Feistyfowl Rare Breed Chickens

The Feistyfowl rare breed chicken collection began with Ian & Janet's daughter Jen Berry having the idea that a few rare breed hens would be a nice addition to the general farm flock ... we now have about 14 pure breeds and a some hybrids including Barnevelders, Black Leghorns,  Cream Legbars,   Marans, Splash, Black and Blue Wyandottes and Shetlands . We have a cross between Cream Legbar and Maran which we call Marsbars.  They lay olive green eggs.. We also have crosses between Lavender Pekin bantam and Shetland hens.  These are variable in size and colour.  Some look like the Pekin bantam, but with the bouffant hairstyle of the Shetlands.  Click here if you are interested in buying hens or eggs.

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The Maran hens are most notable for their lovely large dark brown eggs, and are good layers. They are classed as a heavy breed and one of our Marans is top of the free range flock pecking order. We have Cuckoo coloured Marans in our flock.

Cream Legbars

These pretty hens are consistent layers of pale sky blue eggs of a good size. The Cream Legbar's crest and blue eggs show their historic origins from the Araucana breed. They are an auto sexing breed, which means that cockerels and hens can be identified as soon as they hatch. We have crossed the Cream Legbar and Maran to produce our own "Marsbar" hybrid, which lays olive eggs.

Shetland or Galleon hens with Araucana origins

The first historical record of the breed is in the 1880s where it was discovered being raised by the Araucana Indians, thence its name. However, it is believed that on his trip around the world in 1519 Ferdinand Magellan stopped in the Santa Lucia Bay and stocked his ships with fowl from the Guarani Indians who are believed to be related to the Araucana Indians who possessed the Araucana fowls.

It is reported that after the Armada, a Spanish galleon was shipwrecked off the coast of the Shetland Islands and the hens went ashore with the crew.  The survivors from these hens are still kept on a rare breed farm on Shetland.  We have now got a small number hatched from the eggs of the Shetland hens.

The hens are multicoloured, but all have the typical bouffant hair style. They are placid in nature and lay reasonably well. The eggs are pastel, lime green.


Barnevelders are well known to be reliable layers of lovely dark brown eggs. They are an average weight chicken, and together with their pretty double laced feathers and egg laying abilities, this makes them a good all round utility breed. The feathers are really beautiful on a sunny day, with a beetle green/black sheen.

Lavender Pekin Bantam

The Lavender Pekin Bantam is a small bird, with feathery feet.  They are reputed to be good broodies,  Ours have proved to be good mothers, but have only gone broody in 2 years since we first started.

Black Leghorn

Black Leghorns are less common than the white coloured variety, which is one of the most popular commercial egg laying strains worldwide. Our Black Leghorns have proven to be trouble free birds, laying a good sized white egg, with good hatching rates.