Ornamental chicken breeds are some of the most beautiful birds. They often have wild colorful plumage and quirky personalities. These chickens are called ornamentals because they often lay small eggs and have a much lower egg-laying rate than typical for chickens. Ornamental chicken breeds are known for having the most froo-froo feathers on the head, feet, and body. They are fun birds to own! These chickens make great pets. Depending on the breed their feathers may not keep them warm in cold climates and so
Dual purpose chicken breeds are exactly that. They serve two purposes. They typically have a great egg laying rate and are large enough birds to be used for meat when they are past their egg-laying prime. Most hens will lay solid for approximately two to three years. After that, their laying rate slows to about one egg a week until they stop laying completely. Dual purpose chicken breeds are our favorite chickens! First, peruse the list below and determine which breed will meet your needs.
Egg layer chicken breeds are unique. You wouldn’t think that would be the case. After all, don’t all chickens lay eggs? Well, you’re right on that note, but if you are looking for a chicken breed that gives you a lot of eggs it’s important to know which breeds lay the most. Egg layer chicken breeds lay a minimum of 150 eggs a year! There are SO many breeds out there guys! Those no way we can cover them all in this article, so we
Meat chicken breeds are not technically a classification. But we like to say it is so because in our minds it helps us keep straight the purpose of our birds. If you have read through our previous articles on choosing chicken breeds, you’ll have learned we talk about the four main purposes for chickens. Those purposes are only meat chicken birds, only egg layers, dual-purpose birds and ornamental chickens. As we walk you through each of these categories, you’ll see we listed specific breeds for
Now that you’ve answered the questions and discovered your purpose for chickens, let’s talk about how chickens are classified. Chicken breed classification is not really difficult. We won’t get into the ins and outs of the specific breeds in this post. We are working on a specific detailed layout for you to follow when getting into breed specifics. But for now, as you look at different chicken breeds you’ll find most of them fall into yet another set of categories. These categories help you to
Figuring out which chicken breed is right for your family needs is important. Chickens come in a wide selection of breeds. A separate article lists all the breeds and traits to help you sort through ones that appeal to you. Today, we are focusing on how you determine which chicken breed is right for you. It’s easy enough to look at a picture and think it’s a pretty bird and you want one. But will that bird meet your family needs? To really know the