Chinese Silkie Chicken Breed

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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 breed 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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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