Belgian D’Uccle: Mille Fleur Variety, Egg Laying and More…

Belgian D’Uccles

Chickens don’t come any cuter than Belgian D’Uccles – but I am biased, of course! If only one breed I could keep, they would be it. Also known as Barbu D’Uccles, these pint-sized birds have personality by the bucketful. They love your company and will often fly up to your arm or shoulder to sit […]

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Delaware Chicken: Care, Egg Laying and Pictures

delaware chicken

Delaware chickens are a relatively new breed of chicken to the chicken world. In the 1940s it was all set to become the broiler industry ‘superstar’, but things went awry and Delaware languished and fell into obscurity. They are only around today thanks to a few dedicated individuals who kept and raised this breed. In […]

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The White Rock Chicken: Egg Laying, Temperament, and Broodiness

white rock chicken

The White Rock chicken is an all-star chicken that will get the job done on the farm, and serve up dinner too. This American breed originated in Massachusetts and was named after Plymouth Rock. While the White Rock is often referred to as a breed on its own, it is actually a variety of the […]

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Orpington All You Need To Know: Personality and Egg Color

orpington chicken

The Orpington has become a well-loved favorite among the chicken crowd – deservedly so. She not only lays lots of beautiful eggs but is generally a laid-back, quintessential backyard hen. This breed was created in England turning the last part of the 1800s’ by a man who had a slightly different vision of chickens than […]

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The Red Star Chicken: Egg Laying, Temperament, and Broodiness

The Red Star Chicken is the superstar of the egg-production industry. This chicken is hands-down the rockstar, and it’s no wonder it has such a unique name to go along with its abilities. The Red Star is not an actual breed, but instead, she is a super-duper, well-thought-out hybrid. They are also known as Sex-Link, […]

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Golden Laced Wyandotte: Egg Laying, Broodiness and Temperament

gold laced wyandotte

The Golden Laced Wyandotte is possibly one of America’s most beautiful and beloved chickens and one that is hard to mistake with its stunning plumage. It is a breed that was created in the fairly recent past by poultry farmers looking for a homegrown dual-purpose chicken. At the time there were few truly dual-purpose breeds […]

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Cream Legbar Chicken: Is This Blue Egg Wonder The Chicken For You?

The Cream Legbar has become a firm favorite here in the US at least, in part for its’ blue eggs. It is a fascinating study in genetics as few breeds have had their origins so well mapped. As you may imagine, the breed was not created overnight, in fact, it took several decades of study, […]

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Silver Laced Wyandotte: Egg Production, Temperament and More…

silver laced wyandotte

The creation of the Wyandotte breed came about from the desire to have a chicken breed that was suitable as an ‘all-rounder’ – that is, for both eggs and table fare. Wyandotte’s are good layers of light to dark brown eggs averaging about 200 eggs/year. Of course, other colors came along later, but the Silver […]

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The Minorca Chicken: Egg Laying, Broodiness, and Temperament

minorca chicken

Initially, from Spain, the Minorca chicken made her way to the US and into the hearts of backyard poultry enthusiasts, and with good reason: Who needs to wait for double-yolks when you have a Minorca?  This beautiful chicken lays some of the largest eggs out of all the standard breeds. So if you are looking […]

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Speckled Sussex: Egg Production, Temperament and More…

speckled sussex

The Speckled Sussex is an old-time favorite in its homeland of England. It has endured over the centuries to become a firm favorite with a dedicated following. Although other varieties of Sussex fowl were in danger of dying out in the early 1900s, a few die-hard poultry keepers kept the lines going, greatly improving on […]

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