What is Your Favorite Backyard Chicken Breed?

| 4/3/2009 3:40:03 PM

Backyard Chickens


There are chickens and then there are CHICKENS! The modern factory-farmed chicken breed is a Leghorn. That breed’s ability to become broody and set a clutch of eggs to hatching stage has just about been bred out of them. Chickens that are hatched in incubators, as factory-farmed chickens are, do not need to know how to incubate and care for a brood of chicks.

However, most of the heritage breeds of chickens, those breeds that have been successful free rangers for generations, make great moms. There are also some poultry breeds that produce a slightly higher egg count per year, those that are easier to tame and others that seem to be especially good alarmists when danger approaches.

If you are keeping a small flock of chickens in your backyard or on a small acreage, tell us which breeds you have come to admire and why, in the comments section below.


9/21/2015 9:01:42 AM

I am a relatively new Chicken Mom here in Central CT. My laying flock has one each of the following: Silver Laced Wyandotte, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Columbian Wyandotte, Jersey Giant, Dominique, RIR, Red Sex Link (AKA Red Star or Golden Comet), Partridge Plymouth Rock, Buff Orpington and two Easter Egger crossbreeds. I bought all but the Easter Eggers at our local feed store. I have been looking and looking for a Crested Cream Legbar or a purebred Ameraucana, but so far haven't found any started pullets yet. Most of my girls are friendly to the point of being really underfoot! I am hard pressed to choose a favorite in terms of looks, since they all have beautiful plumage and coloring. I think the most friendly ones are the Buff Orp, the RIR, and the Red Sex Link. Sorry! That's Omelet, Cinnamon, and Estelle, respectively.

Cindy Barton
5/12/2012 3:46:29 AM

We are about to be chicken owners! We are getting some Silkies and some Mille Fluers. We can't wait.

Leslie Schwindt
3/5/2012 3:42:35 AM

I have bred and raised barred rocks for several years. I have had as many as 90 laying hens along with 11 roosters and as few as 15 hens/ 2 roosters. I love them! They are usually well manered, do well in hot & cold climates, awesome brown egg layers and tend to be semi-broody however, I do not usually let them sit. I have hand raised all the chickens that I have, so mine tend to be friendly towards people- I can not speak for ones that are not closely reared by someone though. I would not have any other breed to keep around full time- I am partial to the Barred Rocks! :)

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