Chicken Breeds

Types of Chicken Breeds

Types of Chicken Breeds  Rate it

After deciding to raise chickens, the first major decision you will need to make is which breed or breeds you will raise. There are over 100 breeds of chickens that have been identified, which means you could spend days researching each breed and making your selection.

Dual Purpose Breeds

Dual Purpose Breeds  Rate it

Probably the most common type of breed to have in a backyard is one that can be raised for both egg production as well as meat production. While these breeds do not produce as many eggs as the egg-layers nor as much meat as the meat birds, they do offer a nice middle ground.

Egg Layers

Egg Layers  Rate it

Many people are interested in having fresh eggs in the morning, and are perfectly fine visiting their local grocery store or butcher when they need chicken for dinner. If you fall into this camp, then one or more of the egg-laying breeds may be what you are looking for.

Ornamental Breeds

Ornamental Breeds  Rate it

If you are interested in keeping birds to exhibit at shows or simply to add a little flare to your backyard, you probably want an ornamental breed. Keep in mind though, that ornamental birds produce few eggs and most are inefficient meat producers, so it really is all about their looks.


Bantams  Rate it

If you are not interested in having large eggs, and you are not interested in butchering for commercial meat, and you are primarily looking for a pet, a Bantam breed may be your best bet.

Meat Birds

Meat Birds  Rate it

For the more adventurous backyard chicken crew, raising chickens for their eggs simply isn’t enough. Why not have access to wonderfully fresh chicken meat?

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