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General info about chicken and eggs, breeds, nutritional value, etc.

15 Amazing facts about Eggs ! Cooking, Science, Everything. Wyandotte Chickens. Uses: Utility (meat) and exhibition.

Wyandotte Chickens

Origin: America. Eggs: 100 - 200 tinted.Weight: Cock: 4.08 Kg Min.Hen: 3.17 Kg Min. Dual Purpose Breed Chickens for Sale. Chicken Breed Profiles - Breeds for the Small Farm. Once you've decided to keep chickens, you need to choose the chicken breed or breeds you are going to raise on your small farm or homestead.

Chicken Breed Profiles - Breeds for the Small Farm

Chickens come in different colors, sizes, and personalities - and with over 200 breeds, it can be hard to choose! This list of the most popular breeds will help you figure out the best fit for your farm. First, learn about the different characteristics of breeds and why you might want to choose one over the other: Choosing Chickens When you're ready to buy, find out where to get chicks: Buy Baby Chicks Keep checking back here, because I'll be adding more breeds all the time!

Ameracauna HedgehogWhisperer/Wikimedia Commons True standard Ameracaunas are a rare breed of South American chicken that lays blue eggs. New Hampshire Red Photo © Lauren Ware. Best Dual Purpose Chicken Breeds by Anna Hofman. There are hundreds of different species of chicken - and all have been bred for different purposes.

Best Dual Purpose Chicken Breeds by Anna Hofman

While some may produce eggs nearly all year round, other species will lay just one hundred eggs or less in a year, and be far too slender and lean to make good table birds. However, there are several breeds that are absolutely perfect for homesteaders - the ten breeds listed below not only produce beautiful, large eggs nearly all year round (all chickens stop laying in the colder months), but also make fantastic pets, great mothers (if you are looking to breed or extend your flock), and are indisputably the best table birds you can find. Wyandottes. History.

Wyandottes

Sussex - Chicken breeds. The Sussex is an old but exceptional dual purpose breed, developed using the old Kent fowl (now extinct), Dorking and Brahma.

Sussex - Chicken breeds

The Sussex was primarily used as a white skinned table bird to fulfil the London market during the second half of the 19th century. The breed has the best egg laying capabilities of all traditional British breeds and its table qualities are superior than the slightly better laying Rhode Island Red and Leghorn. The Sussex has a graceful carriage with a long, broad and flat back. Legs and feet are white.

Face, comb, earlobes and wattles are red. 5 Best Breeds For Meat Chickens. With the growing popularity of raising backyard chickens comes an increasing interest in raising meat chickens.

5 Best Breeds For Meat Chickens

Dual-purpose chickens, those yielding both eggs and meat, are the most popular. But many backyard chicken farmers are turning to meat chickens for their better flavor. Just like with egg layers, a different result comes with each breed so, choosing one depends on what you’re looking to achieve. This is a review of what I consider the 5 best chicken breeds to raise for meat. Picture courtesy of Lee’s Feed Catoosa, Oklahoma. Broilers. Buff Orpington Chicks for Sale. Hatching year round.

Buff Orpington Chicks for Sale

Orpingtons are fluffy, sweet chickens. The Buff is a gorgeous, rich, golden color. They have a single comb and are cold hardy birds. Production: Buff Orpingtons are excellent dual purpose chickens, as they will grow to a good, heavy table weight with white skin, but are also productive egg layers. You can expect between 200-280 brown eggs per year from one Buff Orpington hen. Barred Plymouth Rock Chickens Barred Plymouth Rock Chicks for Sale. Poultry Research, Commercial & Scientific Poultry Information. Home > ...

Poultry Research, Commercial & Scientific Poultry Information

> Fancy Chicken Breeds > Dorking The Dorking originates from Great Britain and may date back to the Roman invasion of England. It was very popular for meat and eggs. They have an extra toe (5 in total), short legs and are excellent mothers. The Dorking has a rectangular body with very short legs. Due to its relatively large comb it generally requires protection from cold weather. Poultry Research, Commercial & Scientific Poultry Information. Home > ...

Poultry Research, Commercial & Scientific Poultry Information

> Fancy Chicken Breeds > Brahama The Brahama originates from Asia and is a large and versatile bird. Poultry Research, Commercial & Scientific Poultry Information. Home > ...

Poultry Research, Commercial & Scientific Poultry Information

> Fancy Chicken Breeds > Sussex As its name might suggest, the Sussex originates from the United Kingdom. It is a great breed for either meat or eggs, depending on how it has been bred. Though not as efficient as the Australorp, the Sussex has the ability to lay up to 280 eggs annually. Poultry Research, Commercial & Scientific Poultry Information. Home > ... > Fancy Chicken Breeds > Wyandotte Apart from its appearance, a major factor in favour of the Wyandotte is the ease of which these birds can be kept.

This breed originated in the US and with the cooperation of the British, the Wyandotte is now a well-rounded dual purpose bird. The Wyandotte can be expected to lay approximately 180-200 eggs a year, which makes it a reasonable egg producer. The Wyandotte is also an excellent source of meat. The Hens are broody and take good care of their young. Classification. Poultry Research, Commercial & Scientific Poultry Information. Home > ... > Fancy Chicken Breeds > Rhode Island Rhode Island chickens are a very popular dual purpose poultry breed. The Red variety is capable of producing 200- 250 large eggs annually, however the cock is very aggressive. This must be taken into account before choosing this particular breed as a pet or mixing it with other varieties.

The Rhode Island has Yellow shanks and performs well under most conditions and rarely goes broody. Poultry Research, Commercial & Scientific Poultry Information. Home > ... > Fancy Chicken Breeds > Plymouth Rock The Plymouth rock is a very popular breed in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. It is a friendly, hardy, dual purpose breed, which was originally used to produce commercial broilers. This breed demonstrates great mothering skills and on average produces 160-180 eggs per year. Due to these qualities, the Plymouth is an ideal bird for beginners. Poultry Research, Commercial & Scientific Poultry Information. Home > ... > Fancy Chicken Breeds > Leghorn Leghorn chickens remain perhaps one of the most popular chicken breeds due to their ability to produce approximately 300 eggs per year.

Until recently, this breed was the most important in commercial egg production, with approximately 24 recognised varieties. Due to their prolific egg-laying ability, they are preferred by laboratories for embryonic and avian biological research as well as being the number one breed used for large-scale commercial egg production in the United States. Poultry Research, Commercial & Scientific Poultry Information.

Cochin chicken. A Blue Cochin hen Quick Facts[edit] Cochin ancestors first originated in the United States after the Chinese chicken, which was tight-feathered and had moderate to no feathers on their legs, was brought to the eastern coast around 1845. They soon became a hit, and Shanghai lovers took the fluffiest and most feather legged chickens to breed them for those traits exactly. Their result was very nice, with the fully feather-legged and fluffy chicken we now call the Cochin. This began what was known as the “hen craze,” which stretched from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, when people around the world bred chickens purely for their looks, rather than to create a better egg layer and such.

History[edit] Plymouth Rock chicken. The Plymouth Rock, often called simply Rocks or Barred Rocks (after their most popular color), is a chicken breed that originated in the United States. Orpington chicken. The Orpington is a breed of chicken named after Orpington, England, which was made famous in part by this breed. Belonging to the English class of chickens, it was bred to be an excellent layer with good meat quality. Their large size and soft appearance together with their rich color and gentle contours make them very attractive, and as such its popularity has grown as a show bird rather than a utility breed. Brahma chicken. The Brahma is a large breed of chicken developed in the United States from very large birds imported from the Chinese port of Shanghai.

Chicken Breeds - Brahma.