Chicken Breed Photos & Info

Updated March 24, 2017
          
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 Silkies
Silkies are Miniature Chickens called Bantams and as such, the chicks cannot be sexed.  That's the way it is with ALL Bantam breeds!  
Adult pictures of each breed!   
The 1st four listed are the 
     EARLIEST LAYERS!
BREED
CHICKEN BREED FACTS
                        WHITE
                     LEGHORN

                  Great feed to egg
                        
conversion ratio!
These are the Nation's TOP #1 WHITE EGG LAYER! 
Origin: Italy, Mediterranean Class
Size: 4-4.5 #'s and thin bodied
Temperament: Independent, Active & Skittish, Good Foragers
!
Egg Production: EXCELLENT, 300+ eggs p/y 
Features: 
VERY, EARLY Layer, at age
 16-18 weeks!
 BROWN
LEGHORN


Great feed to egg
conversion ratio!





An alternative TOP WHITE EGG LAYER!
Camouflaged against predators, & very pretty!
Origin: Italy, Mediterranean Class
Size: 4-4.5 #'s and thin bodied
Temperament: Independent, Active & Skittish, 
Good Foragers
!
Egg Production: EXCELLENT, 300+ eggs per year
Features: 
VERY, EARLY Layer
at age 16-18 weeks!
 
 The Next two are the TOP 
EARLY LAYER Sex-Links
 
BREED

CHICKEN BREED FACTS
  GOLD SEX-LINK aka the GOLD COMET


Lays EARLY
at age 18-22 weeks! 
The Nation's TOP #1 BROWN EGG LAYER! 
Origin: USA
Size:  Matures at 4.5-5 #'s  
Temperament: CALM & KID-FRIENDLY! 
Egg Production: EXCELLENT 
250-300 Large Brown eggs per year!  
Features: 
Fast body growth. and fast egg production 
at age 18-22 weeks.
 BLACK SEX-LINK aka the BLACK STAR



Lays EARLY 
at age 20-24 weeks!  
The Nation's TOP #2 
BROWN EGG LAYER!
Origin: 
USA
Size:  Hens Mature at 5 #'s 
Temperament: The Alpha Female!
Egg Production: 
EXCELLENT  250-300 Lg Brown eggs per yr!
Features:
 
Fast body growth, and fast egg production 
at age 20-24 weeks
.
 
RHODE ISLAND  RED 
(a Heritage Breed)



This Heritage Breed Created the Standard by which ALL Other breeds have 
to Measure 
Up to!
Origin: Rhode Island in 1904
Size:Hen 7.5 Pullet 6 Roo 9.5 
Temperament: Likes to be the Alpha 
Egg Production: EXCELLENT 250-300 BIG XL Brown eggs per year! 
 
Features:
  Lays at @ age 30-36 weeks of age.  Also GOOD WINTER Layer!
  Dual Purpose: egg laying & meat production
  Pronounced    
Awe-Struh-Lorp
BLACK 
AUSTRALORP
This breed was established 110 years ago by breeding a Australian bird to a 
Black Orpington.
Hence the name!
Origin: Australia
Size: Hen 6.5 lbs, Pullet 5 lbs, Rooster 8.5 lbs  
Temperament:  Very Calm & Friendly, lap sitters!  Great with kids, the very nature of Orpingtons!  
Egg Production: 
EXCELLENT 250-300 XL Brown eggs per year! 
 
Features:
 Lays at @ 26-30 weeks of age. Dual Purpose/meat & eggs.
Excellent Winter Layer!  B
eetle-green shiny b
lack feathers!
   
RHODE  ISLAND  WHITE 
(a Heritage Breed)

Origin: Rhode Island, USA
Size:Hen 6.5 Pullet 5, Rooster 8.5 #'s
Temperament: REAL SWEETHEARTS!
Egg Production: VERY GOOD 240-250 Large BROWN eggs per year
Features: Single Comb, Good Dual Purpose chicken for meat & egg production! Lays @ 26-30 wks
  BARRED PLYMOUTH ROCK





 THE #1 Utah favorite!
Origin: USA since 1874
Size: Hen 7 lbs, Pullet 6 lbs, Rooster 8 lbs
Temperament:Kid-Friendly sweet
Egg Production: VERY GOOD 200 per year of Large Brown Eggs
Features:
 Lays @ 30-36 weeks, an EXCELLENT winter/summer layer!  Dual purpose meat & eggs known as the kind "Grandma" raised!
  WHITE  PLYMOUTH ROCK


Origin: USA since 1874
Size: Hen 7 lbs, Pullet 6 lbs, Rooster 8 lbs
Temperament:Kid-Friendly sweet
Egg Production: VERY GOOD 200 per year of Large Brown Eggs
Features:
 Lays @ 30-36 weeks, an EXCELLENT winter/summer layer!  Dual purpose meat & eggs.  Does as well as the Barred Rock, just not as common.
  BUFF ORPINGTON


Origin: England
Size:  Matures at 8 lbs   
Temperament: Very, Very Calm & Friendly, 
lap sitters!  GREAT w/kids! 
Egg Production: Good Layer of Light brown eggs
Features:
 
 GREAT winter layer but tends to go broody a lot in the summer.  
Good Mothers!  SLOW to mature so Lays @ 8 months of age
   
There are FIVE Wyandotte colors.  Silver Laced is more common.   
The others are VERY Rare & Exotic.

 BREEDS

CHICKEN BREED FACTS 
  SILVER LACED WYANDOTTE
Friendly like all Wyandottes,  
gorgeous LACED
Black & White feathers


Origin: New York State in 1888
Size:Hen 6.5 #'s Pullet 5.5,  Rooster 8.5 
Temperament: Docile!  Works well in confinement or free-range. M
ay go broody, 
Excellent mothers 
Egg Production: VERY GOOD 200 per year of Large Brown Eggs
Features:
 Cold Hardy, Red Rose Comb, Ear Lobes & Wattle, Clean-Legs, Is the parent-variety of ALL Other Wyandottes!
Lays at @ 30-36 weeks of  age
 GOLDEN LACED WYANDOTTE
 VERY 
RARE & EXOTIC

Origin: USA
Size: Hen 6.5 #'s Pullet 5.5,  Rooster 8.5
 
Temperament: friendly like all Wyandottes 
Egg Production: 
VERY GOOD 200 per year of Medium-Large Brown Eggs
 
Features: 
Cold Hardy, 
Red Rose Comb, Ear Lobes & Wattle, Clean-Legs, 
Gorgeous Black & Gold feathers! 
Lays at @ 30-36 weeks of age   
 COLUMBIAN WYANDOTTE
VERY 
RARE & EXOTIC


Origin: USA
Size: Hen 6.5 #'s Pullet 5.5,  Rooster 8.5
Temperament: friendly like all Wyandottes 
Egg Production: 
VERY GOOD 200 per year of Large Brown Eggs
 
Features: 
Cold Hardy, 
Red Rose Comb, Ear Lobes & Wattle, Clean-Legs,
gorgeous Columbian Patterned
Black & White feathers
Lays at @ 30-36 weeks of  age
 BLUE WYANDOTTES
VERY, VERY 
RARE & EXOTIC

Origin: USA
Size: Hen 6.5 #'s Pullet 5.5,  Rooster 8.5
 
Temperament: friendly like all Wyandottes 
Egg Production: 
VERY GOOD 200 per year of Large Brown Eggs
 
Features: 
Cold Hardy, 
Red Rose Comb, Ear Lobes & Wattle, Clean-Legs, 
feathers gorgeous multi-blue 
Lays at @ 30-36 weeks of  age
 BLUE LACED RED WYANDOTTE
VERY RARE & EXOTIC

Origin: USA
Size: Hen 6.5 #'s Pullet 5.5,  Rooster 8.5
Temperament: friendly like all Wyandottes 
Egg Production: 
VERY GOOD 200 per year of Large Brown Eggs
 
Features: 
Cold Hardy, 
Red Rose Comb, Ear Lobes & Wattle, Clean-Legs, 
gorgeous red feathers laced with blue, black or light splash feather pattern.
Lays at @ 30-36 weeks of  age

Easter Eggers
(Ameraucana/Araucana hybrids)
Good Layers of various shades of bluish-green eggs March-Oct
VERY RARE
& EXOTIC
Origin: United States
Size: Hen 5.5 lbs, Pullet 4.5 lbs, Rooster 6.5 lbs
Temperament: Easy Going, Friendly
Egg Production: VERY GOOD 200-280 per year, Green or Blue eggs
 
Purpose: Dual Purpose for meat & egg laying
Features: 
The Rumpless "Araucana" originally came from Chile in South America, discovered by the Araucana Indians.  True Araucana chickens are rumpless (tailless) and have a small curling tuft of feathers next to each ear. Easter Egg Chickens are different because they have cheek muffs, a full beard under the beak, & HAVE A TAIL!  Cache Poultry offers for sale the Ameraucana "Easter Egg" chicken.  The hatcheries I order from have a breeding program objective for the "Easter Egg Chickens": to produce chickens with a wide variety of colors, patterns, combinations of colors, with a full beard under the beak and high egg production of colorful eggs.   The color of their egg shells vary from pale blue to dark blue, to various shades of green and a few light brownish/pink eggs.  Their meat is delicious and tastes like quail.  
 
SPECKLED SUSSEX 

 VERY 
RARE & EXOTIC


Origin: Sussex County, England
Size: Hen 7 lbs, Pullet 6 lbs, Rooster 9 lbs
Temperament:  VERY FRIENDLY
Egg Production: VERY GOOD Layers of Light Ivory Brown Eggs 180-240 per year
Features:
 GORGEOUS Spangled Feathers, 
Slow-Growing      
This chicken originated in the county of Sussex and is a very old English breed.  The Speckled Sussex chicken was recognized as a distinct breed in 1914.  The Sussex is a very gentle and colorful bird. This variety of the Sussex breed makes for a good backyard chicken and dual purpose for meat or egg production. This bird is a very good layer and handles confinement well.  Their speckled coloring makes them blend in with the background and camouflages them from predators such as coyotes, and foxes.  They molt every year & more speckles appear so they become even more colorful the older they get.
DELAWARE


Origin: Delaware in the 1940's
Size: Hen 6.5 lbs, Pullet 5.5 lbs, Rooster 8.5 lbs

Temperament: Family Pet, Docile, Super friendly!  
Egg Production:VERY GOOD layers of Large brown eggs 200-280 p/y
Features:
 The Delaware is a dual purpose chicken with a single comb. Plumage is nearly white with black feathers around the neck and tail and the bird is a rapid grower. Origin comes from hatchery man crossing Rock-Reds and occasionally a white colored chick would be in a tray considered to be an “off color” or a “sport”. These white chicks grew very fast and big and after of years of breeding the white offspring they eventually became consistent with their color and color patterns and become a standard breed. In the 1980 and 1990 very few of these pure Delaware flocks still existed and just only in the last 15 years has this breed made a comeback. 
 
BUCKEYE
VERY 
RARE & EXOTIC

Origin: Ohio, USA
Size: Hens 8.5 lbs.
Temperament: Nice Disposition
Egg Production: Lays medium sized Brown eggs
Features: Developed in Ohio solely by a woman in 1902.  VERY cold hardy, pea combs.  Good dual-purpose birds with dark meat.
    


FYI: THE COLOR BLUEA unique genetic feature of BLUE BREEDS is the constant recurrence in offspring of not only all blue chicks, 

but also the black, white, and black-white colors used in the original matings many generations ago to produce these blue birds.  

All blue chicks carry the blue genes and when mated black on white or with other blues in turn produce many blue offspring.  

Approximately 50% of the baby chicks will be all blue.  The other 50% will be black, white, & black/white combinations.

 

NOTE: This is what they'll look like as Adults!  
BREED
 COMMENTS
Chocolate Eggers include Welsummers,  Barnevelders and the Cuckoo and Blue Splash Marans 
BREED
 
           COMMENTS
 Clean-Legged
 CUCKOO
MARANS
VERY, VERY 
RARE & EXOTIC


     
     
Origin: THE CITY OF MARANS, FRANCE
Size: Hens are 7 #s
Temperament: Easy going 
Egg Production: 
GOOD Layers of VERY DARK BROWN CHOCOLATE EGGS
Features: Babies are black with white & yellow.  Mature: Black with white barring, almost speckling















Welsummers can be sexed 

immediately upon hatching. Females have dark, clearly defined lines around their eyes, and extending beyond the eyes, while the same line on males is indistinct and blurry. Females also have a clearly defined dark triangle on the tops of their heads and males have a less obvious,blurrier marking.

VERY RARE & EXOTIC
WELSUMMER



Origin: Welsum, Netherlands
Size: 
Temperament: 
Easy going

Egg Production:  GOOD Layers Very Dark brown 
"CHOCOLATE" eggs
Features: 
Dual Purpose, yellow skin  

Colors: Females are a lovely partridge color, and males have an intricate and beautiful coloring which includes a dark red across the saddle and bright green in the wings, as well as beautiful, black tail feathers. comb, wattle and earlobes are bright red


 

VERY, VERY RARE & EXOTIC
 Double Laced BARNEVELDER

Origin: 

Barneveld region of Holland

Size: Hen 6#, Pullet 5.5# Rooster 7# 
Temperament: Quiet!
Egg Production: 
Good Producers of brown eggs,
Features: 

This beautiful bird has a single comb, is hardy and doesn't mind being confined.  First recognized by the ASP in 1991. Does not become broody.  Dual Purpose Meat & Eggs.

  
    
VERY RARE & EXOTIC

BUFF BRAHMA
Big Show Quality bird!  
Gorgeous

Feathered Legs 
and Feet!


Origin: Asia
Size: 
Hen 
9-1/2 lbs.,
 Pullet 7#, 
Rooster 12#
Temperament: Gentle Giants
Egg Production: Good Producers of 
brown eggs, 
may go broody 
Features:
 Good mothers, Winter Hardy, SLOW TO MATURE! 
Dual Purpose Egg Laying & for meat. 
VERY RARE & EXOTIC

LIGHT BRAHMA
Origin: Asia
Size: 
Hens 9-1/2 lbs., Pullets 7#, 
Rooster 12#
Temperament: Gentle Giants
Egg Production: Good Producers of 
brown eggs, 
may go broody
Features:
 Good mothers, Winter Hardy, SLOW TO MATURE!
Big Show bird
Gorgeous
Feathered Legs & Feet!
Purpose:
 
Dual Purpose for Egg Laying & meat.

VERY RARE & EXOTIC
BLUE COCHIN STANDARD
Gorgeous, 
BIG SHOW BIRD
Feathered Legs & Feet!
Origin: Chinese Shanghai Fowl
Size: 
Hens 8-1/2 lbs. Pullets 7 lbs.
Rooster 11 cockerel 9 
Temperament: Gentle & Excellent kid-friendly 
Egg Production: Poor Producers of 
tinted eggs, so DON'T expect lots of eggs!
Features:
 Arrived in England & America in 1845.  Noted for massive size, soft down-like under fluff feathering, toe & leg feathers.  
Purpose: 
Exhibition & Meat 
Silver Laced
VERY RARE & EXOTIC
SILVER LACED COCHIN STANDARD
Gorgeous, 
BIG SHOW BIRD
Feathered Legs & Feet!
Origin: Chinese Shanghai Fowl
Size: 
Hens 8-1/2 lbs. Pullets 7 lbs.
Rooster 11 cockerel 9 
Temperament: Gentle & Excellent kid-friendly 
Egg Production: Poor Producers of 
tinted eggs, so DON'T expect lots of eggs!
Features:
 Arrived in England & America in 1845.  Noted for massive size, soft down-like under fluff feathering, toe & leg feathers.  
Purpose: 
Exhibition & Meat

 
Silkie chicks are always sold straight run!   Bear in mind that if you end up with a male and cannot keep it, YOU will have to determine what to do with it! 

  
SILKIES are the FAMILY PETS of Choice which you can keep for their whole 10 year life span!  

You can order the following colors from hatcheries:
White, Buff, Blue, Blue Splash, Red, Partridge and
Self Blue (Lavender).  
PLEASE NOTE: Silkie chicks can only be shipped STRAIGHT RUN since vent-sexing them would kill them!
No hatchery will do that!
 
Silkies are Bantams, meaning MINIATURE chickens, and adults only get up to a mere 32-36 ounces! 
 They'll need their OWN PEN, separate from Large-Sized chickens who might pick on them or kill them!


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