Chicken Lives Matter Series, chickens

Chicken Breeds

 

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The Poultry of the World poster- 1868-Library of Congress

American Game Bantam- (United States)

Characterisitcs– Hardy and often small, hardy birds, good egg layers, small birds, do better free ranging.

Personality- skittish, nervous

Color– Variety of colors, generally dark

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Americaucana, ( United States)

Characteristics– Many times called the “Easter egger”. Various light color blue eggs.

Personality-Adaptable, easy to work with, good with people, easy to manage.

Color– Variety of colors including white and black,

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Araucanas– (Chile)
Characteristics– Rare breed, Many times called the “Easter egger”. High mortality rate, Various light color blue eggs.

Personality-Adaptable, easy to work with, good with people, easy to manage, Non- aggressive

Color- Very unique appearance, no tail, ear tufts, Variety of colors including black , white silver, black red. Light blue eggs.

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Australorp (Australian)
Characteristics– Brown eggs, excellent egg layer,

Personality-Adaptable, easy to work with, good with people

Color– Black with large volumed body, Some have black ear lobe

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Names- Australorp, game, pit, langshan

Barnevelder (Netherlands)

Characteristics-Beautiful large bird. There are many dedicated groups who raise only this type chicken. The eggs are copper in color. Egg color is brown.

Personality– easy going, tentative,

Color- Black with copper in rounded or lace feathers, tints of green. Dark heckles, very red cone and waddle, black lobe. black with copper, and almost a green feather, red waddle and cone and black lobe, Rooster has a partridge plumage, Hens has a matching look as the rooster

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Buff Orpington ( United Kingdom)

Characteristics-Adaptable, easy to work with, good with people, egg color is brown

Personality-Adaptable, easy to work with, good with people

Color– Light copper, bright orange, red waddle and cone, white lobe

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Easter Eggers (United States)

Characteristics– Green, blue, pink color eggs, good with humans, small birds,

Colors vary copper and black, black and silver, copper and gold and black

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Barred Rock– (United States)

Characteristics-Adaptable, easy to work with, good with people

Personality-Adaptable, easy to work with, good with people

Color-Black and white and beautiful. These are dainty yet hardy birds. They are good egg layers.

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Brahma

Characterisitcs-You can find this bird’s photograph on the front of the feed bag at Tractor Supply. This is a plump chicken, hardy and great for keeping the eggs on the table.

Personality- Good with people, easy with children

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Jersey Giant ( United States)
Characteristics- Good laying and prone to be broody,

Personality-Adaptable, easy to work with, good with people

Color- black,

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Leghorn ( Italian, United States)

Characteristics- Heritage breed, Small petite birds until they grow large and healthy. The male has a huge wattle and tall legs. The ear lobes are large and white. These birds are quick and agile with a fan tail. Good egg layers.

Personality- Our Leghorn are white in color. We have 4 hens and a rooster at this time. The rooster has a hot red comb while the hens have small combs and wattles. The all-white leghorn compared to the deep red comb and wattle really make them stand out. I’ve found these to be skittish more than other chickens that I have. They are quick and agile.

Color-The leghorn is generally white with bright red wattles.Theere are non-white Leghorns. The legs and toes are yellow. White eggs.

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Marans– (United States)
Characterisitcs- Good egg layers,

Personality- Easy with people, sometimes nervous, good egg layer

Color- Black with copper on the chest and down the front. Eggs are chocolate.

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Plymouth Rock, Barred Rock ( United States)

Characteristics- Dual purpose bird, produces a great many eggs. large eggs,

Personality- Adaptable, easy to work with, good with people

Color- Black and white striped-type- Black and white runs horizontal, red cone and waddle, gray beak, red lobe, brown eggs

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Rhode Island Red (United States)
Characteristics- Produces a lot of eggs, friendly breed, large eggs, brown eggs,

Personality-Adaptable, easy to work with, good with people

Color- Burgundy in color, brown eggs, red cone and waddle,

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Silkie
Characteristics- Nervous, good with children

Personality-Adaptable, easy to work with, good with people

Color- White with furry look, white ear lobe, cream or tinted egg color,
Names- cochin, pekin, croad, silkie, nankin

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Welsummer-

Characterisitc— Good with people, easy to work with

Personality- Good with people, easy to work with

Color- Eggs are chocolate

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Wyandottes (United States )
Characteristics-  Nice hardy bird for both table food and egg laying.

Personality-Adaptable, easy to work with, good with people but can be stubborn and can bully.

Color- Eggs are brown

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