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Working girls

We all know the modern super hen: the red-brown and silver-plumaged hens that are ubiquitous in backyards and commercial operations. Some go by the name ISA Brown, others Hy-Line Brown or Lohmann Brown.

They’re friendly hens that lay astonishingly well in the first and, sometimes, second year and then virtually stop. They bully pen mates, become obsessed with treats and are notorious for feather pecking. Not like the oldfashioned farm breeds, that’s for sure.


Purebreds are the result of years of focused breeding on a specific range of characteristics. These can be counted on to produce the same shape and

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