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Popular Chicken Breeds

Raising backyard chickens has become a popular hobby over the past few years.  There are many different breeds available, make sure you pick the ones best suited for your needs.

Top Breeds for Egg Production

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Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island Reds may be known as 'dual purpose' (can be used for eggs or meat), but are one of our top recommendations for people who want tons of eggs.  These chickens are hardy, very friendly, and lay up to 250 eggs per year!

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Leghorn

Leghorns are another very popular backyard chicken breed, brought to the states from Italy in the 1800's.  Their shy and hard to tame attitude might dissuade beginners, but they reward their keepers with up to 250 eggs per year!

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Hybrid

There are many hybrid breeds out there, with the most popular probably being the Golden Comet.  Hybrids are great picks because they don't require much food, but lay a large amount of eggs.  These resilient chickens lay year round and produce up to 280 eggs per year!

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Sussex

Similar to the Rhode Island Red, the Sussex is considered to be a 'dual purpose' hen.  This is a great breed for people looking to free range their hens, as they would happily eat the bugs in your garden without destroying it!  Sussex are very capable of producing up to 250 eggs per year!

Best for Those Famous "Chicken Cuddles"

Plymouth Barred Rock

Plymouth Barred Rock

Plymouth Barred Rock

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Barred rocks are an older chicken breed and make the perfect chicken for beginners!  The breed is quiet, friendly, and loves to be petted!  Some have even been known to befriend the family dog!  As a bonus, they will produce 4 eggs per week!

Orpington

Plymouth Barred Rock

Plymouth Barred Rock

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Orpington's are large, but gentle, birds that love attention!  They are fairly quiet birds, making them a great fit for suburban environments.  These birds lay around 200 eggs per year, another added bonus!

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Easter Eggers

Easter Eggers

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These gentle giants can be some of the calmest and friendliest birds in your flock! They are very child-friendly and appreciate human contact, making them great lap chickens!  While not the best for egg production, they make great backyard pets!

Easter Eggers

Easter Eggers

Easter Eggers

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Okay, okay, Easter Eggers might not actually be a true breed.  In reality, they are a popular hybrid of Araucana and Ameraucana chickens.  Overall, they are very friendly, easy going, and enjoy sitting in the laps of their favorite people!

The "Fancy-pants" Breeds

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Silkies

Polish Ornamental

Silkies

These adorable chickens are very friendly and have a beautiful, fluffy plumage!  There are several variations of silkie breeds based on their color, we definitely recommend checking these fluff balls out!

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Serama

Polish Ornamental

Silkies

The Serema breed are the smallest chickens in the world!  Famous for their beautiful and exotic colors, they are calm chickens that love to be the center of attention!

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Polish Ornamental

Polish Ornamental

Polish Ornamental

Funny, friendly, and slightly quirky, the polish ornamental chicken are famous for their top hat feather on the head!  They are sometimes shy, but generally friendly and easy to handle!