Official BYC Poll - What Breed Characteristics are Most Important to You?

What are your most important characteristics when choosing a breed?

  • Temperament

    Votes: 300 76.9%
  • Cold Hardiness

    Votes: 151 38.7%
  • Heat Hardiness

    Votes: 132 33.8%
  • Egg Production

    Votes: 198 50.8%
  • Egg and Meat Production (dual purpose)

    Votes: 64 16.4%
  • Egg Color

    Votes: 125 32.1%
  • Egg Size

    Votes: 69 17.7%
  • Meat Production

    Votes: 9 2.3%
  • Aesthetics / Looks

    Votes: 180 46.2%
  • Good Broodies

    Votes: 56 14.4%
  • Lack of Broodiness

    Votes: 49 12.6%
  • Pedigree

    Votes: 13 3.3%
  • Showability

    Votes: 33 8.5%
  • Heritage, Endangered, Rare

    Votes: 80 20.5%
  • Size

    Votes: 69 17.7%
  • Feed Consumption (cost to feed)

    Votes: 36 9.2%
  • Purchase Price

    Votes: 58 14.9%
  • Resistance to Diseases and Parasites (hardiness)

    Votes: 161 41.3%
  • Other

    Votes: 35 9.0%

  • Total voters


Free Ranging
Jul 27, 2017
Prescott, AZ
You do have to take into account those that selected "Egg and Meat Production", like I did. I prefer less specialized birds, and I imagine many others that eat meat from their own flocks feel the same way.
I also chose "Egg and Meat Production" because the meat only birds must be done at a certain time and stored in the freezer. I do not want to buy a bigger freezer.


Apr 17, 2018
I tend to prefer pea and rose comb breeds(although it makes sexing all that much harder...), which of course relates to both their looks and their cold hardiness.
I really like experimenting with fluffy faced and fluffy footed breeds(d'uccles are my favorite bantams). We have some chickens that we call our "Napoleons" because they're horribly crossbred, but originally were Cochins like my avatar whose name was Napoleon. He was our first rooster(completely accidental), and he was amazing, to say the least. So, although he's passed, we have 3 of his daughters and I think 4 granddaughters... his line has done amazing at producing hens and not a single roo since him.
I love both extremely large breeds like our brahmas, as well as our short and fat cochin crosses, and tiny little bantams. Basically, anything that's not gangly looking goes.
And lastly, I'm not going out looking for super expensive birds since I really like and prefer to crossbreed so there's no sense in spending a bunch just for the breed name.


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Crossing the Road
Apr 9, 2016
California's Redwood Coast
If you choose other, please reply with what you look for.
I voted other.. reason being, ALL of the above! :thumbsup

Multiple breeds for multiple reasons.. and all being selected to be the best of the best for whichever their purpose.. eggs, meat, eye candy.. the whole cha cha. :wee

Other considerations for me are predator wariness, forage capabilities, confinement tolerance when needed, and sell-ability both cost and popularity of offspring. :)

Still reading through other posts. :cool:


5 Years
May 19, 2015
the Netherlands
My Coop
There is one characteristic missing. Because it isn’t a thing you can choose.

But I would like it if I could choose in loudness. I would love a breed with roosters that don’t give the alarm 🚨.

It would be so great to have a (bantam) rooster that doesn’t wake me and the neighbourhood up every morning at sunrise 🌅 .

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