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Willandra Poultry

        Uniquely Different...

Willandra Poultry is a breeder and exhibitor of both rare and imported breeds, situated in Cooks Gap near Mudgee, New South Wales.
We are committed to the conservation of rare poultry breeds and ensuring we breed to the relevant Australia Poultry Standards in both an ethical and sustainable manner.
About us

Dare to be different!

We purchased "Willandra", a 25 acre property in Cooks Gap NSW in October 2018. Not long after, we obtained 10 crossbreed layers so we could enjoy some farm fresh eggs. Little did we know this would be the start of our chicken obsession! We started by collecting various layers to create a 'coloured egg' laying pen. These we now on-sell direct from the farm-gate to the public as "Wonders Of Willandra". The first lot of rare breed poultry we purchased were a Vorwerk quad. As an avid collector of Volkswagen cars, I had to have a "VW" German breed of chicken... and as they say the rest is history!

Here at Willandra we love the weird and unusual stuff! It also helps that we are passionate about the conservation of various critically endangered poultry breeds here in Australia and working with other like-minded breeders to engage with the public and thrust some of these wonderful breeds into the spotlight. 

Our aim is to always breed to Australia Standards, constantly improving our breeding and show stock as well as making them more accessible to the general public whether that be as pretty backyard additions, serious breeders and for avid exhibitors alike.

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Our Breeds

Below is some information regarding the heritage rare breeds and varieties we keep here at Willandra Poultry.

Vorwerk

Rare Breed, Imported to Australia by Avgen in 2015
  • Origin: Germany

  • Classification: Light Breed, Softfeather

  • Colours: Buff and Black

  • Uses: Table, Eggs

  • Egg Size & Colour: Medium, Cream to Tinted

  • Egg Production: Average 170 per year

  • Comb: Medium Size, single, serrated

Facts
The Vorwerk originates from Hamburg, Germany and was developed around 1900 by Oscar Vorwerk who gave his name to the breed. It has the same belted pattern as the Lakenvelder only with buff replacing the white. They are thought to have been developed from the Lakenvelders, Orpingtons, Ramelslohers and Andalusions and were first shown in 1912.
They are good utility birds, powerful and compact with broad backs and a deep, rounded breast. They were nearly lost altogether after the second world war and are still considered rare. The breed is hardy, adaptable, alert and active with an economical appetite. The hens are good layers of cream coloured eggs.

Polish

Rare Breed - Standard Size
  • Origin: Eastern Europe

  • Classification: Light Breed, Softfeather

  • Colours: Black,Buff,Chamois or Buff Laced, Cuckoo, Gold Laced, Lavender, Silver Laced, Splash, White, White Crested Black, White Crested Blue, White Crested Cuckoo, White Crested Splash Frizzle Polish.

  • Uses: Exhibition, Eggs

  • Egg Size & Colour: Medium-Large White

  • Egg Production: Average 150 per year

  • Comb: Horn Type and very small (if any). Preference given to no comb

FACTS

This ancient breed is of uncertain ancestry although poultry historians believe the Polish chickens were brought from Spain to Holland when the Spaniards occupied the Lowlands. Credit is given to the Dutch for refining the colour patterns and developing the crests. Varieties may be smooth faced, muffled or bearded.The white crested varieties must be smooth without muffling, the laced varieties must be bearded and muffled and all other varieties may be muffled, bearded or smooth faced. Their full crests can make them easily surprised and tending towards the timid side as well as being more prone to attack from aerial predators. The hens are productive egg layers during Spring.
Fun, friendly, quirky chickens with personality and good looks! Hens are generally calm and gentle birds making them suitable for both children and backyard enthusiasts alike.

La Flèche

Rare Breed, Imported to Australia by Avgen in 2015

  • Origin: La Flèche, France

  • Classification: Heavy Breed, Softfeather

  • Colours: Glossy Black with Green Reflections

  • Uses: Exhibition, Table

  • Egg Size & Colour: Medium-Large White

  • Egg Production: Average 180 per year

  • Comb: V Shaped Comb and remains of a small crest. Often referred to as Devil's Head due to the horn-like parallel points.

FACTS 

Poule de la Flèche is a rare French breed that was once famous for its fine quality meat, the skin of which is also particularly white. They are good foragers but can be flighty and tend to shy away from human contact.
They like to roost in trees and require two metre+ fencing to contain them. Numbers fell heavily after the Second World War and there has been gradual recovery thanks to a French rescue effort.
The hens are good layers and not known for being broody.

Indian Game (Cornish)

Rare Variety, Blue Laced - Standard Size

  • Origin: Cornwall, England

  • Classification: Heavy Breed, Hardfeather

  • Colours: Dark, Jubilee, Double Laced Blue & White

  • Uses: Table

  • Egg Size & Colour: Medium-Large Tinted

  • Egg Production: 160-180 per year

  • Comb: Pea type, closely set on the head.

FACTS 

The breed has been developed for its abundant quantity of breast meat.
The Indian Game is upright, commanding and courageous. A powerful and broad bird that is active, sprightly and vigorous. They are also known as Cornish and are used for cross-breeding.
They are in both bantam and standard sizes, are generally easy to handle and make good mothers.

Crevecoeur

Rare Breed, Imported to Australia by Avgen in 2014

  • Origin: North West France

  • Classification: Heavy Breed, Softfeather

  • Colours: Most commonly Black with drak blue-grey legs

  • Uses: Meat, Eggs, Exhibition

  • Egg Size & Colour: Medium White

  • Egg Production: 120 per year

  • Comb: V-Shaped.

  • Temperament: Friendly, easily handled, bears confinement well, quiet, docile, active

  • Broodiness: Seldom

FACTS 

The Crevecouer is among the oldest of the French breeds and it was thought to have virtually disappeared after the Second World War. Recovery of the breed commenced in 1976 by Jean-Claude Periquet.
Like the Houdan it has four toes, but a V shaped comb like that of La Fleche. 

Appenzeller Spitzhauben

Rare Breed, Imported to Australia by Avgen in 2016

  • Origin: National Breed of Switzerland

  • Classification: Light Breed, Softfeather

  • Colours: Gold & Silver Spangled, Chamois

  • Uses: Eggs, Ornamental

  • Egg Size & Colour: Medium sized White

  • Comb: V-Shaped.

FACTS 

Appenzeller Spitzhauben are not yet a recognised breed in the current Australian Poultry Standards but hopefully will be included in APS 3rd Edition (yet to be released). Appenzellers are hardy in Winter and also tolerate heat well. They are known to rarely go broody and have an active, alert personality, not at all docile, loving to roost in trees and excellent foragers which prefer to free-range rather than confinement.
They lay around 3 medium sized white eggs a week on average and are white-skinned.They are believed to be formed from the crossings of Brabanter, a Dutch breed, Crevecouers and La Fleche. They were nearly wiped out during the WW2 Conflict.

Sumatra

Rare Breed, Imported to Australia by Avgen in 2014

  • Origin: Sumatra, Indonesia

  • Classification: Light Breed, Softfeather

  • Colours: Black, Blue, Splash

  • Uses: Exhibition

  • Egg Size & Colour: Small White

  • Comb: Pea type.

FACTS 

Sumatras are primarily an ornamental breed kept for their attractive plumage. Most often they are a lustrous black with a green sheen throughout the body and tail.
Cocks weigh 2.25–2.70 kilograms, and hens about 1.80 kg.Hens are poor layers with yearly totals of eggs amounting to about 100 white eggs a year, and are exceptionally susceptible to broodiness. Both males and females have small to nonexistent wattles, and males often have multiple spurs on each leg.
The breed is considered a primitive one; the Sumatra retains a strong flying ability, unlike most modern chicken breeds. The males will usually fight for dominance.

Silkies

Great for backyards and Kids Pets

  • Origin: Asia

  • Classification: Light Breed, Softfeather

  • Colours: Black, Blue, Grey, Splash, Buff, Partridge, White 

  • Uses: Eggs, Ornamental

  • Egg Size & Colour: Small Tinted-Cream

  • Egg Production: 100 per year

  • Temperament: Friendly, Calm

  • Comb: Walnut, Bearded and Non-Bearded.

FACTS 

The Silkie (sometimes spelled Silky) is a breed of chicken named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk and satin. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens only have four.
In addition to their distinctive physical characteristics, Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. It is among the most docile of poultry. Hens are also exceptionally broody, and care for young well. Though they are fair layers themselves, laying only about three eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species due to their broody nature.
Silkie chickens are very easy to keep as pets. They are suitable for children, but like any pet, should be handled with care.

Japanese Quail (Coturnix)

Small and Inexpensive to Keep

  • Origin: Asia

  • Classification: Quail

  • Colours: English white, Golden range, Red range, Italian, Manchurian, Tibetan, Rosetta, Scarlett, Roux dilute and Golden tuxedo

  • Uses: Eggs, Table

  • Egg Size & Colour: Small Mottled Brown

  • Egg Production: 200 per year

  • Lifespan: 2 - 2 1/2 years

FACTS 

The Japanese quail, (Coturnix japonica), is a species of Old World quail found in East Asia. First considered a subspecies of the common quail, it was distinguished as its own species in 1983.
Japanese quail are hardy birds that thrive in small cages and are inexpensive to keep. They are affected by common poultry diseases but are fairly disease resistant. 
Japanese quail mature in about 6 weeks and are usually in full egg production by 50 days of age. With proper care, hens should lay 200 eggs in their first year of lay. Life expectancy is only 2 to 2½ years.

Sebastopol Geese

Rare Breed, also known as 'Danubian'

  • Origin: European

  • Classification: Light 

  • Appearance: Whites have blue eyes and the buffs have brown eyes. The breed is subdivided into curly or smooth depending on whether breast feathers are curly or smooth but the remainder of feathers are curly.

  • Uses: Ornamental

  • Egg Size & Colour: Large White

  • Egg Production: Average 25-35 per year

FACTS 

Sebastopol Geese are predominantly bred for ornamental purposes as the plumage on their body is long, white and curly. Due to the curliness of the feathers, Sebastopol geese cannot fly well (even more so than geese in general). Both the female and male Sebastopol grow to approximately 5 kg, which classifies them as a light goose breed.

On average the females produce 25-35 eggs per year. Sebastopol require an adequate water supply in order to keep their feathers clean. They are not aggressive and tend to be broody.

Guinea Fowl

Excellent Natural Pest Control

  • Origin: Africa

  • Classification: Guinea Fowl

  • Colours: Pearl, Lavender, Chocolate, Ivory, Cinnamon, Silver, Peach & Periwinkle (also pied varieties of each)

  • Uses: Pest Control, Table

  • Egg Production: Less than 100 annually

FACTS 

Guinea fowl are not like chickens, they truly are one of the quirkiest birds around. They have a unique sense of style. They aren’t afraid to make a bit of noise. They are quintessentially homebodies. They are paradoxically both protectors and bullies. With this is mind, it’s essential that you understand what you are getting yourself in for if you decide to get a couple of Guineas for you garden.
Some people (like ourselves) fall absolutely head over heels in love with these funky little creatures but it's important that you understand their peculiarities before you let them loose in your garden.

Heritage Turkey

Nine Rare Varieties currently recognised in the Australia Poultry Standards (2nd Edition)

  • Varieties: Black, Blue, Bourbon Red, Bronze, Buff , Narragansett , Royal Palm , Slate ("recessive" in Australia - different to Slate in the USA) , White

  • Uses: Table, Eggs, Exhibition

FACTS 

Unlike chickens, ducks and geese, which are made up of a number of different breeds, domestic turkeys comprise but one breed, with a number of varieties. 
A heritage turkey is one which:
  1. can mate naturally.
  2. is adaptable to variations in its surroundings e.g. food, weather.
  3. has a life-span of at least five years.
  4. has played a role in the development of the Australian turkey industry.
We are pleased to be 1 of only 7 breeding hubs throughout Australia chosen by the AHTSI to breed the rarest of varieties, the Black Turkey.

Buff Orpington

Family Friendly Fluffy Bums

  • Origin: British 

    Classification: Large Breed, Softfeather

    Colours: Black, Blue, Buff, White

    Uses: Dual Purpose - Meat/Eggs

    Egg Size & Colour: Large Light Brown 

    Egg Production: 190 per year

    Temperament: Friendly, Calm, Docile 

    Comb: Single.

FACTS 

Their calm, docile and friendly nature lends them to a family oriented flock. They interact well with people and I don’t believe they have a mean bone in their body.

Because of their non-aggressive nature, they should not be put with more aggressive breeds such as Rhode Island Reds or Welsummers – they are likely to get picked on and be at the bottom of the pecking order.

If you are a town/city dweller, the buff is a very quiet bird, ideally suited for confinement in a smallish yard. They are a great bird for beginners as they are so easy to handle and are fairly low maintenance.

The only downside to this beauty is their tendency towards broodiness. However, if you wish to raise your own chicks, then the buff is a perfect fit for you! They are good mothers and care very well for the chicks.

High temperatures are not well tolerated, so shade, ventilation and lots of space should be provided for these large birds. Winter is a breeze for them with their extra fluffy feathers; they simply shake off the cold

Transylvanian Naked Necks

Hardy, Resilient & Unusual Birds, imported by Avgen in 2016

  • Origin: Transylvania - Romania 

    Classification: Large Breed, Softfeather

    Colours: Black, Blue, Buff, White, Red, Cuckoo 

    Uses: Dual Purpose - Meat/Eggs

    Egg Size & Colour: Medium Light Brown

    Egg Production: 104 per year

    Temperament: Cold & Heat Tolerant 

    Comb: Single.

FACTS 

True to its name, the Naked Neck’s most prominent physical characteristic is its naked neck. This chicken’s genetic makeup somehow decided that there would be no feathers on its bright red neck. However, the Naked Neck still sports a dashing hairpiece atop its head in the form of a few sparse feathers.
The Naked Neck is a large standard chicken, and comes in bantam size as well. We only have large standard size here at Willandra.
They are actually quite cold-hardy. As long as they are given appropriate shelter and insulation for a cold winter.
Since the Naked Neck is already half-naked, compared to other chickens, they do extremely well in hot weather also. While your fluffier chickens may pant and search for shade, your Naked Necks will be going about business as usual!
Naked Necks are a friendly, dual-purpose, chicken that just looks a little different than the rest of the flock. When it comes down to it, they are a unique conversation starter that is happy to provide eggs and pest control for your family.

Japanese Bantams

The Tiniest of Ninjas!

  • Origin: Japan 

  • Classification:True Bantam (meaning they don't have a large sized counterpart)

  • Colours: Barred, Birchen, Black, Black Tailed Buff, Black Tailed White, Brown Red, Mottled, Wheaten, White

  • Uses: Ornamental

  • Egg Size & Colour: Small Cream/Tinted

  • Egg Production: 75 per year

  • Temperament: Kid Friendly, easily tamed, quirky personalities 

  • Comb: Single.

FACTS 

Here at Willandra we breed black tailed white and white Japanese Bantams but often have non-standard colour pets available.

They are a hit with children with their cool upright tails and short stumpy legs.

They are easily handled and take up little room. 

French Wheaten Marans

Chocolate Coloured Eggs!

  • Origin: France

  • Classification: Softfeather Heavy

  • Colours: black, copper-black, dark cuckoo, golden cuckoo and silver cuckoo

  • Uses: Dual Purpose, Meat/Eggs

  • Egg Size & Colour: Large Dark Brown

  • Egg Production: 150-200 per year

  • Temperament: Docile Temperament, athletic, good foraging skills. 

  • Comb: Single.

FACTS 

These birds are friendly, sociable and active. Roosters are very calm and can co-habitat nicely with each other. French Wheaten Marans are bred to lay dark chocolate eggs and are considered gourmet eggs. With the dark eggs during the laying cycle, as with all fowl eggs, the color will lighten as the laying season progresses. These are some beautiful birds to be on the farm and a great addition to your flock

Crested Cream Legbars

Auto-sexing with blue eggs!

  • Origin: United Kingdom

  • Classification: Softfeather Light

  • Colours: gold, silver & cream

  • Uses: Eggs

  • Egg Size & Colour: Gold Legbar - Medium white or cream eggs, Cream Legbar - blue/green eggs

  • Egg Production: 180 per year

  • Temperament: Forager

  • Comb: Single.

FACTS 

These birds are an auto-sexing breed, which means you can tell the sex of chicks as day olds by their down colour. The difference between the male (who is lighter in appearance and has a yellow ‘spot’ on the top of his head) and the female (who has a darker back with darker ‘stripes’). These hens lay a lovely blue coloured egg.

Golden Pheasants

Spectacular Colours!

Females are a dull brown with a mottled appearance and a lighter head.

Males grab all the attention with their bright golden head and red-tipped crest, and vivid scarlet breast.

  • The “cape” or ruff is cinnamon with dark edges which gives it a striped appearance.

  • Their upper back is green; their wings are dark brown and very dark bluish, and their rump is golden.

  • The tail is barred in light and dark brown.

  • Their eyes, beaks, and feet are pale yellow.

FACTS 

One of the most beautiful birds in the world, the highly intelligent golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus). Native to the mountains of China, its cold hardiness adds to the appeal. You will need at least 20 square feet of space per bird.

Goldens are notorious for flying off, so you must place netting over the pen. They also like to dig their way out, so fencing should go 20″ into the ground.

Those who say they are easy to tame probably started with hatchlings spent a lot of time with them and frequently bribed them with unsalted peanut pieces.

"Wonders of Willandra" Eggs

Willandra Poultry also provides farm fresh, free-range eggs, direct from the farm gate. Our eggs stand out from the rest as they come in all shapes, colours and sizes from our happy, heritage breed hens (not commercial hybrids) and at times may even include such yummy gourmet treats as Turkey, Guinea Fowl & Quail eggs!
Unlike other 'backyard' egg providers, our eggs are stamped, supplied in brand new packaging and labelled in accordance with NSW regulations and Food Authority guidelines. We deliver to Mudgee and Gulgong townships for pickup.
Order yours here today! (subject to stock availability) Weekly home delivery available to Mudgee township every Monday during Spring.
** Disclaimer: These eggs are not fertile therefore not suitable for incubation**