There are many types of chickens, so when starting your flock, consider your families needs.
Do you want eggs and lots of them? what about chicken meat? are you interested in a few fancy friends for fun? are you considering Raising Chickens on a larger scale? here are the chicken breed classes and their intended use.
1. good egg layers are the types of chickens most families start out with. They begin to lay at 4-5 months old and are not as likely to become broody and try to set their clutch. as long as you remove the hens eggs regularly she will consider that there are not yet enough, and continue to lay for you regularly and often. try these friends on for size:
The best meat chickens grow large quickly (6 weeks to fryer stage). you will save money as you will have a steady source of homegrown chicken meat available year round. Organic free range chickens also are free of the antibiotics and hormones you don’t want in your families diet.
3.Dual Purpose Chickens
Great for the beginner, these types of chickens are hardier and healthier overall. The dual purpose Chicken Breeds can be used as egg layers, and also for fryers. If you have a small farm, homestead or even a backyard area for your flock, you can keep these types of chickens. Choose from:
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4.Fancy Breeds for Show
These gorgeous creatures have various amusing feathers such as an explosive crested headdresses, wild colors, feathered feet, beards, extreme puff everywhere, or even five toes. Many of the fancies are Bantam chickens. these make excellent friends and some of these, affectionately called Easter Egg Chickens will even lay little eggs for you.
See all types of chickens from bantam chickens to assorted rare chicken breeds around the world.
Bantam Chicken Breeds
Cochin bantams were first brought to England in the 1860′s and were then referred to as Pekins. a very docile, gentle bird, Cochin chickens require little space, are excellent egg producers of many color varieties and are gorgeous to look at. They all have heavily feathered feet and legs and are considered excellent broody hens. here are several of the most popular:
Cochin Bantams- a pure soft white chicken with bright ready wattle and comb. very gentle, require little space and are excellent setters on their eggs.The cochins come in a wide variety of colors and patterns including red, black, mottled, golden laced, barred, buff and frizzle colors red, white and black.
Feather footed Bantams- The most popular of the bantam varieties, chickens have heavy feathering all down the leg to the feet. again a wide variety of flavors including the beautiful Mille Fleur, porcelain, sultan, white and black silkies, buff and blue silkies and light and dark brahma bantams.
Clean Legged Bantams- some of the most beautiful varieties are the clean legged bantams, including the small golden sebright, black rosecombs, silver duckwing, silver penciled rock bantams and the Japonese White Bantam here:
Of all types of chickens, the Bantam chicken breeds are arguably the most endearing and pretty, with their strut about attitude in such a miniature package. consider them when you want friends.
When raising backyard chickens for eggs or meat, you have a wonderfully attractive variety of larger birds to choose from. Enjoy these pictures of chickens!
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