Hoover’s Hatchery originally produced the Mystic Onyx breed in recent years. Their beautiful feathers and black skin are amazing. While they were created as meat birds, they are eating backyard flocks!
The Mystic Onyx breed is beautiful and a great addition to a backyard herd. These chickens were created by crossing silk and meat-producing birds. Because of this, they have unique features such as 5 toes, an occasional patch of feathers on the top of their head, and dark skin.
Although they resemble sea lions, their fins can have orange-red flares. Ayam Simani is completely black, while Mystic Onyx can sport reddish feathers. Their wings may also have a bright green sheen.
Mystic Onyx are great egg layers and lay up to 225 light brown, medium-sized eggs annually. They will do well in the winter and the summer and keep their production up in the winter months. They are docile but active. They love to be in the middle of all the action!
I own two Mystic Onyx chickens I acquired as chicks from Hoover’s Hatchery. It’s quite enjoyable as Frankie is completely black, whereas Dottie has feathers with a reddish hue. This distinct difference makes it easy to distinguish between them! They’ve become a delightful addition to our flock.
I have found Mystic Onyx chickens very hardy in the winter and the warmer months, reaching 5-6 pounds and rarely going broody. They require very little maintenance and only have one comb.
I am most concerned about the breed’s personality when raising my herd. I want nice, docile chickens that love me right away. Next, I looked for egg and feather colors. There is something very satisfying about watching a chicken run around and splash multiple colors. And honestly? There’s nothing better than having a bright and colorful egg basket on the counter! Mystic Onyx hens lay beautiful light brown eggs. It’s not a showstopper, but their plumage makes up for it! Great job, Hoover’s Hatchery, for creating this multi-purpose breed that is a very reliable egg producer!