The Polish Chicken Breed

Above: Golden-Laced Polish Pullet (immature hen)

Polish chickens, similar to Crevcouers, 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”

Crevcouer Chicken Breed


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

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

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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Wyandotte Chicken Breed

Above: Silver-Laced Wyandotte Hen

Wyandottes 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 or golden-laced…

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Welsummer Chicken Breed

Above: My Welsummer hen (Donna) & Rooster (Henry). Both are about 3 yrs old.

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 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 “Chicken History: Where Chickens Came From”

Leghorn Chicken Breed

White Leghorn hen pictured above from

   The Leghorn chicken breed is the standard breed that most commercial egg farms keep. This is because the breed matures fairly quickly and has a very high annual egg production rate…

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