| ||Australorp |
The Australorp is a hardy dual-purpose breed, capable of laying 5 eggs a week once they reach the age of 5 months. These are a very each breed to handle at any skill level, making them great for beginners.
| ||Barnevelder |
A triple threat, the Barnevelder is great for egg laying, meat production, and even has a following as a show bird. A large bird, they are known to be calm and easy to handle, even consdiered shy by some.
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The Brahma can do everything, from lay eggs to become a filling dinner to win awards at a breed show. This is one of the largest breeds in the world and is an ideal chicken for newcomers as they're easy to manage.
| ||Cochin |
Cochins will eat anything, causing them to be rather large birds. However, they aren't fantastic layers and mature too slowly to be good meat birds. Instead, they're renowned for their unique personalities.
| ||Cornish |
The Cornish is the star of the meat production world and as such is used more often in the meat industry than any other chicken. Unfortunately, they are a difficult breed to raise properly.
| ||Cubalaya |
Used in Cuba as dual purpose birds but mostly as ornamental in the US, the Cubalaya can do it all. They do great in heat and humidity and make a great choice for first-time chicken owners.
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The Havana Brown is a smart, playful, and above all quiet cat that needs human affection to live a happy life. They can adapt to most environments but need attention to thrive.
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A chicken bred in France, the Faverolles is a dual purpose bird and succeeds as such. Their finely packed feathers allow them to withstand cold climates well and are consdierd the most docile breed in the world.
| ||Java |
While a dual purpose breed, the Java is best when used for meat production as they grow big and they grow fast. They enjoy warm weather, but will need a well-insulated coup in the winter months.
| ||Jersey Giant |
The Jersey Giant is the largest breed of chicken, though because of their huge size it takes them too long to mature to be commercially viable. Regardless, they make excellent chickens on even small farms.
| ||Langshan |
Langshans do great as egg layers and make great food birds as well. First time owners are often surrpised with how friendly they are dispute their large size. That can withstand any weather climate.
| ||Malay |
Malays can stand up to three feet tall and are incredibly strong birds known for their fighting prowess. However, they don't lay often and don't have much meat, so they're primarily ornamental and show birds.
| ||New Hampshire Red |
Consistent with eggs and heavy with meat, the New Hampshire Red is truely a utility bird. They're consdiered very tame and friendly with little or no aggressive tendencies when kept with their own breed.
| ||Orpington |
Orpingtons can do it all, whether it be laying 200 eggs a year, offering a lot of meat when matured, or being easy to handle and show. These are just a good chicken for all occasion.
| ||Plymouth Rock |
Plymouth Rocks may just be the most popular breed in the US due to theri excellent egg laying and hearty frames that make for a good meal. They're also easy to tame and non-aggresive. What's not to like?
| ||Rhode Island Red |
The Rhode Island Red can be used for anything. They're prized for their 220 eggs a year production, but are eharty meat birds and popular in shows. There's nothing this chicken can't do.
| ||Russian Orloff |
Big, strong, and capable of dealing with the harshest winters, the Russian Orloff is a great layer and a great fryer. However, they are considered very endangered, so make sure to breed them frequently.
| ||Wyandotte |
The Wyandotte looks deceptively large, though that's mostly caused by the feathers. They are great egg layers and considered very friendly and easy to care for, making them good for beginners.