Polish Chicken Breed

Above: Golden-Laced Polish Pullet (immature hen)

Polish chickens, similar to Crevecoeurs, are adorned with ornate crests. Contrary to what the name might lead one to believe, Polish chickens are not known to have originated in Poland…  Continue Reading

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

How To Sex Crested Chicks

Above: Crested Crevecoeur cockerel

Sexing your standard or common chicken breeds can be tough and confusing at times. With crested variety chicks, it can often be even more difficult to discern. Crested chicks (such as Sultans, Crevecoeurs and Polishes) are well… crested, making their combs not as visible. However, they are also slow to mature and often bearded (which means wattle development is often not very discernible). To top that, Crested chicks are usually sold straight run because of the similitude of the pullets and cockerels. This makes your chances of getting a little rooster much higher… Continue Reading

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

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

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

 

The Rhode Island Red (RIR) is probably one of the most popular chicken breeds 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

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

The Orpington Chicken Breed

Buff Orpington Hens
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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Wyandotte Chicken Breed

Above: Silver-Laced Wyandotte Hen

Wyandotte chickens are beautiful, ornamental chickens. Although nine colors are recognized by The American Poultry Association, Wyandottes primarily are sold in two of those colors (silver-laced and golden-laced)…

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Welsummer Chicken Breed

Above: Partridge Welsummer Rooster

Welsummers are what typically comes to mind when one thinks “rooster”.  In fact, it is speculated, because of their amazingly close resemblance, that the Corn-Flakes rooster is non other than a Welsummer…

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Chicken History: Where Chickens Came From

Above: Welsummer Chicken (Hen)

Chickens are kept by many people for meat, eggs and even companionship worldwide… In the modern day, there are ~65 recognized chicken breeds in the US. However, there are hundreds of breeds recognized across the world. Each breed has a different temperament, different characteristics, a different personality and even a different appearance. So… where did all these interesting little creatures come from? Continue Reading