Sussex Chicken Breed

Above: Columbian Sussex rooster

The Sussex chicken breed is a very old breed that originated in Sussex, England. It is very closely connected, in origin, to the Dorking chicken…

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Heritage Chicken Breeds

Heritage Chickens

Heritage chicken breeds are APA (American Poultry Association) recognized breeds that where originally bred to be hardy meat and egg producers. However, most heritage breeds where bred before large scale meat production was really around. For this reason, they are often smaller and slower to mature than modern meat production breeds (such as the Cornish cross). Additionally, they may not lay as much as modern Egg-production Chicken Breeds (such as Leghorns). However…  is more really better? In this article, I provide more information on heritage chickens and (including why they are so cool). I also include a list of a few heritage breeds…

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Belgian (Barbu) D’Uccle Bantams

Bantam Mille Fleur Rooster
Above: Mille Fleur Barbu D’Uccle Bantam Cockerel

The Belgian d’Uccle (pronounced ‘dew-clay’ and also known as the ‘Barbu d’Uccle’) is a beautiful chicken breed. It is one of the few ‘true’ bantam breeds. A true bantam is a miniature bird that has no larger counterpart. The true bantam breeds category also includes Sebrights, Seramas, Japanese, Dutch and Booted Bantams…

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A Long-Crow: Chickens with the Longest Crows!

Above: Tomaru Long-Crowing Rooster by Chicken Addicts Anonymous

Long-crowing breeds are not recognized by the APA (American Poultry Association) and are very rare chickens. Though the longest recorded crow was ~25 seconds, Long-crowers have been known to extend a single crow for over 30 seconds (Read more of this article for a recording!)…

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That’s a Chicken?! Fun & Funky Chicken Breeds

Above Image of a White Sizzle rooster from My Pet Chicken

Is that really a chicken? Yep! It It’s a Sizzle! (No pun intended. These birds where not originally intended for the BBQ). Sizzles are frizzled Silkies. Find out about more odd and unusual breeds (including Sizzles, Frizzles and Silkies) here!

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Family-Friendly Chicken Breeds for Eggs

Fresh eggs are amazing and having chickens as pets can be a fun way to get them. However, not all chicken breeds are necessarily very people friendly… In this post, I have put together some of the highest-rated chicken breeds for temperament, maintenance, obtainability and egg production!

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Faverolle Chicken Breed

 

Above: A Salmon Faverolle hen

The Faverolle is a very unique breed of chicken. They are somewhat rare chickens that originated in France (like Crevecoeurs) in the village of Faverolles (which is, as you might guess, where their name came from)… Continue Reading

Kadaknaths: All Black Chickens

Image above from http://kadaknath.blogspot.com

The Kadaknath is a little-known, rare chicken breed that originated in Madhya Pradesh, the direct center India. In their native territory, kadaknath chickens are called “kali masi”, literally meaning “black fleshed fowl”… Continue Reading

Naked-Necks (A.K.A Turkens)

 

Naked Neck (Turken) Chicken

Naked Necks are an unusual breed and one might think… “Really, who would want a partially featherless chicken?” But as odd as they may look at first, Naked Necks are actually pretty cool! Here’s why…
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What are Easter Egger Chickens?

Above: Storm, an Easter Egger rooster. I believe him to have both Silver Amaraucana and Australorp in his parentage.

Easter Eggers (aka EEs) are cross-breeds created by crossing a green or blue egg-laying breed with… basically any other chicken. Contrary to a common myth, they differ from the somewhat uncommon true Amaraucanas…

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Black Chickens: The Rare Ayam Cemanis

Above: Ayam Cemani Cock

The Ayam Cemani is rare breed of chicken with a unique physical trait… They are almost completely black… Their feathers, skin, organs, tongues, feet and even bones are all black! The only thing on them that is not black is their blood (which is for the information, normally colored)… Continue Reading

Chinese Silkie Chicken Breed

White Silkie Bantam Chicken
Image above of White Silkie from Wikipedia

The Silkie is a unique breed of chicken. Although their place of origin is not definitely known, they made their first appearance in China. In fact, “Silkie” is actually a nickname. The full name for this fluffy ball of cuteness is the “Chinese Silk Chicken”… Continue Reading

Dorking Chicken Breed

SONY DSCImage of Silver Gray Dorking pair from Sun Bird Farms

The Dorking is a beautiful, yet uncommon breed. The name comes from a place (Dorking, England) and is not in the least sense implying that they have a low intelligence level. However, Dorkings did not originally come from England, contrary what the name implies; Their breeding lines go back much farther than that… Continue Reading