We have been raising Muirfield Black Rock Pullets for over 25 years. They are the best birds for domestic and small commercial free ranging production. Farms, crofts, smallholdings, gardens all are great places for Black Rocks to roam and lay. Black Rocks are not only great egg layers, but they are really beautiful too.
For many years we also had a Utility poultry and waterfowl breeding programme here at Kintaline – with 16 breeds of chicken and 12 breeds of duck all bred, hatched and raised on the farm for sale. It was a joy to learn from some of the great breeders of our past, and improve on our foundation stocks year on year. It was very sad to have to let them all go, but life changes and we could not longer do the best by the birds. We still have notes on our birds, and the breeds here.
In recent years we are no longer raising chicks here on the farm, but we now get regular deliveries of small batches of growers from the Muirfield hatchery that we raise free range. The adults are so much stronger, healthier and better feathered raised outside on herb rich grazing. In 2016 the hatchery has extended the range of chicks they are producing. You can see the different colours available on the Muirfield Hatchery Website.
In mid summer we can also get Bronze turkey poults – these need to be ordered by end May to be hatched for you. In 2016 our own turkey hens showed they could be good broodies, so we might try them with fertile eggs next year to see how good they are as mums.