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Chicken Breeds

Common Egg Layers:


Ameraucana

Barred Rocks


Buff Orpington


Delaware


Leghorn


Rhode Island Reds


Sex Links


Wynedott



Chickens come in a variety of sizes, colors and distinct personalities for each breed. A flock made of different breeds certainly adds the interest in raising chickens, but a few factors need to be taken into consideration when you make your selection.

(1) Chicken Breeds for Egg Production:

Just like any other domestic animals, chickens come in different sizes when they are full grow, ranging any where from 4 lbs. (example: leghorns) to 10 lbs. (Jersey Giant). Corresponding to their sizes, they consume different amount of food each day. For obvious reasons, chickens used for meat production are usually the larger breeds; smaller breeds tend to be more economical when it comes to egg production.

(2) Egg Production:

As expected some chickens lay more frequently than others. The size and color of the eggs varies as well. The Rhode Island Red and Leghorns are bread for egg laying; they are what used for commercial egg production. They will lay 5-6 eggs per week during their heavy producing years. Some chickens will only lay 1-2 eggs per week. So if your main goal is producing eggs, you should choose the more productive varieties.

(3) Hardiness:

Some chickens are bread to withstand harsher winter weather than others. This is especially important if you live in area where the winter can be harsh.

(4) Broodiness:

When a hen is broody she sits on eggs and try to hatch chicks. She dose not eat much and her body temperature is high, and she does not lay eggs during this period. A hen can get broody with or without fertilized eggs. Without fertilized eggs no chick will hatch. Certain breeds of chicken tend to be more broody than others.

(5) Compatibility:

Some chicken breeds are calm and docile, some tend to be more aggressive and some are flighty. It is important to select chickens that have compatible characteristics. There will always be pecking orders in a flock of chickens. Avoid putting together chickens that are aggressive with ones that are flighty.