Choosing your chickens - what's the best breed for you?
What breed of chicken is best for my backyard chicken
house? Getting this right goes a long way to determining the success of
your project. Read on to learn how to choosing your chicken breeds is easy if you follow these
To select the right chicken breeds for
you, first focus on the main reasons that you want to raise them. You should also take
into account your climate and the amount of space you want
to use for raising chickens. What follows are some general guidelines for selecting a
breed of chickens for your chicken coop.
If you want the best possible egg
production, limit your search to
the laying breeds. Understand, however,
that many people feel the best layers
(like White Leghorns) have a
to be more inconsistent and nervous
and to avoid human contact. A couple
of other breeds for exceptional
egg production are Minorca and
For most backyard “chicken farmers” a dual
purpose breed is a great solution. These are breeds
that will provide good quantities of eggs as well as being excellent table fare if you so
The following breeds not only excel as dual purpose, but are generally
quite docile and easy to deal with. Examples of
this type of breed are Rhode Island Reds, Australorp, Sussex and Plymouth
Cold Weather Chicken Breeds
If you live in an area where you experience cold
weather, you want to make sure to select a breed that can handle the cold. Generally
speaking, it is better to have a standard size chicken than a bantam in cold weather
Some of the breeds that do
well in cold climates are Plymouth Rock, Sussex,
Wyandotte and Rhode Island Reds. It’s a good idea to talk to some of your
local farm stores and other local sources of information to determine what breeds are well
suited to your climate.
Selecting the right breed of chicken is
important. But even if you choose a great breed to meet your needs, you
will need to make sure that the home for your chickens is a good
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