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 the modern methods of large scale meat production developed. For this reason, they are often smaller and slower to mature than industriel 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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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

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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Black Chickens: The Rare Ayam Cemanis

Above: Ayam Cemani Cock

The Ayam Cemani is rare chicken breed with a unique appearance. This is due to a genetic predisposition to the excessive build-up of melanin (a natural skin-pigment). This type of abnormal pigmentation results in abnormally dark skin, feathers, organs and even bones. It is called Fibromelanosis. The only part of the breed not affected is their blood (which is, for the information, normally colored)…

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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

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

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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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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