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The following breeds of baby chicks are sold as straight run only. Sexed breeds of baby chicks are further down on the page.
A nice assortment of several different breeds of our rare chicks.
  RARE BREEDS – SEXED The following breeds are available as straight run, pullets or cockerels.
Some Rare Breeds Available as  Grown Birds Chicken for Sale.
“ My Blue Andalusian, Silver, is one of my favorite chickens.  She is seven months old and is a delightful member of the flock. Her coloring and lacing is just beautiful even though she is a hatchery chick.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active.
Because of the different times and countries were the breed was developed, it is not clear what breeds were used, but Houdon and/or Crevecoeur, and local five-toed landraces are thought to have been its primary forebears.
According to the latest theory I’ve seen, the breed was developed in Chile from a cross between the Collonca and the Queteros, two of several different blue egg-laying chicken breeds and introduced to North American in 1921.
Perhaps the best example of this is the leghorn, since the commercial white has been developed to lay a very large egg, but most other varieties lay medium sized eggs.
Developed by Harry Lamon from 1912 to 1923 specifically to be a breed that laid white eggs but could serve as a meat bird as well.
One breed used had been imported from Holland, but other American breeds, including the Lamona, were mixed in as well.
Our Birds: we’ve had very limited experience, but the few hens we have had have been more aggressive than most other breeds.
May have ancient ancestry, but refined & further developed in Belgium in the 19th century and further developed by British and American breeders.
We have profiles for over 60 of the world’s most popular breeds of chickens, giving you the best resource possible when it comes time to decide between a chicken that’s used for laying eggs, a chicken that will tour around in shows, or even a chicken that will soon become dinner.
Chickens come in all different sizes, from the tiny bantam breeds to hulking meat birds just ready to be cooked.Size matters immensely as it will determine how much meat they can produce, how large their eggs will be and howmany they can lay in a year, how fast they will mature, and simply how much space they’ll take up.
Knowing the temperament of each breed before going in will help when deciding which breeds to raise together assome chickens are very calm and friendly around humans while others are rather flighty and even like to fight withone another.
Though they have high mortality rates in the egg, the Araucana breed is a good dual purpose chicken with strong egg producing qualities and enough meat for a meal.
The Dominique breed is consdiered a dual purpose bird, but it excels in egg laying over meat production.
The Polish breed is best known for their magnificent V-shaped crest, making them great as show birds.
The Belgian Bearded d-Uccle Bantam functions as a decent layer and makes for a good meat bird, as well as being unique enough to be popular as a show bird.
Though once known for being a great dual purpose chicken, the Crevecoeur is now best suited as a show bird as it is considered endangered.
A triple threat, the Barnevelder is great for egg laying, meat production, and even has a following as a show bird.
Orpingtons can do it all, whether it be laying 200 eggs a year, offering a lot of meat when matured, or being easy to handle and show.
Old English Game are poor layers and poor meat producers, but they’re the number one most popular show breed.
Modern are skinny and lengthy, so they aren’t good for eggs or meat, but they’re great for showing off.
The La Fleche breed is a dual purpose bird with its meat production quality being the main reason for breeding them.
Good layers and good-natured as well, the Ameraucana breed is one of only three breeds that lays blue eggs.
They also make great meat birds, but their unrecognized status makes them difficult to act as show birds.
It functions as a dual purpose bird capable of producing plenty of eggs and meat.
Stars are very special, working as egg layers, meat producers, and excellent show birds.
Plymouth Rocks may just be the most popular breed in the US due to theri excellent egg laying and hearty frames that make for a good meal.
They’re prized for their 220 eggs a year production, but are eharty meat birds and popular in shows.
While a dual purpose breed, the Java is best when used for meat production as they grow big and they grow fast.
Nearly all chicken eggs will hatch after 21 days of good conditions – 99.5° fahrenheit (37.5°C) and around 55% relative humidity (increase to 70% in the last three days of incubation to help soften egg shell).
Since individual eggs do not all hatch at exactly the same time (the chicken can only lay one egg approximately every 25 hours), the hen will usually stay on the nest for about two days after the first egg hatches.
Many incubators are available, including industrial-sized with shelves holding hundreds or even thousands of eggs at a time, full temperature and humidity control, and automatic rotation of the eggs.
Chicken Breeds Pictures Thanks… We have to give an extra special thank you to Rupert Stephenson, poultry photographer who has supplied us with so many first class chicken breeds pictures for this area of the site and the Poultry Club of Great Britain who have been very kind in allowing us to photograph birds at their shows.
The female hens look similar to the males except they don’t have the large tail feathers and typically show less color Old English Game Fowl were bred as active birds.
NOTE: Old English Game Bantam Chickens have been bred over the past 100 years to be a very small bantam chicken and come in over 43 recognized color varieties.
It is known that the Old English Game Bantam chicken is very often the most popular breed of chicken raised by hobbyist breeders in the USA.
With the breed that carries his name, John Sebright intentionally set out to create a very small bantam chicken with laced plumage similar to the laced variety of Polish chickens.
Like many breeds, Modern Game comes in both a standard large size and a bantam version; large fowl weight 4.5-6 pounds (2-2.75 kilos) and bantams 20-22 ounces (570-625 grams).
Created in the 19th century through a selective breeding program designed to produce an ornamental breed, the Sebright is a true bantam, meaning it is a miniature bird with no corresponding large fowl to which it is related.
The eggs are a light brown to tinted white and range from small to large depending on the heredity of the breed.
The Old English Game Fowl is a breed of chicken.
From the ancient chicken breed Araucana, which appeared before Columbus, to one of the first domesticated breeds now endangered to common breeds, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds provides a powerful guide packing in North American domestic and wild poultry and adding color photos throughout.
The identifying characteristics included for each breed are: class (standard and bantam); size (for cocks and hens); appearance of comb, wattles, and earlobes; color (everything from black-breasted red to silver laced); place of origin; conservation status; and special qualities (including longevity, size and quantity of eggs, quality of meat, and other relevant uses).
Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds is a beautifully written book with wonderful pictures that are vibrant and beautiful on every page.
Boxed facts list the poultry show class, the size, details of the feather color, comb and wattles, place of origin, conservation status (many breeds are rare or endangered), and any special qualities.
This definitive guide to North American barnyard and wild fowl includes a brief history of each breed, detailed descriptions of identifying characteristics, and colorful photography that celebrates the birds’ quirky personalities and charming good looks.
By contrast, auto-sexing chicken breeds produce visually sexable chicks generation after generation, and almost 100% of the chicks are visually sexable.
In other words, until recently if you wanted to buy visually sexable chicks in America, you’d be traveling to that feed store year after year to buy sex-linked birds produced by large commercial hatcheries.
Auto-sexing breeds can help the small-scale chicken breeder to create a self-sustaining, visually sexable flock.
While Punnett would later go on to create more than a dozen auto-sexing breeds, it is this breed –the Legbar– that today is the most popular auto-sexing chicken breed in the world and still enjoys a place in the commercial flocks of Britain.
If you allow the sex-linked chicks to reach adulthood and breed with one another they will not produce visually sexable chicks in the second generation.
He experimented and found that by crossing brown colored males with barred silver females (he favored the Plymouth Rock to supply the barring gene), the effect was accentuated, and chicks could be easily visually sexed by their color and down patterns on the day they hatched.
For example, you can buy a pair of Bielefelders now, continue to breed their offspring with each other, and eventually your grandchildren can one day be breeding their progeny and still be producing 100% visually sexable chicks.
The Rhode Island Red: These rust-feathered chickens are the quintessential backyard chicken breed and can be found in many hobbyists’ collections.
The Plymouth Rock: The Plymouth Rock — a breed that comes in several varieties, the most popular varieties being white and barred — is a docile and friendly breed that makes a great starter bird for new hobbyists.
While they do not achieve as great a weight as Plymouth Rocks, the Rhode Island Red is also a dual-purpose breed and lays brown eggs.
When backyard hobbyists first start raising chickens, they are sometimes astounded by the number of different chicken breeds that are available.
Thus, Jersey Giants are a popular backyard breed for those raising chickens for meat.
For this reason, Plymouth Rocks are considered a dual-purpose breed, a term denoting breeds that can be used for either meat or egg production.
Whatever breed of chicken you choose, you will find that each breed has unique characteristics and will add its own personality to your backyard chicken hobby.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect breeds for your backyard, or you just like chickens (and who doesn’t?), here are stats on dozens of breeds suitable for small flocks, including use, egg color, egg size, productivity, hardiness and more.
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Best kept free range and confined; cold hardy and heat tolerant.
Best kept free range or confined; both cold hardy and heat tolerant.
Best kept free range or confined; cold hardy and heat tolerant.
Best kept free range; both cold hardy and heat tolerant.
Best kept free range; cold hardy and heat tolerant.
Best kept confined; both cold hardy and heat tolerant.
Their plumage, combined with their tiny walnut comb, small earlobes and minuscule wattles, makes the Orloff a very cold hardy breed.
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Black Copper Marans rooster.
Black Copper Marans chick.
Silver grey Dorking pullet & Barred Plymouth Rock pullet.
If you are hatching a lot of eggs, or are breeding different types of chickens, you may find it useful to mark the eggs with dates or breeds to help you keep track of them all.
If you opted to have the eggs hatch naturally, the mother will provide all of the necessary warmth and care for the chicks, and you will not need to put them in a brooder.
Watching the process is a fantastic learning tool as well, thanks to the short amount of time that the eggs need to incubate.
While you are storing the eggs, they will need to be turned once a day to keep the membrane from sticking to one side.
In order to fertilize your hen’s eggs, you will need a rooster in prime breeding condition.
The newly hatched chicks will not need to eat or drink for 24 hours, so allow the incubator to keep working as later chicks hatch.
If you can, separate the new mother and her eggs from the rest of the flock to prevent them from getting dirty or damaged.
Popular picks for backyard flocks, these breeds rate high for their friendly personalities, beauty or unusual looks, hardiness in hot and cold climates, and reputations as good egg layers.
This chicken breed stays relatively small, are very tame and are also known for their ability to make great mothers when broody, should you decide to incubate some fertile chicken eggs or want a foster mother for your new chicks.
This chicken breed is very docile and friendly, and also lends visual interest to your backyard chicken flock thanks to its distinctive black-and-white feathers.
Another advantage that this breed has over others if you’re looking for a good meat bird is its white plumage, which doesn’t leave pigment in the skin like dark-feathered chickens do.
There are hundreds of chicken breeds to choose from, but you will likely come across one of the 60 different breeds recognized in the American Standard of Perfection, the official breed standard of the American Poultry Association.
In this online guide to raising chickens, you’ll discover the top five chicken breeds for beginners.
The Rhode Island Red is the quintessential backyard chicken breed and is very popular among beginners.
If you’re raising backyard chickens for their eggs, few breeds do better than the white Leghorn.
Each backyard chicken breed possesses one or more of the above characteristics and is popular among both beginners and experts.
One of the most exciting steps in starting your own backyard chicken flock is trying to decide which chicken breed to get.
I want a rooster EE, but will that breed with the olive egger? Will that be ok? I want the offspring (and hens and rooster) to be calm and friendly and preferably larger chickens.
This breed originated from crossing of Black Spanish, Crevecoeur, and DuMan blood lines as evident by its high carriage, activity, large white lobes, V-shaped comb, and the trace of crest on its head, which crops out on specimens of the French breeds.
During the same period, selected matings of the progeny from White Leghorns, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Australorps and Brown Leghorns were bred to produce a fowl with the same characteristics with a barred feather pattern, thus the Barred Hollands were originated.
In the production of this breed two crosses were made in 1908, a Dark Cornish male mated to a White Leghorn female and a Rhode Island Red male mated to a White Wyandotte female.
The skin color is white and the eggs shells are very dark brown.
The color of the skin is white and the eggs shells are light brown.
The skin is yellow and the eggs shells vary in color from very light to a rich brown, depending on individual, strain, and the stage of production.
The skin color is white and the eggs shells are brown.
The skin color is white and the egg shells are light to dark brown.
Black and White Rosecomb Bantams are noted for perfection of comb and lobe, quality of feather, lustrous plumage color and distinctly proud and stylish type.
Hollands are the offspring from previous mating of fowls imported from Holland crossed with White Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshires and Lamonas that were selected for desired characteristics, resulting in the breed known as the White Hollands.
The main points for exhibition purposes are the curl, which is most pronounced on feathers not too broad; the purity of color in plumage, correctness in leg color; i.e., yellow legs for the white, red, or buff, and yellow or willow for other varieties.
Currently, the American Poultry Association recognizes Buff, Partridge, White, Black, Silver-laced, Golden-laced, Blue, Brown and Barred varieties of the Cochin.
The texture of feather is important in Wyandottes, especially in the White variety, where broad feathers and smooth fitting plumage are necessary to preserve the characteristic curvilinear breed type of the true Wyandotte.
The following season, the pullets from the first Class, the Dark Cornish male and the White Leghorn female, were mated with a cockerel from the Rhode Island Red and White Wyandotte cross.
The Plymouth Rock is a dual purpose fowl for the production of eggs and meat.
Rhode Island Reds and Whites are general purpose fowls, bred for the production of meat and eggs.
The skin color is white and the eggs shells are white.
Partridge Plymouth Rocks are a result of Partridge Cochin, Dark Cornish, Single-comb Golden Wyandotte males, Brown Leghorns, Golden Laced Wyandottes and Barred Plymouth Rocks being amalgamated to form the new variety.
They originated from crossing a black fowl with one of its white sports, these two colors producing a bluish-slate fowl.
Wyandottes are of medium weight, dual purpose fowl for the production of meat and eggs.
They originated in Southeastern Europe, but were bred in Turkey under the name of "Sultan’s Fowl," the breed evidently enjoying the favor of Turkish rulers, possible due to their attractive appearance.
Primarily bred for egg production, Classed as a non-sitting, utility fowl, but upright carriage and attractive color marking have made Campines popular for exhibition purposes as well.
These sports lacked the black extension factor that would normally have been transmitted from the Barred Plymouth Rock male with the results they became almost white, showing a slight indication of barring in the hackle, primaries, secondaries and tail.
There is no record of any outside blood having been introduced and the breed has been developed by farm poultrymen of New Hampshire by the continual selection of breeding stock for early maturity, large brown shelled eggs, quick feathering, strength and vigor during its evolution.