Best Chicken Breeds for Backyard Flocks

Use our survey results to help you choose the best chicken breeds for egg or meat production, temperament, and more.



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With so many varieties of purebreds, hybrids, and crossbreds to choose from, the best chicken breeds for you is out there somewhere.
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Chickens cornish
Bantam White Cornish hen. Cornish chickens do well on pasture or in confinement.
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Buckeye chicken
Buckeye rooster. Buckeyes tolerate cold weather well.
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Chickens brahmas
Dark Brahma hen. Brahmas are calm and easy to manage.
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Chickens White-faced Black
White-faced Black Spanish rooster. Hens of this breed are productive layers.
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Chickens bantam Modern Game
Bantam Modern Game rooster. Hens of this breed frequently want to hatch eggs.
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Chickens Orpington
Buff Orpington rooster. Orpingtons are calm, dual-purpose chickens.
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Chickens Araucana
Bantam Araucana rooster. Hens of this breed lay bluish eggs.
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Chickens LaFleche
La Fleche hen. If you want particularly tasty meat, the La Fleche breed is a good choice.
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Chickens Leghorn
Bantam Leghorn rooster. Leghorns mature early and lay lots of eggs.
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Eggs
Almost half the people who responded to our survey sell eggs.
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