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Types of Chicken Breeds

Ameraucana​
Ameraucana​

Ameraucana The Ameraucana breed was derived from blue egg laying chickens, but they do not have the breeding problems inherent to Araucanas. In addition, rather than ear tufts, they have muffs and a beard, and are very hardy and sweet.

Ancona ​Chicken​
Ancona ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Ancona - The Ancona has a "mottled" color pattern of black with white spots, and both Single Comb & Rose Comb varieties are accepted by the American Poultry Association. Like other Mediterranean breeds, Anconas are closely feathered, active, good foragers and good layers.

Andalusian ​Chicken​
Andalusian ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Andalusian - Developed in the Andalucia, Spain, Andalusians are closely feathered, active and good layers of large white eggs. Blue (laced) is the only variety accepted by the APA, but when two blues are crossed, 25% will be black and 25% will be white.

Araucana​
Araucana​

Araucanas that meet the breed standard are rumpless and tufted, however they are exceptionally difficult to breed because the tufted gene can cause a high percentage of the chicks to die in their shells.

Australorp​
Australorp​

Chicken Breed Information - Australorp - Australorps are the Australian take on the Orpington breed. They are calm and friendly, and excellent layers of light brown eggs. The Australorp's exceptionally soft, shiny black plumage has hints of green and purple in the sunlight.

Barbu d'Uccle​
Barbu d'Uccle​

The hens are known as excellent mothers and tend to go broody. They will probably happily hatch and rear the eggs of other bantam chickens you may be keeping. This breed is a true bantam–meaning there is no standard-sized Barbu-d’Uccle out there. They also come in a wide variety of colors.

Barnevelder​
Barnevelder​

The Barnevelder originates from the Barneveld region of Holland and is so well-known that, according to the Barnevelder Club of North America, the Barnevelder name is synonymous with the word chicken. It is sought after for its dark "chocolate" brown eggs. This beautiful bird is hardy and quiet and doesn't mind being confined.

Booted ​Bantam​
Booted ​Bantam​

Booted Bantams are the same as the famous Belgian Bearded D'Uccle Bantam breed, except Booted bantams are non-bearded.

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Brahma ​Chicken​
Brahma ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Brahma - Brahmas are gentle giants with feathered legs and feet and profuse, fluffy feathering. Originally from India, these birds were bred for meat production, though the hens lay relatively decently and are great setters and mothers.

Buckeye ​Chicken​
Buckeye ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Buckeye - Buckeyes are an endangered breed worth preserving! They are the only chicken breed of the American Class to have been developed by a woman (Nettie Metcalf in -- you guessed it! -- Ohio). Their coloring is a rich mahogany brown with dark gray tips on their tail feathers. Their relatively large size and small pea combs make them hardy in the winter.

Campine ​Chicken​
Campine ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Campine - Campines are a gorgeous Northern European fowl valued for their large white eggs and beauty. Their close-fitting feathers and relatively large combs mean they're not the most cold-hardy fowl, but they can certainly tolerate some cold as they were developed in an area with cold winters. Campines are active birds and love to forage.

Chantecler ​Chicken​
Chantecler ​Chicken​

One of Canada’s two native breeds, the Chantecler can really handle cold. Adversely, they have little tolerance to heat. Their breeding has produced a tight feathered plumage with a thick under layer of down. A dual-purpose chicken, the Chantecler lays four medium, brown eggs a week with a frame also suitable for good meat production.

Cochin ​Chicken​
Cochin ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Cochin - Cochins are known the world over for being big friendly balls of fluff and feathers. They don't lay well but are very popular because of their sweet personality and fantastic mothering qualities.

Cornish ​Chicken​
Cornish ​Chicken​

A Cornish is a particular breed of chicken. Traditional Cornish hens are female Cornish chickens. The Cornish hens available in grocery stores are actually a hybridized breed of bird developed especially for commercial production.

Croad ​Langshan​
Croad ​Langshan​

Langshans, a rare, endangered breed from China, lays a pretty brown egg. The Croad line of Langshans once laid a dark brown egg, but this line is not available from hatcheries (and is even rare to find from breeders). The Langshan is a graceful, nicely-proportioned bird with feathered legs.

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Delaware ​Chicken​
Delaware ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Delaware - The Delaware is a relatively new breed of chicken, having only been developed in 1940. They're a cross between New Hampshire Reds and Barred Plymouth Rocks with the goal of maintaing the prolific egg production of these two breeds but increased meat value.

Dominique ​Chicken​
Dominique ​Chicken​

Dominique Dominiques are considered a "heritage" breed of chicken in that they've been around for hundreds of years and are now critically endangered. Some people can't tell the difference between a Dominique and a Barred Rock, but the trained eye will notice that Dominques have a rose comb versus the Barred Rock's single comb.

Dorking ​Chicken​
Dorking ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Dorking - Dorkings are a very special -- and very endangered -- breed. They're one of the oldest known breeds of chicken domesticated for human use (reportedly having been developed during the Roman empire), as evidenced by their 5 toes instead of the usual 4.

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Dutch Bantam​
Dutch Bantam​

Dutch Bantams are "true bantams", meaning there is no standard-size version of the breed. These fancy little guys come in a ton of varieties like Partridge, Golden Duckwing, Silver Duckwing, Blue Ducking, Cukoo, Blue Golden, Self Blue and others.

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Faverolles ​Chicken​
Faverolles ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Faverolles - Faverolles are one of our favorite chicken breeds. They're wonderfully odd-looking, with muffs, a beard, feathered feet and five toes. Salmon Faverolles are the most commonly available variety.

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Frizzle​
Frizzle​

Frizzle Chicken: Breed Profile, Care Guide and More… Posted by The Happy Chicken Coop on December 7, 2017 Posted In: Breeds What, you may ask is a frizzle? It is most definitely a chicken, but a chicken with a very unusual look and some special needs to go with the look.

Hamburg ​Chicken​
Hamburg ​Chicken​

Hamburgs are a delightful breed known in England as the "Dutch Everyday Layers" or sometimes simply "Everlayers." Not only are they a beautiful breed to show, they're prolific layers of smallish white eggs, and they fare very well in cold weather. Hamburgs are flyers and can be difficult to keep confined.

Holland ​Chicken​
Holland ​Chicken​

Holland Hollands are actually an American breed of chicken, believe it or not. The name derives from the fact that they were originally developed from stock that was imported from Holland.

Houdan ​Chicken​
Houdan ​Chicken​

Houdan Houdans are another froofy French breed, just like their cousins the Crevecoeurs. They're also related to the Polish breed of chicken. Just like Polish and Crevecoeurs, Houdans are crested with fluffy 'dos and have a v-shaped comb. Houdans are unique, however, in having 5 toes and a beard. They're considered very docile and amenable to confinement. They're also efficient in terms of food eaten to egg ratio.They're rarely kept, but easy to find at hatcheries in the U.S.

Japanese ​Bantam​
Japanese ​Bantam​

Japanese Bantam The Japanese Bantam is a truly unusual breed of chicken! It's one of the few breeds that's a "true bantam", meaning it is not and never was bred as a standard-size chicken.

Java Chicken​
Java Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Java - The lovely Java is a critically endangered old dual-purpose breed developed in America from Asian stock, and they are the oldest American breed aside from the Dominique.

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Jersey Giant​
Jersey Giant​

Chicken Breed Information - Jersey Giant - This chicken is supersized! The Jersey Giant, as its name implies, was developed in New Jersey and is a true giant of the chicken world.

Lakenvelder​
Lakenvelder​

Chicken Breed Information - Lakenvelder - These Dutch birds are thought to be named after the town of Lakenvelt, but they were developed in Germany.

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Legbar​
Legbar​

Photos and breed information for Legbar Chickens (including Cream Legbar) one of the first autosexing chickens created at Cambridge University. Photos and breed information for Legbar Chickens (including Cream Legbar) one of the first autosexing chickens created at Cambridge University.

Leghorn ​Chicken​
Leghorn ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Leghorn (White) - Remember Foghorn Leghorn the cartoon? Yep, this bird one and the same. (Seasoned pros know that Leghorn is pronounced "Leggern".) The White is separate from the rest because they lay large, white eggs practically every day! Other varieties aren't nearly so prolific. Whites are said to be nervous, but ours have been the sweetest, most tame of all ...

Marans​
Marans​

Cuckoo Marans in this country are often clean-legged, while others have the standard feathered legs. My Pet Chicken is privileged to be able to offer some extremely rare Marans varieties, including Black Coppers, in addition to the Silver Cuckoos.

Minorca ​Chicken​
Minorca ​Chicken​

Minorca Minorcas are also called the "Red Faced Black Chicken", and to look at it it's no wonder why. They have red faces, huge red wattles and large red combs.

Modern Game ​Fowl​
Modern Game ​Fowl​

Modern Games are kept purely for ornamental (show) purposes, and bantams much more so than standards. Some scoff at the bantams' size and appearance (okay, we did too at first), but they are darling little creatures whose bodies can fit in the palm of your hand. They are to the chicken world what Italian Greyhounds are of the dog world.

Naked Neck​
Naked Neck​

Chicken Breed Information - Naked Neck (Turken) - Who knew turkeys and chickens could interbreed? This bird looks like a turkey due to its "naked neck", but it's all chicken! It was bred this way to be easier for cooks to pluck.

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New ​Hampshire Chicken​
New ​Hampshire Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - New Hampshire Red - New Hampshire Reds are derived directly from Rhode Island Reds, and over the years they've changed so much from selective breeding that they've come to be recognized as a new breed.

Old English ​Game Fowl​
Old English ​Game Fowl​

Chicken Breed Information - Old English Game - The Old English Game fowl descends directly from a fighting breed known as the Pit Game. Though cockfighting is no longer allowed in England, this breed's personality hasn't changed.

Orloff Chicken​
Orloff Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Russian Orloff - Although they're called "Russian" Orloffs (or sometimes just Russians), this beautiful breed actually originally comes from Persia. The Russian Orloff name comes from a famous Russian breeder of these birds, named Count Orloff-Techesmensky. They are very cold hardy birds with their small combs and fat bodies; the hens lay a fair number of light ...

Orpington ​Chicken​
Orpington ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Orpington - Orpingtons are big, friendly dual-purpose birds originally developed in the UK, and for many small farms Orpingtons are the only way to go!

Pekin Chicken​
Pekin Chicken​

This fancy feathery friend will be the feature of your flock! Click to find out more and compare other breeds in our online "Learning Centre".

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Plymouth ​Rock Chicken​
Plymouth ​Rock Chicken​

Plymouth Rock Barred Plymouth Rocks or "Barred Rocks", as they're called, are one of the most popular dual-purpose chickens on small farms today. Their heritage is unclear with reports of different crosses, but what is clear is that they're very friendly, great layers of large brown eggs and able to withstand cold weather quite nicely.

Polish ​Chicken​
Polish ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Polish - Polish are a very special and unique breed of chicken with their huge bouffant crest of feathers and v-shaped comb. They are tame but their behavior can be a bit wacky since their crest limits their vision. When in a flock with more aggressive breeds, Polish will tend to be on the low end of the pecking order.

Rhode Island ​Red​
Rhode Island ​Red​

Chicken Breed Information - Rhode Island - Rhode Island Reds are held in such high esteem that they're the official Rhode Island state bird. They were once hugely popular in America, though they declined right along with the small farmer. Today they're making a comeback due to small flock owners (like us!).

Rosecomb​
Rosecomb​

Chicken Breed Information - Rosecomb Bantam - Rosecombs are a fancy, proud little breed of chicken. They're "true bantams" meaning there is no standard-size version of this chicken.

Sebright ​Chicken​
Sebright ​Chicken​

Sebrights are a very special breed of bantam chicken in that the males and females have exactly the same feathering. It took Sir John Sebright over 30 years to develop this trait. In almost every other breed of chicken, the flamboyant feathering of males is easy to distinguish from the females.

Serama​
Serama​

The Malaysian Serama bantam is the smallest breed of chicken in the world, weighing less than 500g. They are only 15-25 centimetres tall and are the result of crossing Japanese bantams with Malaysian bantams.

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Silkie​
Silkie​

Of all the ornamental chicken breeds, the Silkie Bantam is one of the most popular and beloved, and certainly one of the most entertaining to watch. Can't you tell why? They're the lap kitty of the chicken world, complete with hair-like plumage and an incredibly sweet temperament.

Sumatra ​Chicken​
Sumatra ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Sumatra - Sumatras are an exceedingly rare breed of chicken with a personality closer to that of a wild game bird than a domestic chicken: they are thought to be closely related to the jungle fowl of the Far East. They have been known variously as "Sumatran Pheasants" or "Java Pheasant Game Birds," even though they are most definitely chickens!

Sussex ​Chicken​
Sussex ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Sussex - The Sussex have everything: they are great layers of tinted or light brown eggs--and they lay right through the coldest weather. They are dual purpose birds, though: fat-bodied and not prone to flying when mature, so they are easily fenced.

Welsummer​
Welsummer​

Chicken Breed Information - Welsummer - The Welsummer is a beautiful breed from Holland famous for its deep reddish brown egg color. Many of the eggs are also speckled! Hens are a nicely proportioned partridge pattern, with hints of gold around the neck, medium brown on the body and tail feathers tipped with a rich brown, while males are the stereotypical vision people have of roosters.

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Wyandotte ​Chicken​
Wyandotte ​Chicken​

Chicken Breed Information - Wyandotte - Wyandottes are a favorite amongst backyard flock owners for their dependable egg laying, easygoing nature, hardiness, and the great variety of beautiful feather patterns available.