Chicken Breeds

When we think of animals in our lives, one of the last ones that I think about is the chicken even though we eat eggs and chicken weekly. So today, I’m going to enlighten you all on the breeds and differences in chickens.

I will describe you, what chickens are best for laying eggs, which ones are best for meat purposes, the chickens that are best for eggs and meat, show poultry, and Bantam.

At the end of the article, you’ll see a list of chickens to have as a reference source.

We have the chicken breeds that are for meat. Many people are worried about hormones in our foods, therefore decided to raise their own food. If you want to follow their lead, these are the chickens to raise.

The Cornish Cross is the preferred when picking a chicken for meat. They can be up to 12 pounds in 6-8 weeks. The Jersey Giant weigh up to 13 pounds, but they are slow growers who need a lot of food.

Bresse is a white chicken that is fairly large. With their bright blue feet, it's not hard to see this bird. They are expensive and popular. They can get up to 7 pounds. Orpington is the last meat chicken I’ll cover. They average 8 pounds and have tender meat.

Dual Purpose

Three best dual-purpose chickens include: Black Australorp, its friendly, a great egg layer, and a great mother. They are protective of the flock. Speckled Sussex, which is beautiful and nice, protective as well.

Rhode Island red, great layer and meat, they get up to 8 pounds. There are many resources to find the best meat birds online, so you can pick your favorite chicken to raise and eat.

Exhibition/ Show Poultry

The poultry show is a small piece of a livestock show, which involves exhibition and competition of the chickens. Chickens are trained for these shows and they are cleaned very well and given manicures too. The chicken breeders are highlighted at the shows as well. It’s a display of beautiful birds.



Bantam

What are Bantam chicken breeds? They are a little smaller than other birds and they’re great for small backyards. They are very adorable birds.

They are little versions of Brahma chicken. They lay eggs as well, but they do not produce that many eggs per year. They don’t eat much though and their eggs are smaller, but they still taste the same.

Now that you know more about breeds of chickens, I’ll provide a list of the breeds of chickens that we have.

The A-Z of Chicken Breeds and Choosing the Perfect One

Ameraucana

Ameraucana Chicken.jpg

Egg Laying

Excellent (5/wk)

Egg Color

Light Blue

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Broody

American Game

American Game Chicken

Egg Laying

Fair (2/wk)

Egg Color

Whitish/Cream

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Hardy

Ancona

Ancona-Chicken

Egg Laying

Excellent (5/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Active

Andalusian

Andalusian Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Active, Gentle

Appenzeller Spitzhauben

Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes (in winter)

Temperament

Forager

Araucana

Araucana-Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Blue

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Flighty

Asil (Aseel)

Asil Chicken

Egg Laying

Poor (1/wk)

Egg Color

Cream or Tinted

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

Yes (in winter)

Temperament

Aggressive

Australorp

Australorp Chicken

Egg Laying

Excellent (5/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Hardy, Docile

Ayam Cemani

Ayam Cemani Chicken

Egg Laying

Fair (2/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Flighty

Barnevelder

Barnevelder_Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Light brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Friendly, Active, Quiet, Lively

Braekel

Braekel Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Active

Brahma

Brahma Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Friendly

Temperament

Yes

Buckeye

Buckeye Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Peaceful

California Gray

California Gray Chicken

Egg Laying

Excellent (5/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Quiet

California White

California_White_Chicken

Egg Laying

Excellent (5/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Quiet

Campine

Campine Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Active

Catalana

Catalana Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Pinkish Cream

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Active

Chantecler

Chantecler Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Gentle

Cochin

Cochin Chickens

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Friendly, Calm, Quiet

Cornish

Cornish Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Meat

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Aggressive

Cubalaya

Cubalaya Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Light brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes (in winter)

Temperament

Forager

Derbyshire Redcap

Derbyshire Redcap Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Hardy

Dominique

Dominique

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Forager, Calm, Personable, Hardy

Dorking

Dorking Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Calm, Docile

Dutch Bantam

Dutch Bantam Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Light Brown

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Friendly, Flighty

Easter Egger

Easter Egger Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Green/Blue/Pink/Multi

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Peaceful

Faverolles

Faverolles Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Light brown, Pinkish

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Gentle, Docile

Fayoumi

Fayoumi Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Off-white, Tinted

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Flighty

Hamburg

Hamburg Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Docile

Holland

Holland Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Calm

Houdan

Houdan Chickens

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Sweet, Easily handled

Iowa Blue

Iowa Blue Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

-

Temperament

Skittish

Ixworth

Ixworth Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Tinted

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

-

Temperament

Alert, Active

Jangmigye

Jangmigye Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Light Brown

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

-

Temperament

Friendly, calm

Japanese Bantam

Japanese bantam

Egg Laying

Fair (2/wk)

Egg Color

Cream or tinted

Primary use

Exhibition /Ornamental

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Hardy, Bit flighty

Java Chicken

Java Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Cream or tinted

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Hardy, Docile

Jersey Giant

Jersey Giant

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Meat

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Calm, Docile

Kuroiler

Kuroiler Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

-

Temperament

Friendly, Feed Continuously, Good Foragers

Lakenvelder

Lakenvelder Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Tinted, White

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Active, Quick

Lamona

Lamona Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Meat

Cold Hardy

-

Temperament

Friendly, Docile

Legbar

Legbar Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Light Blue

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Forager

Leghorn

Leghorn Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Nervous, Flighty

Malay

Malay Chicken

Egg Laying

Fair (2/wk)

Egg Color

Light-brown

Primary use

Meat

Cold Hardy

-

Temperament

Aggressive

Marans

Marans-Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Dark brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Quiet, Docile

Marsh Daisy

Marsh Daisy Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Tinted

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Calm, Active

Minorca

Minorca Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Noisy, Flighty

Modern Game

Modern Game Chicken

Egg Laying

Poor (1/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Curious, Friendly

Naked Neck

Naked Neck Chicken

Egg Laying

Fair (2/wk)

Egg Color

Light brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Cold hardy

Nankin

Nankin Chicken

Egg Laying

-

Egg Color

Tinted

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Friendly, Calm

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Competitve, Aggressive

Norfolk Grey

Norfolk Grey Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Tinted

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

-

Temperament

Active Forager

Old English Game

Old English Game Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Tinted, Cream

Primary use

Meat

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Self-sufficient, Noisy, Aggressive

Orloff

Orloff Chicken

Egg Laying

Fair (2/wk)

Egg Color

Light Brown

Primary use

Meat

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Calm

Orpington

Orpington Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Light Brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Calm

Pekin

Pekin Chicken

Pekin Batman

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Docile

Penedesenca

Penedesenca Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Dark Brown

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Active

Phoenix

Phoenix Chicken

Egg Laying

Poor (1/wk)

Egg Color

Golden, Silver

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Unfriendly, Docile

Plymouth Rock

Plymouth_Rock_Chickens

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Brown, Light Brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Calm

Polish

Polish Chicken

Silver Laced Polish Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Friendly

Red Shaver

Red Shaver Chicken

Egg Laying

-

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Calm, Friendly, Quiet, Hardy

Rhode Island Red

Rhode_Island_Red_Chicken

Egg Laying

Excellent (5/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Hardy

Rhode Island White

hode Island White Chicken

Egg Laying

Excellent (5/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Calm, Easy going

Scots Dumpy

Scots Dumpy Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Off-white, Tinted

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Quiet

Scots Grey

Scots Grey Chicken

Egg Laying

-

Egg Color

Cream

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Forager, Active

Sebright

Sebright Chicken

Egg Laying

Poor (1/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Friendly, Active

Frizzle

Frizzle Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Tinted, White

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Good forager, Hardy

Serama

Serama_Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Cream or Tinted

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Calm, Manageable, Assertive, Confident

Shamo

Shamo Chicken

Egg Laying

Fair (2/wk)

Egg Color

Brown

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Pleasant, Docile

Sicilian Buttercup

Sicilian Buttercup Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Active

Silkie

Silkie Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Tinted, Cream

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Friendly, Calm

Speckled Sussex

Speckled Sussex Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Brown, Cream, Tan

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Alert, Docile

Sultan

Sultan Chicken

Egg Laying

Poor (1/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Friendly, Docile

Sumatra

Sumatra Chicken

Egg Laying

Fair (2/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Flighty, Jumpy

Vorwerk

Vorwerk Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

Cream

Primary use

Meat/Eggs

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Alert, Active

Welsummer

Welsummer Chicken

Egg Laying

Very Good (4/wk)

Egg Color

Dark brown

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

Yes

Temperament

Friendly, Intelligent

White Faced Black Spanish

White Faced Black Spanish Chicken

Egg Laying

Good (3/wk)

Egg Color

White

Primary use

Eggs

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Wild, Active

Yokohama

Yokohama Chicken

Egg Laying

Poor (1/wk)

Egg Color

Tinted

Primary use

Ornamental

Cold Hardy

No

Temperament

Calm, Quiet

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