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Chicken Breeds

Ameraucana
Ancona
Andalusian
Araucana
Astralorp
Barnevelder
Bianca di Saluzzo
Bionda Piemontese
Braekel (Brakel)
Brahma
Buckeye
California Gray
Campine
Catalana
Chantecler
Cornish (a.k.a. Indian Game)
Cubalaya
Derbyshire Redcap
Dominique
Dorking
Easter Egger
Egyptian Fayoumi
Ermellinata di Rovigo
Faverolles
French Naked Neck
Holland
Iowa Blue
Italian Naked-Neck
Italian Polish
Ixworth
Java
Jersey Giant
Kraienköppe (Twentse)
Lakenvelder
Leghorn
Marans
Marsh Daisy
Mericanel della Brianza
Millefiori di Lonigo
Millefiori Piemontese
Minorca
Modenese
Mugellese
Naked-Neck
New Hampshire
Norfolk Grey
Norwegian Jærhøne
Orloff
Orpington
Penedesenca
Pepoi
Pita Pinta Austuriana
Plymouth Rock
Polish Frizzle
Poltava
Polverara
Red Shaver
Rhode Island Red
Rhode Island White
Robusta Lionata
Robusta Maculata
Romagnola
Scots Dumpy
Scots Grey
Sicilian Buttercup
Siciliana Buttercup
Sussex
Tuffled Ghigi
Valdarnese
Valdarno
WelsuBresse
White-Faced Black Spanish
Winnebago
Wyandotte

Chickens BreedsAbout Chickens

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Chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) are domesticated birds that are raised for meat and eggs. There are over 24 billion chickens worldwide. Raising chickens is relatively inexpensive. Because of the low cost, chicken meat (also called "chicken") is one of the most common kinds of meat in the world.

Most breeds of chickens can fly for short distances and some roost in trees. Chickens are omnivores. In the wild, they often scratch at the soil to search for seeds, insects and even animals as large as lizards, small snakes or young mice. Chickens may live for five to ten years, depending on their breed. The world's oldest chicken died of heart failure at the age of 16 according to Guinness World Records.

Male chickens are called a rooster or a cocks (short for cockerel), female chickens are called hens, and young chicken are called a chicks. Roosters can usually be differentiated from hens by a striking plumage of long flowing tails and shiny pointed feathers on their necks (hackles) and backs (saddle.) However, in some breeds, such as the Sebright chicken, the rooster has only slightly pointed neck feathers, the same color as the hen’s.

Adult chickens have a fleshy crest on their heads called a comb, or cockscomb, and hanging flaps of skin either side under their beaks called wattles. Collectively, these and other fleshy protuberances on the head and throat are called caruncles. Both roosters and hens female have wattles and combs, but in most breeds they are more prominent in males. Several breeds of chickens have an extra feathering under their face, giving the appearance of a beard.

Genetic studies have indicated that chickens originated in Asia. From India, the domesticated chicken was imported to Lydia in western Asia Minor, and to Greece by the fifth century BC. Chickens had been known in Egypt since the mid-15th century BC, with the "bird that gives birth every day" having come to Egypt from the land between Syria and Shinar, Babylonia. The chicken genome has changed less from their dinosaur ancestors than most birds.

Overall chickens are an excellent livestock for a backyard farm, a small, ranch, or a major ranching business. They are fairly low maintenance, safe around small kids, and their eggs and meat are eggcellent…especially when they were laid on your own farm, or backyard!


Chicken Colors

Chickens come in the following colors:
  • Barred
  • Birchen
  • Black
  • Black Breasted Red
  • Black Laced
  • Black-tailed Buff
  • Black-tailed red
  • Black-tailed White
  • Blue
  • Blue Brassy Back
  • Blue Breasted Red
  • Blue Golden Duckwing
  • Blue Laced
  • Blue Laced Red
  • Blue Light Brown
  • Blue Mottled
  • Blue Silver Duckwing
  • Blue Wheaten
  • Blue-red
  • Brassy Back
  • Brown
  • Brown Red
  • Buff
  • Buff Columbian
  • Buff Laced
  • Citrus Spangled
  • Coloured
  • Columbian
  • Coronation
  • Cream Light Brown
  • Crele
  • Dark Brown
  • Exchequer
  • Fawn Silver Duckwing
  • Ginger Red
  • Golden
  • Golden Cuckoo
  • Golden Duckwing
  • Golden Laced
  • Golden Neck
  • Golden Pencilled
  • Golden Spangled
  • Golden-necked mille fleur
  • Gray
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Blue
  • Lemon Mille Fleur
  • Light
  • Light Brown
  • Mille Fleur
  • Mottled
  • Partridge
  • Porcelain
  • Pyle
  • Quail
  • Red
  • Red Pyle
  • Salmon
  • Self Blue
  • Silver
  • Silver Blue
  • Silver Cuckoo
  • Silver Gray
  • Silver Laced
  • Silver Pencilled
  • Silver Spangled
  • Spangled
  • Speckled
  • Splash
  • Tolbunt
  • Wheaten
  • White
  • White Laced Red

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