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Here are the most popular small-flock "breeds" (some aren't actually breeds) as determined by my unscientific survey. I can't guarantee that the order of popularity is correct, but I can guarantee that the 10 most popular small-flock chicken breeds in North America are on this list.

 

 

1. Plymouth Rock

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth_Rock_%28chicken%29

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Plymouth-Rock-B85.aspx

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/plymouth-rock

 

 

 

2. Rhode Island Red

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhode_Island_Red

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Rhode-Island-B97.aspx

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/rhode-island

 

 

 

3. "Easter Egger"

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog/Day-Old-Baby-Chicks/Easter-Egger-p246.aspx

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Egger

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/easter-eggers

 

 

 

4. Australorp

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Australorp-B14.aspx

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australorp

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/australorp

 

 

 

5. Leghorn

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Leghorn-White-B65.aspx

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Leghorn-Non-White-B66.aspx

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leghorn_%28chicken%29

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/leghorn

 

 

 

6. Orpington

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orpington_%28chicken%29

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Orpington-B80.aspx

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/orpington

 

 

 

7. New Hampshire

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_%28chicken%29

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/new-hampshire-red

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/New-Hampshire-Red-B76.aspx

 

 

 

8. Red Sex-Link (Red Star, Golden Comet)

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_link

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog/Day-Old-Baby-Chicks/Red-Star-p224.aspx

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/star

 

 

 

9. Black Sex-Link (Black Star)

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_link

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/star

 

 

 

10. Wyandotte

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyandotte_%28chicken%29

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Wyandotte-B6.aspx

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/wyandottes-chicken-breed-page

 

 

 

11. Welsummer

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Welsummer-B108.aspx

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsummer

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/welsummer

 

 

 

12. Cochin

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochin_%28chicken%29

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Cochin-B30.aspx

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/cochin

 

 

 

13. Old English Game

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_English_Game

 

http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/Games/GameBantams/BRKOEGBantams.html

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/old-english-game

 

 

 

14. Silkies

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silkie

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Silkie-Bantam-B100.aspx

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/silkie

 

 

15. Jersey Giant

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Giant

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Jersey-Giant-B57.aspx

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/jersey-giant

 

 

 

16. Polish

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_%28chicken%29

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Polish-B91.aspx

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/polish

 

 


Edited by Bullitt - 2/10/12 at 8:08pm
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Feel free to add your favorites to the list. Make sure to include a link to information about the breed or type.

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Why is Plymuth Rock better then Australorp?? Iam thinking to get chicks and add to my RIR. But stuck betvin PR and Australorp. Australorp more egg 5 week but PR look better and 4 egg week. Need little help from experts
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both are really good birds and have similar characteristics, it really comes down to personal preference.  I know there are a million different reasons for one breed over another, But I always recommend to people get something you enjoy looking at. for Example if you get the Australporps you are looking at a black bird with a sheen and white bottomed feet, if you go Plymouth rock it could be white, barred, buff, silver penciled, Partridge,columbian, or blue

 

both are going to be great birds with very little in performance on the backyard flock as farm egg production

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Why is Plymuth Rock better then Australorp?? Iam thinking to get chicks and add to my RIR. But stuck betvin PR and Australorp. Australorp more egg 5 week but PR look better and 4 egg week. Need little help from experts


This list is the most popular types of chickens for a small flock. I wouldn't say one is better than the other, because it depends on what you want.

 

Plymouth Rock and Australorp are both good breeds if you are looking for eggs. Both breeds are generally pretty friendly and good egg-layers. Although, the Australorp is a little better at laying eggs.

 

You might think about getting a few of each breed. You would probably be happy with either breed, but variety is good.

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Originally Posted by spangledcornish View Post

both are really good birds and have similar characteristics, it really comes down to personal preference.  I know there are a million different reasons for one breed over another, But I always recommend to people get something you enjoy looking at.



This may be why many people have a variety of breeds in their flocks. People like looking at all the different shapes and colors of chickens, as well as different sizes and colors of eggs.

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big_smile.png Hello! I have Old English Bantams that I raise for chicks. I have kept all of them pure bred. I have Barred, Self Blue and BB Reds. I didn't know, until I read the link from the beginning of this thread, that Old English are endangered. I will be absolutely sure to keep my chicks pure bred! I have enjoyed all my Bantams but the BB Red which was my first pair are my heart! The roo,Eugene, likes to sit on my shoulder and look around! They are very docile chickens. My Self Blue hen,Pearl, is a character! She starts chirping and cackling as soon as she hears the house door open. She keeps it up until I pick her up and then she just tucks her head under my chin and goes to sleep like a baby! The Barred are my most recent purchase. I think they all have personalities and I wouldn't trade any of the flock for anything!

   I went from a few chickens for eggs to 30 standard and 10 banty chickens! Throw in a couple of wiener dogs( who love to roundup the birds!) and a Golden Retriever (who won't retrieve!) and lucky for me I have a very tolerant Husband and son! Semper Fi, oorah!!

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   I went from a few chickens for eggs to 30 standard and 10 banty chickens! Throw in a couple of wiener dogs( who love to roundup the birds!) and a Golden Retriever (who won't retrieve!) and lucky for me I have a very tolerant Husband and son! Semper Fi, oorah!!

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I like to see a varied egg basket. and I like to look at different breeds in my yard.    Unless you are breeding them, there is no reason to even have a roo.  I like  sussex, barred rock, chanteclers, ameraucanas or EE for their colored eggs, and maybe one marans for a dark egg.  I know the marans do not lay like a production bird would, I just like to see that dark egg in my carton.     I would have one production RIR or leghorn for good egg production too.  And I love the welsummer for its darker sorta speckley egg that mine produces too.

Living the good life with husband of 33 years, three grown, married children, 4 grandchildren.  And about 550 hostas.
Raising heritage  LF RC RIR's,  a couple of Marans and a few olive and easter eggers for a pretty egg basket.

Member of the APA and Rhode Island Red Club of  America.
See why worming is so important:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=7474233

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Living the good life with husband of 33 years, three grown, married children, 4 grandchildren.  And about 550 hostas.
Raising heritage  LF RC RIR's,  a couple of Marans and a few olive and easter eggers for a pretty egg basket.

Member of the APA and Rhode Island Red Club of  America.
See why worming is so important:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=7474233

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I'm new to chickens and trying to pick my breeds. Orpington is on my list. Is the color that I choose play a factor in their personality?
Thanks
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