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Choosing a Chicken Breed

Various Chicken Breeds

Choosing a Chicken Breed

Chickens come in all shapes, color, sizes … and purposes. Did you know that selecting the type of chicken breed to raise in your backyard depends on what you want to get from them? There are basically three groups of chickens to select from according to purpose: laying hens, meat chickens and dual purpose chickens.

Each of these groups of chickens is bred according to a specific use. It is important before choosing a chicken breed to determine what kind of product you want to get from your chickens and raise the variety that can best give you what you need.

A working knowledge about chicken breeds is going to be very helpful in for the beginner. A visit to a chicken raiser in your area to ask him about the different breeds as well as their specific characteristics will really pay off. Most of those who are raising chickens will be very happy to help beginners start raising chickens. If there is no one raising chickens in your area, there is a lot of information which you can get from your local library or the Internet. In fact, if you read through this article you are going to get useful information about choosing a chicken breed.

Dual Purpose Chickens

Dual Purpose Chickens, VariousBreeds

Dual Purpose Chickens

Dual Purpose Chickens are the best egg laying hens combined with the best meat chickens. The truth of the matter is that there are plenty of chicken breeds that are good for both purposes.  As the name itself suggests, they have two-fold purpose of being the best laying hens and meat chickens.

Winter egg producers- top 3 winter laying hens

Winter egg producers

The winter is a challenging time for chicken keepers who are raising laying hens. The natural cycle of a hen’s laying season is such that they are at their most productive when the days are longer and slow down production when the days have grown shorter. However, there are some breeds of winter egg producers that are cold hardy and continue to produce eggs  even throughout the winter. The top three winter egg producers are the Orpington, Plymouth Barred Rock and the Rhode Island Red.

How Many Eggs Per Chicken Does a Laying Hen Produce?

How Many Eggs Per Chicken Does a Laying Hen Produce?

First of all, a laying hen will lay eggs with or without a rooster around. In fact, hens reared in large chicken farms are not fortunate enough to be given the chance. Roosters, you see, are only needed if you want to fertilize the egg so they hatch into cute little chicks that you might want to raise. Farmers that breed  chickens for meat keep roosters so they can grow table chickens. But if you are only keeping laying hens for eggs , you don’t need a rooster.

Chickens in Winter

Chickens in Winter Picture

Chickens in Winter                                                                                      

When you are keeping egg laying hens, one of the main concerns is the laying season. Starting from 6 months, most hens will be ready to lay, depending on the breed. A laying hen is capable of laying one egg a day. Daylight stimulates ovulation so the pituitary gland can induce the ovaries to lay eggs. So the longer the days are, the more ovulation occurs and egg production is at its peak. When the days grow shorter, ovulation is not as frequent and egg production also decreases.

Barred Rock Chicken Breed AKA Plymouth Rock

Barred Rock Rooster Picture

Plymouth and Barred Rock Chicken Breed

Plymouth rocks come in a few varieties. The most common is the Barred Rock. Boston is home to the first appearance of the Plymouth Rock Breed in 1849. The Plymouth Rock is a cross of the Cochin, Dorking, Malay, and red jungle fowl, creating a chicken breed with many variations of plumage and leg color. It is believed that the original Barred Rocks disappeared and that modern day Barred Rocks are a re-creation of the original chicken breed.

Orpington Chicken Breed

Orpington Chicken Breed Picture

Orpington Chicken Breed

The Orpington Chicken Breed originated in England when William Cook was the first to breed an American chicken breed, a Mediterranean chicken breed, and an Asian chicken breed. Cook, a resident of Orpington, England, wanted a laying hen, a meat chicken, and for chicken breed for exhibition.

Rhode Island Red Chicken Breed

Rhode Island Red Chicken Breed Picture

Rhode Island Red Chicken Breed

The Rhode Island Red breed is and all American chicken breed created in the small town of Little Compton, Rhode Island. The breed was created in the 1800’s and first exhibited in Boston in 1880. The Rhode Island Red is a hardy, dual-purpose breed which gained great popularity in the first half of the twentieth century.