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The Pickin’ Chicken app from MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you select the chicken breeds that are just right for you. Pickin’ Chicken 1.1.4 is available through the App Store, and features 82 breeds and more than 100 varieties. This $2.99 app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Would you like brown egg layers that are also good for meat production? Pickin’ Chicken offers a selection of choices. If you’re looking for an excellent layer in that group, the selector will narrow the options. After you’ve seen the options, you can further narrow your selection to show either “heritage” or “endangered” breeds from the list by tapping a button.
One touch of your screen will take you to a more detailed description of each breed or hybrid. Descriptions include free-range foraging ability, purpose (eggs, meat or both), egg size, growth rate, mothering ability, place of origin, conservation status and more.
In “eggspert” advanced search mode, the Pickin’ Chicken app can help you select chicken breeds by even more specific traits, so if you want calm birds that are good foragers but can thrive in smaller spaces, too, the app will guide you to the right breeds. Select purpose, group (standard or bantam), egg size, egg color, lay rate, growth rate, temperament, climate and other traits that you want (including combinations of these), and the app will show you which breeds are the best match. If you’re not looking for specific characteristics, you can simply browse pictures of the 82 breeds in the alphabetical listing.
After you’ve selected the chickens you want each year, the app provides information on caring for them, a glossary of poultry terms and links to other useful resources. Pickin’ Chicken features more than 250 photos. Breed descriptions include information on bantams when available.
Whether you’re planning to buy chicks for the first time or just want to try new breeds of this fascinating bird, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Pickin’ Chicken app can help make breed selection a breeze.