Just in time for spring chick orders, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is releasing an expanded version of our Pickin' Chicken app. This complete, illustrated guide helps you find the chicken breed right for you from a newly augmented library of over 82 different breeds and 163 varieties of chickens. Included are 19 Search Categories, rare and heritage breeds, over 140 new photos, a Glossary of terms, a list of Resources, and tips on chicken care. The app is available through the Apple Store for $2.99, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
The app is designed to help novices and “egg-sperts” alike find the breed that is right for their needs. Each search result listing includes a thumbnail photo, the breed name, heritage, icons for egg size and color, and the weight at harvest time for each chicken. Selecting any of the breed listings brings up a summary, including the American Livestock Breed Conservancy’s Endangered status for the breed, and a detailed entry on that particular breed of chicken. The breed profile includes full screen photos with zoom abilities along with access to an additional online chicken photo gallery.
The more experienced chickenist can drill down to the app's extensive searching capabilities in the “Eggspert” screen. This expanded edition offers 19 different searching features, including for those harvesting chickens for the table. The "Eggspert" search function adds several options: breed name or origin; standard or bantam; temperament; climate; flavor recognition; weight range; comb type; housing suitability; heritage; free range; forager; sex-linked; broody; and American Poultry Association (APA) recognition.
The app uniquely shows a wide array of breeds, their varieties, and photos of different age and gender chickens. For instance, the breed of Old English Game shows 11 different varieties, including Silver Duckwing, White, Lemon Blue, Spangled, and many others.
To find a hatchery near you, be sure and visit the Directory of Hatcheries and Poultry Breeders that we've developed in conjunction with our sister magazine, GRIT.
Feature Highlights of the Expanded Edition
• Search for chickens using a friendly question and answer approach
• Pinpointed eggspert search for the power chickenist
• Alphabetical browsing of over 82 breeds and their varieties
• Filtering on rare and heritage breeds
• Track your favorite breeds
• Detailed breed profiles
• Over 300 chicken photos with multiple varieties for many breeds
• Additional resources for chicken care and hatcheries to contact for your picked chicks
• The ability to enter the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Chicken Coop Raffle from within the app