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Chicken Breeds

Chicken Breeds

Below are some of the most common breeds in raising backyard chickens. Please go to their respective pages to learn more. Please write a review if you own a particular breed and let us know your experience with it! Thanks!

Rhode Island Red Chickens

rhode-island-chickenRhode Island Reds are a popular choice of breed for back yard chickens because of their egg-laying abilities and their overall heartiness.   Healthy Rhode Island Reds can lay up to 5-7 eggs a week when properly cared for, and they do well even in colder climates.  Reds are considered a dual-purpose bird, meaning they are viable meat-producers as well as efficient egg-layers. Hens are generally docile and easy to get along with, however the roosters can be quite aggressive.  Their color can range from rust-colored to a dark, almost black, maroon color.   The average weight of a Rhode Island Red hen is about 6.5 pounds whereas roosters weigh on average 8.5 pounds. Read more

Plymouth Rocks

plymouth rock chickPlymouth Rocks, or Rocks, as they are commonly called, are also considered a great back yard chicken.  They do well in cold climates, and are a dual-purpose chicken, although some varieties are bred more specifically for eggs than for meat.   The most common colors for Rocks in the U. S. are the barred-colored, the buff-colored and the white-colored.  Hens weigh between 6.5 and 7.5 pounds, while roosters average 7.5 to 9.5 pounds.   Both roosters and hens are said to be calm, friendly, and generally non-aggressive. Read more

Jersey Giants

jersey giant chickJersey Giants were created in the United States in the late 1800’s.  The largest chicken breed, Jersey Giants are slow-growing and take an abundance of food and time to reach adulthood.  Hens generally weigh between 10-11 pounds, while roosters average 13 pounds.   Jersey Giants are known well for their egg-laying abilities, even in winter, and are good cold-weather birds that lay large, white eggs.  The Jersey Giant is considered a dual-purpose bird, but because of their slow-growing nature, they aren’t often used at meat farms.  A calm and docile breed, even the roosters are rarely aggressive. Read more

Ameraucana Chickens

Ameraucana chickAmeraucanas are also said to make wonderful back yard chickens.  They (large fowl variety) tend to weigh slightly less than Rhode Island Reds, with the hens averaging at 5.5 pounds and the roosters averaging at 6.5 pounds.  Like Rhode Island Reds, they are hearty egg-layers.  Ameraucanas are one of only three chicken varieties to lay blue eggs.  Both hens and roosters are hearty birds, and by most accounts, both the hens and the roosters are cordial and easy to get along with. The Ameraucana is considered a dual-purpose chicken and can be used as a viable meat source, but is best-suited for egg-laying. Read more

Eight colors are officially recognized for poultry shows by the American Poultry Association: Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten and White. There are several project colors, including Lavender.*

Leghorn Chickens

leghorn chickLeghorn chickens range in weigh between 4.5 and 6.5 pounds for hens, and 5.5 and 7.5 for roosters.  The white Leghorns are fabulous egg-layers, averaging 280 and sometimes upwards of 320 eggs a year, while the other color varieties lay less.  The Leghorn breed is a hearty chicken that does well in cold winters.  The Leghorn is not considered a viable meat-producers, so this might be a consideration if you plan on making your living or providing your meat supply off of Leghorns.  Although they’re generally not an aggressive breed of chicken, they’re not cuddly, either.  Leghorns tend to be a bit nervous and standoffish. Read more

Orpington Chickens

orpington-chickThe Orpington is a lesser-known but still high-quality back yard chicken breed.  A larger bird, the standard variety hens weigh in at about 7.9—10.6 pounds, while the roosters average 9.9 pounds. Its egg-laying runs at about 175-200 eggs a year, and its large size makes it a great bird for meat consumption.  The Orpington is a friendly bird, and because of its heavier weight, it rarely flies and is suitable for cold weather environments.  These traits make it a good back yard chicken. The most common colors for the Orpington are black, white and buff. Read more

*Source: Wikipedia