Spangled Russian Orloffs
The Livestock Conservatory currently has these animals listed as critically endangered, being one of the rarest birds in the west. Their name orginates from Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, who was a Russian Count. However, these birds were first created in Persia and then distributed to Europe and Asia in the 17th Century.
The Orloff is a tall, well-feathered chicken with a somewhat game-like appearance. The head and neck are very thickly feathered putting it into the rare soft feather:heavy category of the Poultry Club of Great Britian. They appear in several recognized color varieties: Black, White, Spangled, Black-tailed Red, Mahogany, and Cuckoo. Their plumage, combined with their tiny walnut comb, small earlobes and minusculewattles, makes the Orloff a very cold hardy breed.
With incredibly calm personalities, a beautiful plumage and Canada cold ready bodies, we love these birds!
We currently have 3 Orloffs, helping keep this ancient breed alive.
Our Animal Friends
From feathers to hooves, we have a little bit of everything!
Rayne is a lovely Thoroughbred that we adopted 2 yrs ago, she was a " forgotten" pet. Rayne has got a second chance here with us and has turned out to be a strong and sensible trail horse. She is related to the some of the best race horses of all time such as Man o War, Seabiscuit, and War Admiral. We couldn't imagine life without her.
Zazu is a 3 yr old India Blue Peacock. His train is about 4 ft. Each year older a peacock grows, the tail grows too. They can have a train up 7 ft long. In captivity peafowl can live up to 40 years. In the wild an average life span is 20 yrs.
Our peahen is Raja, a 4 yr old India Blue. They are a bonded pair. On average a peahen can lay up to between 3 and 5 eggs per clutch. They may lay up to 5 clutches in a year. This year our peahen has laid 44 eggs. We have hatched several and will have young to sell in the spring. They are extremely fragile babies and take a lot of care to make it to a certain age.