All About Sex-Link Chickens

Above: Golden Sex-link

Some of the most popular chickens today are sex-link chickens. However, they are not recognized as breeds by the APA (American Poultry Association). Many hatcheries sell sex-linked chickens under these names: Red/Golden Sex-Links, California Grays, Black Sex-Links, Comets, Stars, Red Buffs, Cinnamon Queens and Isa browns. However, contrary to popular belief, many of these hybrids are different and are obtained by crossing different breeds. Learn about the difference and how to tell what’s what here! Continue reading “All About Sex-Link Chickens”

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 and egg production!

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Faverolle Chicken Breed

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 “Faverolle Chicken Breed”

What are Easter Egger Chickens?

Easter Egger Chicken

Easter Eggers (aka EEs) are category of chickens that carry genes that give them the capability to lay blue or green eggs. Contrary to a common myth, they differ from the somewhat uncommon true Amaraucanas…

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The Polish Chicken Breed

Above: Golden-Laced Polish Pullet (immature hen)

Polish chickens, similar to Crevecoeurs, are adorned with ornate crests… In spite of the name, Polish chickens are not known to have originated in Poland…  Continue reading “The Polish Chicken Breed”

Crevecoeur Chicken Breed

  

 The Crevecoeur (Pronounced ‘krev-coor’) is an interesting breed… With such a striking appearance, they are not easy to miss. Crevecoeurs themselves actually originated in France. In fact, Crevcoeur means ‘Broken-Heart’ in French… Continue reading “Crevecoeur Chicken Breed”

Bantam Chickens: Fun Sized Poultry!

    bantam-chickens-compared-regular-sizeFeatured above: Standard Silkie beside bantam. Image from My Pet Chicken

 Bantam chickens (also called ‘Banties’), come in many colors and varieties. Bantams only weigh about 1-2 pounds (one-third to one fifth the size of their larger cousins)… Continue reading “Bantam Chickens: Fun Sized Poultry!”

Best Chicken Breeds For Eggs

 

There’s almost nothin’ like collecting a basket full of fresh eggs, right from the nest box. If you are interested in keeping chickens for eggs, you might want to consider which chicken breeds are the best layers. In this article, I have put together a compilation of some of the top layer breeds. Below, I have included the best brown, blue/green as well as white egg laying breeds! Continue reading “Best Chicken Breeds For Eggs”

Australorp Chicken Breed

Above: Black Australorp Hen

Australorps are beautiful, docile chickens that originated in Australia. They where bred out of Black Orpingtons, which is where their name originated. (Australian + Orpington = Austral-Orp).

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The Rhode Island Red

 

Rhode Island Reds (RIRs) are probably the most popular chickens in the U.S. However, Rhode Island Reds are not just popular in the U.S, they are popular throughout the world. They are one of the most easily recognized breeds, even for those unfamiliar with poultry. … Continue reading “The Rhode Island Red”

Egyptian Fayoumi Chickens

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Above image of Fayoumi pullet (young hen) by Joe Mable

     The Fayoumi (Sometimes spelled Faiyumi) is a very old breed of chicken that originated in Egypt (specifically the Nile Valley). They have been around for a very long time. In fact, many historians believe that they were among the first domesticated chicken breeds… Continue reading “Egyptian Fayoumi Chickens”

The Orpington Chicken Breed

Above (Left-to-Right): A pair of my Buff Orpington hens (Lotty Dotty & Sandy) foraging in the grass

The Orpington is a very popular chicken breed. It is primarily known for its all around exceptional meat quality, egg production and friendly disposition. These qualities make the Orpington a popular addition to backyard chicken-keepers’ flocks…

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Plymouth Rock Chickens

Above: Barred Plymouth Rock hen

    Simply called “Rocks” by some, these hardy, cold resistant chickens get their name from Plymouth Rock (yep, the one from the early days of our wonderful country)…

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