That’s a Chicken?! Fun & Funky Chicken Breeds

Above Image of a White Sizzle rooster from My Pet Chicken

Is that really a chicken? Yep! It It’s a Sizzle! (No pun intended. These birds where not originally intended for the BBQ). Sizzles are frizzled Silkies. Find out about more odd and unusual breeds (including Sizzles, Frizzles and Silkies) here!

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Family-Friendly Chicken Breeds for Eggs

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 are egg laying breeds (can supply eggs) or dual purpose breeds (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.

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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

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) originated in Egypt (specifically the Nile Valley). Many historians believe that Fayoumis were among the first domesticated chicken breeds. Continue Reading

The Leghorn Chicken Breed

White Leghorn hen pictured above from mypetchicken.com

   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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