BACKYARD CHICKEN BREEDS:WHICH IS BEST FOR YOUR FAMILY?


Backyard Chicken Breeds:Which is Best for Your Family?

 Backyard Chicken Breeds:Which is Best for Your Family?

Would you like to breed chickens but don't know what breed to choose?
 Choosing the wrong type of chicken can be as disastrous as choosing the wrong dog for your family. This is why many chickens end up in rescue - people buy them with good intentions, only to find out that they are noisy / too "far" / not good for children / do not tolerate heat (or cold) ...
 
Like humans, each breed, and each chicken within that species, has its own characteristics, strengths and areas that need improvement. It is important to get this information before you buy.
 
Otherwise, everything can end in tears... I'm here to help you get it right as you dive in and buy or add to your bullpen.
 
On this page you will find links to many types of backyard chickens. Each article contains detailed information about what is best known about each.


Each is a breed I own or know from a family membe. This is all information you can trust, so that when you have your own flock, you, your family, and your chickens will be safe.

Light Sussex

Light Sussex


A great heritage breed, the Light Sussex ticks a lot of boxes for families who want a friendly, fluffy chicken with a pinkish brown egg. He also enjoys being around people or just chilling with his mates.
 
At home in wide open areas and small ranges, the Light Sussex is a good feeder, very useful for anyone on a budget, and makes a nice addition to the flock.

 
Leghorn or Livorno chicken.

Leghorn or Livorno chicken.


 

A reliable layer, Livorno comes from Italy and is resistant to heat and cold. Not as friendly as other types of breeds, it is a good choice for families looking for good meat, a good layer and a whole chicken.


 Red Star Chickens

Red Star Chickens

 is not a pure breed, but a collection of different breeds, combined over generations to be the best egg producer. Funny, friendly and curious, they make great starter chickens - and kids love them.

 However, be careful not to add new chickens to their flock: they can be tyrannical!

 
silkie chickens

silkie chickens


Chicken Silkie: Not good in wet weather, is this the right chicken for your family?
 
Chicken Silkie - the bear of the chicken world! Soft and gentle, Silkies are the only species without barbs on their feathers. And that makes a big difference in their ability to cope with the cold.
 
Sweet, friendly and great for kids, Silkies are also one of the best chickens. But not all chickens are like Silkies. Make sure you know what to look for in a good silk before you buy.


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