The Ideal Homestead Chicken Breed
Are you looking for a dual-purpose, strong foraging, fast growing chicken breed to keep? American Bresse may be a good choice. Originating from France over 500 years ago, American Bresse are gaining popularity across small farms and homesteads, and for good reason. These birds deliver a hefty carcass of flavorful meat, and lay baskets-full of large, tinted eggs. Not to mention they have a strong foraging instinct and respond well to limited feed. What more can you ask in a dual-purpose breed? To learn more about this special breed, visit ambresse.com
Starting in Spring 2023, Humblebee Farms will be offering hatching eggs and day-old chicks. Our breeding program is focused on developing a bird that is naturally disease resistant, strong foragers, and gentle dispositions.
Our Approach to Chicken Keeping
All of our pullets and cockerels start in a brooder in our home. Not kept in a shed or shut up in the barn. Why do we think this is important? Frequent handling ensures our chickens are well socialized. As a result, we can bend down and pick up many of our hens anytime. Even our rooster will come right up to you for a visit. Friendly chickens make chicken keeping easier. We can easily do wellness checks and perform any needed care like the occasional check for mites and bumblefoot. It’s also just so much more enjoyable to have friendly chickens in the yard!
Besides handling our chicks from day one, we do the following to maintain health and vigor:
- Start with organic feed from day 1.
- Supplement feed with kelp powder, brewers yeast, probiotics, and garlic powder.
- Supplement water with naturally antibacterial oregano oil.
- When we do suspect illness or parasites, treat with chlorine dioxide.
- After 2 months, transition chicks from dry feed to fermented and restrict feeding to twice a day
- After 6 months, transition young chickens to feeding once a day
- Get chicks outside in tractors as soon as possible, weather permitting.
- Free-range all chickens during the day with at least 100 square feet of space per chicken.
We do not vaccinate our chicks or treat with traditional antibiotics or deworming agents. Remember, the goal is naturally healthy chickens.
If you are interested in our hatching eggs, chicks, or young chickens, please fill out our order form to be added to our waiting list for spring 2024 availability. Depending on the weather, we plan to first start offering hatching eggs in February and chicks in March. Due to strong demand, hatching eggs are limited to 3 dozen and chicks are limited to two dozen. Questions? Please use the contact form anytime!
We are a small operation. And fell in love with the American Bresse because of its utility as a true dual purpose breed and heritage as a free-roaming chicken. We raise all our breed stock on quality, organic feed and the bugs they collect free-ranging every day. We only select mamas based on the traits outlined above and never breed a chicken that has been sick. With this in mind, we can not and will not compete with the large-scale hatcheries or local big-box store with a tub-full of chicks. From time to time we will review our pricing as we scale.
American Bresse – Hatching Eggs
American Bresse – Chicks
Shipping – Hatching Eggs
Shipping – Chicks $45-$55
$5.00 each/ $50 per dozen
$25-$45 per dozen