which now exist throughout the world.
Inbreeding, hybridisation and genetic engineering efforts in recent decades have taken us even further away from these natural birds.
Therefore the small pockets of jungle fowl still living in the wild are almost living dinosaurs and are of great interest and value
We will not have any of these available for some time but keep in touch, we are looking for others with jungle fowl to add to our bloodlines, or swap eggs or chicks.
Rooster               Hen



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WC Black Pair              WC Blue Rooster    White Crested Blue Chick

The Polish is quite a rare breed in Australia.  It is one of the oldest crested breeds, being known as a pure breed as early as the sixteenth century.  This is an ornamental, non-sitting breed.  Its most prominent feature is the crest of feathers on the head. Males have a more "umbrella-like" crest, whereas hens have a ball-shaped crest.  They can be either bearded or non-bearded, and come in many colours, including:  White Crested Black, White Crested Blue , White, Black, Blue and Buff-laced. 

Now also gold laced polish, not available just yet but eager to swap with other gold laced polish breeders.

Rhode Island Red (RIR)

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The RIR is a modern breed, developed in Rhode Island in the 1830s.  It is one of the best known breeds and is a good layer, producing large brown eggs.  It is also a good dual purpose breed with cocks weighing about 4kg and hens about 3.5kg.


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The Rosecomb is a true bantam, having no large equivalent.  It was developed in England as an Exhibition fowl, rather than utility bird.  It is bred in Black, Blue and White, with the most common colour being Black.  Lays creamy white eggs.

Speckled Sussex

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Rooster                Hen

The Sussex is a fairly modern breed, developed around the turn of the century in England.   They are a Heavy breed which is a good table bird and a fairly good layer of light brown eggs.  The Sussex also comes in Red, Buff, Brown and Silver, and the Light Sussex which is better as a layer than a table bird.  We stock the Speckled Sussex.  Adult males weigh about 4kg and hens about 3kg. 


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The Welsummer originated in the town of Welsum in Holland.  It is a fairly modern breed, developed at the beginning of the 20th century.  Welsummers lay very large, very dark red-brown eggs.  They are a Heavy, Soft -feathered breed, and good foragers.  The roosters are very pretty with their red-black colouring and bright chestnut-gold hackles.  The hens a nice red-brown, with gold pencilling down the centre of each feather.


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Buff Columbian roo.   Gold Laced Hen

Wyandottes are a modern breed developed in America.  They are a large light breed and good utility birds, laying good-sized brown eggs.  They also come in Bantam size.  We now have Wyandottes in Gold Laced, Blue, and Buff Columbian.  







Fertile Eggs    
 - Eggs, Chinese Silkies & Pekins 1 dozen $30.00
 - Eggs, wyandottes buff columbian & Gold laced &Polish 1 dozen $30.00
 - Eggs, Other Breeds (rosecomb, bantam ancona etc) 1 dozen $25.00
 - Freight Costs, eggs
   (average prices, depending 
   upon destination)
 - Add $1 per dozen thereafter
1 dozen $11.00
2 dozen $13.00
3 dozen $14.00
Day old, unsexed each $6.00
1 week old, (unsexed) each $6.00
4 weeks old, each  
Point of Lay    
 - Pullets, Polish each $30.00
 - Pullets, New Hampshire each $20.00
 - Pullets, other breeds each $25.00
 - Cockerels each $12.00
Incubating service per egg $2.00

We freight poultry interstate in Pet Crates (see Products page).  Freight costs are based on destination.  For example, 2 dozen x 2 week old chicks to Sydney would be $230, including crate and chicks.

Other Poultry

Chinese Geese

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Difficult to keep as a commercial/production bird because of their low egg production, Geese have become most popular as watchdogs, foragers, and ornamental birds.  Geese of any age are excellent foragers and can be used for weed control in certain crops (such as corn, cotton, ornamental plants, strawberries and sugar-beet, as well as in orchards and vineyards), eating the weeds but not the crops.  Provide adequate shade and drinking water, and a little prepared food in evening.  Allow 7 to 15 geese per hectare.  They also make quite good "watchdogs"; all breeds are suitable for this to some extent, but the Chinese are the most popular.  Chinese also have the highest egg production of the various breeds, laying up to 50 eggs per year.  They're quite long-lived birds, with life-span of up to 25 years.  

Guinea Fowl

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Young Guinea Keet                Pearl male with Lavender females

Guinea Fowl are native to Africa.  They're rather noisy birds and not well suited to a suburban location.  They are good free-ranging birds which will eat most insects in your yard/garden and are particularly effective for clearing up ticks.  Guineas are good sitters, often laying their eggs out in the fields and hatching their young by themselves.  Young guinea fowl are called keets.  They are very susceptible to damp during the first two weeks, but extremely hardy after that age.


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Muscovy trio

The Muscovy is not a true duck and it is now generally accepted that the Muscovy is in a class of its own, related to both ducks and geese.   A very large bird, it comes in 2 sizes - Standard and Giant.  It often has a distinctive marbled pattern, and comes in White, Black & White and Blue & White.  The Muscovy is an excellent layer (producing large greenish coloured eggs) and is a better sitter than most ducks.  They have been known to hatch clutches of up to 25 ducklings (or chicks!) and are usually very good at raising their brood.





Chinese Geese    
 - Goslings, 4 weeks each $10.00
 - Adults each $20.00
Guinea Fowl    
 - Keets each $10.00
 - Adults each $20.00
 - Ducklings, day old each $5.00
 - Ducklings, 4 weeks each $10.00
 - Adults each $20.00


Doneks Pigeons

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Mottle                            Red Baldhead

Doneks originated in the countries of Greece, Turkey, and Yugoslavia. The birds were selected and trained for their ability to dive.  They can dive either with spin, or straight diving without spin.  Both dives can be done from high or low altitudes and at various speeds.  Doneks put on a great air-show.   Doneks carry self, grizzled and pied colour patterns and come in every colour possible.  

Doneks and other diving birds are stimulated to dive by the release of a dropper from your loft.  Sometimes, and unfortunately, Doneks will dive because of passing wild birds, stopping a team from reaching the altitude you were trying for. The dropper is the key to flying Doneks, and you should place as much value on the dropper as you do the flyers. Developing your droppers should be one of your first priorities. The best dropper for a Donek is another Donek, although Fantails and show breeds can be used as well.

Birmingham Rollers





Doneks 1 Pair $50.00
Birmingham Rollers 1 Pair $20.00


Please note pictures and descriptions are from other sources, some are pictures of our own birds, we do not breed for show purposes but as a hobby,  as bloodlines of some birds are unknown there can be variances at times beyond our control. for example we cannot guarantee all welsumer eggs are dark brown, this is our aim but it is not always the case due to individual birds, time of year,etc

We also cannot guarantee all birds hatched will turn out perfect colour etc, this is of course our aim though.

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