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Most Popular Small-Flock Chickens -- Resource For Selecting Your Chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bullitt, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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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_(chicken)

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

    https://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

    https://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

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



    4. Australorp

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

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

    https://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_(chicken)

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



    6. Orpington

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orpington_(chicken)

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

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



    7. New Hampshire

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_(chicken)

    https://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

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



    9. Black Sex-Link (Black Star)

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

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



    10. Wyandotte

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyandotte_(chicken)

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

    https://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

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



    12. Cochin

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochin_(chicken)

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

    https://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

    https://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

    https://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

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



    16. Polish

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_(chicken)

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

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/polish
     
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  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  3. Serge

    Serge Out Of The Brooder

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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
     
  4. spangledcornish

    spangledcornish Chillin' With My Peeps

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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
     
  5. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  6. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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    AHDCST Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] 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!
     
  8. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  9. Beckyinva

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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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