Fresh eggs are amazing and having chickens as pets can be a fun way to get them! However, some chicken breeds are more friendly and tamable than others. In this post, I have put together some of the highest-rated chicken breeds for temperament, maintenance, obtainability and egg production!
Note: Since I was shooting for family backyard chicken keeping, I selected the most mellow, generally docile and friendly breeds that are fairly easy to obtain or common. I excluded higher maintenance breeds. Additionally, all the breeds listed below areegg layingbreeds (can supply eggs) ordual purposebreeds (can supply both meat and eggs). However, some of the chickens on this list are ‘hybrids’ and are thus, not recognized by the American Poultry Association.
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
Have you ever wondered what the little shield symbols on store-bought egg cartons mean? And maybe… more importantly, how those shields qualify those eggs to sold to the general public? In this article, I explain how eggs are graded as well as how the shields are used to qualify eggs for human consumption according to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)…
Keeping lice and mites in check is a must for every backyard chicken keeper. However, with so many products on the market, how do you know which ones are right for your flock? Are they safe to use? Are there natural/non-toxic alternatives available that are effective? In this article, I will be listing some of the various products available (for treatment and prevention). I will also list some of the health and safety hazards of common poultry pesticides and suggest safer alternatives that can help your flock stay free of lice and mites for good! Continue Reading
A Crossed beak (also called a scissor beak, crooked beak or lateral beak deviation) is the term used for when the top part of a bird’s beak does not align properly with the lower portion, resulting in crossed appearance. The severity of the deformity can range greatly from case to case. In this article, I will be giving some further information on the causes of crossed beak deformities. I will also offer tips and advice on care based on my experiences with crossed beak chickens…
Henry is our Welsummer rooster. We got Henry for free as a 4wk old cockerel… He was small and little thin. He was lowest on the pecking order and in the middle of his growth stage (between fuzzy/cute and shiny/beautiful). These factors made him not the most gracious in appearance… Continue Reading
The Kadaknath is a little-known, rare chicken breed that originated in Madhya Pradesh, the direct center India. In their native territory, kadaknath chickens are called “kali masi”, literally meaning “black fleshed fowl”… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
One, wet Spring day, I got a birthday present. That present was 4, small crested variety chicks (one Golden-Laced Polish and 3 Crevecoeurs). I brought the bunch of chicks home on my lap. They were not the healthiest chicks I’d had. One was half the size of the others (for its first several months), two got Pasted Vents and one… (who almost died when I brought her home) turned out to have a twisted beak… I called her Elly… Continue Reading
Easter Eggers (aka EEs) are cross-breeds created by crossing a green or blue egg-laying breed with… basically any other chicken. Contrary to a common myth, they differ from the somewhat uncommon true Ameraucanas…
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)…
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 ball of cuteness is the “Chinese Silk Chicken”… Continue Reading
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