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  Breed Notes Varieties Rarity       Type       Eggs Broodiness      Hardiness      Free
Weight Origins Comb Skin Shanks Ears Maturing Confine-ment            Behavior           
Color Rate Size Stand Bantam
The national breed of Switzerland.Spitzhauben (Pointed Hood) & Barthuhner (Bearded)RareLayer Crested or BeardedWhite 160
AverageCan beCold Hardy very cold hardy, except may have problems with freezing crest feathers-4Switzerland centuries ago.Horn V-shaped, duplexWhiteBlueBluish whiteEarly maturingNoFlighty: Flyer, active
Rumpless Araucana
The rumpless, tufted blue-egger.Black, White, Black Breasted Red, Blue, Buff, SilverRareLayer Rumpless Ear TuftsBlue only200
AverageFrequentCold Hardy Yes51.4Chile.Pea YellowWillowRedModerately early maturingYesCalm: Non-aggressive Araucanas carry a lethal gene which causes one quarter of chicks to die in the shell.
Black Australorp
The purported egg-laying champ from OzBlack, only (standard); also blue & whiteCommonDual Purpose Brown 250
AverageCan beHardy very hardy; very cold hardyYes6.5220th century in AustraliaSingle WhiteDarkRedEarly maturingYesCalm: Docile; more easily handled
Large and regal. Once the largest breed of chickenLight, Dark, BuffUncommonDual Purpose Feather Footed, outside onlyBrown 140
AverageFrequentRobust very hardy in heat & coldYes9.52.6Origin has been in disputePea YellowYellowRedSlow to matureYesCalm: Mostly gentle; more easily handled.
Beautiful bird with unique penciling.Golden, SilverVery RareLayer Some males are hen-featheredWhite 150
AverageNon-setterHardy comb subject to frostbiteYes50Belgium in the 19th centurySingle largeWhiteBlueWhiteQuick feathering but late maturingSemiFlighty: Flyer; alert, lively; can be curious; some are rather wild, others can be quite tolerant of humans
Indian Game
Famed meat bird, especially when crossed.White, Dark, White Laced, Red, BuffUncommonMeat Brown light65
AverageCan beCold Hardy -82.6Cornwall in 19th century.Pea YellowYellowRedModerately early maturingYesCalm: Very docile for a game bird, noisy; because of slowness and inability to well defend themselves, not recommended for a mixed flock
Is it beautiful and elegant, or just peculiar-looking?BlackRareFancy Crested Bearded & muffedWhite 150
AverageNon-setterLess Hardy because of fancy feathering, not suited for foul weather; may have problems with freezing crest feathers-6.50Normandy, during or before the 17th century.Horn V-shaped, duplexWhiteWhiteRedModerately early maturingYesFlighty: Active; can be aggressive
America's first breed, often confused with Barred RockBarred onlyUncommonDual Purpose Brown 250
AverageFrequentRobust cold hardyYes51.5New England in early 19th century.Rose YellowYellowRedEarly maturingYesCalm: Mostly calm, but more flighty than other dual purpose breeds
Short legged, very ancient, very EnglishSilver Gray, White, ColoredUncommonDual Purpose Five-Toed Short legsWhite to light tint creamy150
AverageGreatLess Hardy less hardy in general, but cold hardyYes6.51Ancient; believed to have been introduced to England by RomansSingle and rose WhiteWhiteRedSlow to matureYesCalm: Docile; stately or awkward; fattens easily; more easily handled
The French Poodle of chicken breedsSalmon, WhiteUncommonDual Purpose Bearded & muffed Feather footed, outside only Five-ToedTinted creamy190
AverageCan beCold Hardy because of fancy feathering, not suited for foul weather-7.52.2Normandy in early 19th century.Single smallWhiteWhiteRedEarly maturingYesCalm: Alert; very docile; genteel; prone to bullying by others, so may not do well in a mixed flock
La Fleche
The devil bird.Black, Blue, White, & CuckooRareDual Purpose Horns for a combTinted white200
AverageNon-setterHardy Yes5.50Dates back to France during or before the 17th century.Horn V-shaped, duplexWhiteDarkWhiteEarly maturingYesFlighty: Active, avoids human contact
The dark egg layer that wears a crownCreole, Partridge, Wheaten, BlackRareLayer Brown very dark red-200
AverageNon-setterHeat Tolerant very hardy in heatYes40Catalan district of Spain in 20th centuryClavell (carnation)WhiteBlue-greyWhiteSlow to mature-Flighty: Active; avoids human contact
Perhaps the oldest of the crested breedsBearded & Beardless; Black, White, Golden, Silver, Buff LacedUncommonFancy CrestedWhite varies widely to200
AverageNon-setterLess Hardy some subject to health problems;, not suited for foul weather; may have problems with freezing crest feathers;-4.250Europe, but probably not Poland, before the 16th century.V smallWhiteBlueWhiteYesVaries: Mixed reports -- either calm or somewhat flighty; obstructed vision can hinder some activities; can be bullied; mixed reports on how well they do in a mixed flock. special care may be needed since plumage blocks vision
Red Cap, Derbyshire Redcap
Think huge rose comb.Red & black pattern, onlyRareLayer Large rose combWhite 200
AverageNon-setterHardy -60Derbyshire.Rose very large spikedWhiteBlueRedModerately early maturingYesFlighty: Active
A broiler cross that became a breed.White [Columbian]UncommonDual Purpose Brown medium to rich175
Extra-LargeCan beRobust hardy in heat & coldYes6.51.8George Ellis in 1940 in DelawareSingle YellowYellowRedEarly maturingYesCalm: Docile..
Jersey Giant.
The world's largest chicken breedBlack, WhiteUncommonDual Purpose Brown 180
Extra-LargeOccasionalRobust very cold hardyYes100Near Jobstown, New Jersey, in the 1870s by John and Thomas BlackSingle smallYellowDarkRedVery slow to matureYesCalm: Gentle, more easily handled.
Largest Mediterranean, extra-large eggs.Black, White, BuffUncommonLayer White 220
Extra-LargeNon-setterHeat Tolerant excellent hot weather bird; combs subject to frostbiteYes71.75SpainSingle and rose WhiteDarkWhiteEarly maturingYesFlighty: Restlessly active, avoids human contact
New Hampshire
New Hampshire Red
New Hampshire's answer to Rhode IslandLight brownish red, onlyCommonDual Purpose Brown light to medium dark240
Extra-LargeGoodRobust hardy in heat & cold; combs subject to frostbiteYes6.51.9New Hampshire from the Rhode Island Red in early 20th century.Single largeYellowYellowRedVery early maturingYesCalm: Calm; can be docile or aggressive; can be curious.
Sex link
Comets, Stars
Hybrid intended to sex a one day-oldBlack, Red, GoldCommonLayer Brown 300
Extra-LargeNon-setterHardy Yes70-Single YellowYellowRedEarly maturingYesCalm: Docile
Easter Egger
The chipmunky blue-eggerBlack, Blue, Blue-wheaten, Brown-red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten, & WhiteRareLayer Muffed, BeardedTinted blue & blue- green240
LargeOccasionalCold Hardy very cold hardyYes5.51.6South american.Pea WhiteSlateRedModerately early maturingYesCalm: Mostly calm, non-aggressive
The original blueBlue (Black and Splash [White] used for breeding, but not recognized)RareLayer Blue featheredWhite chalk to creamy160
LargeNon-setterHeat Tolerant combs subject to frostbiteYes5.51.75Spain & England in mid-19th century.Single WhiteBlueWhiteEarly maturingSemiFlighty: Active, noisy, avoids human contact
Famous for large dark brown eggsDouble-laced, Blue-laced, White, Black, othersRareDual Purpose Brown very dark reddish with matte finish160
LargeMixed reportsLess Hardy less cold hardy; developed in region known for damp conditionsYes6.52.25Late 19th century and early 20th century in Holland.Single YellowYellowRedSlow to matureYesCalm: Docile
Buckeye brown bird from the Buckeye stateNut brown, onlyUncommonDual Purpose Brown 135
LargeCan beCold Hardy very cold hardyYes6.50Developed by Mrs. Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio, in late 19th centuryPea YellowYellowRedModerately slow maturingYesCalm: Docile; can be curious; more easily handled.
Canada's breedWhite, Buff, PartridgeRareDual Purpose Brown 150
LargeFrequentCold Hardy extremely cold hardy-6.50Brother Wilfred Chatalain of the Oka Agricultural Institute in Quebec over the course of a decade beginning in 1908.Cushion YellowYellowRedEarly maturingYesCalm: Docile, although there are reports of skittishness.
Big ball of fluff and feathersBuff, White, Black, & PartridgeUncommonFancy Feather Footed, fullyTinted or yellowy brown140
LargeExcellentRobust cold hardyYes8.51.3Introduced from China in early 19th centurySingle smallYellowYellowRedSlow to matureYesCalm: Docile; more easily handled
American Holland
The calm white-egger.White & BarredRareDual Purpose White 180
LargeCan beCold Hardy Yes6.50Established in 1949Single YellowYellowRedModerately slow maturingYesCalm: Good tempered
Norwegian Jaerhon, Norske J?rhone
Pride of NorwayDark Brown, Light YellowRareLayer White 200
LargeNon-setterCold Hardy Yes3.501920 in Norway. First imported to North America in 1998.Single smallWhiteSlateWhiteEarly maturingYesFlighty: Active
A good, old breed, like a fine cup of coffee.Black, MottledRareDual Purpose Brown 150
LargeGoodCold Hardy Yes7.50U.S. after being introduced from Java in 1835 or earlier.Single YellowDarkRedVery slow maturingYesCalm:
The long-legged, high-tailed, and feather-footed regal bird.Black, White, & BlueUncommonDual Purpose Feather Footed, outside onlyBrown 200
LargeCan beCold Hardy very hardyYes7.50Introduced from China in mid-19th century.Single GrayishDarkRedSlow to matureYesFlighty: Active for their size; graceful; not as calm or docile as other large breeds.
The ultimate egg machine.White, Dark Brown, Light Brown, Buff, Black, Silver, Red, Black-Tailed Red, ColumbianCommonLayer White pearl (non-white feathered varieties are less prolific.)300
LargeNon-setterHeat Tolerant heat tolerant (esc. white variety); combs subject to frostbiteYes4.51.75Ancient, but greatly developed in 19th & 20th centuriesSingle and rose largeYellowYellowWhiteVery early maturingYesFlighty: Economical eater; better adaptable to confinement then some Mediterranean; enjoys free range; flyer; flighty; spritely, noisy, nervous, usually avoids human contact.
Known for one thing -- chocolate colored eggs.Black Copper [APA], Cuckoo, and othersUncommonLayer Feather FootedBrown dark chocolate russett brown ideally, varies widely & seasonally140
LargeGreatHardy Developed in marsh lands, so apparently tolerant of wet conditions. Some rapid and carely breeding have made some strains less hardy than others.-6.52.2France in early 20th century.Single whiteWhiteWhiteRed-Varies: Varies widely by individual and strain.
Naked Neck
Transylvanian Naked Neck, Turken
No, it's not a turkey / chicken crossBlack, White, Red, and Red are recognized by the APA, but other varieties include Blue and Cuckoo or Barred.UncommonFancy Bare neckBrown creamy light150
LargeCan beRobust hardy in both cold and extreme heatYes61.5Before 1700 in the Transylvanian region of Central EuropeSingle YellowYellowRedSlow to matureYesCalm: Active; docile; more easily handled
Big gentle bird.Buff, Black, Blue, WhiteCommonDual Purpose Brown 185
LargeGoodCold Hardy very cold hardyYes82.2By William Cook in Orpington (County Kent) the 1880s.Single WhiteWhite or darkRedModerately early maturingYesCalm: Docile; more easily handled; can be bullied
Plymouth Rock.
Barred, White, etc.
Once upon a time America's favorite breedBarred, White, Buff, Silver Penciled, Partridge, Columbian, BlueCommonDual Purpose Brown light (or pinkish) to medium200
LargeInfrequentRobust very cold hardyYes7.52.2New England in 19th century..Single smallYellowYellowRedSomewhat early maturingYesCalm: Docile; more easily handled.
Rhode Island Red
Best of breeds for producing brown eggs.RedCommonDual Purpose Brown rich medium260
LargeInfrequentRobust hardy in heat & cold; combs subject to frostbiteYes6.52New England in 19th century.Single and rose largeYellowYellowRedModerately early maturingYesCalm: Active, fairly docile, can be aggressive (cocks are especially notorious)
Rhode Island White
WhiteRareDual Purpose Brown 240
LargeNon-setterHardy Yes6.50United statesRose YellowYellow-Varies: Good forager and loves to range, but not far from the coop; roosters can be housed together in winter, but will need more room at the start of breeding season
Black, White face, White Ear, or Clownface
Handsome, graceful, rareWhite-Faced Black onlyUncommonLayer White faceWhite 160
LargeNon-setterHeat Tolerant reportedly subject to health problems; heat tolerant; combs subject to frostbiteYes60Oldest of the Mediterranean breeds, developed in Spain.Single largeGreyDarkWhiteSlow to matureYesFlighty: Haughty, noisy, avoids human contact
An old English favoriteSpeckled, Red, LightUncommonDual Purpose Brown creamy to light200
LargeGoodRobust very cold hardyYes72.2Developed in county of Sussex in early 19th century.Single WhiteWhiteRedModerately early maturingYesCalm: Gentle; active; can be curious; more easily handled
Backyard bird with big brown eggsRed PartridgeUncommonDual Purpose Brown rich dark terracotta180
LargeMixed reportsCold Hardy hardyYes62Developed in Holland in 20th century.Single smallYellowYellowRedModerately early maturingYesCalm: Lively, but more docile than flighty.
The bird of curvesSilver Laced, Golden Laced, White, Buff, Partridge, Silvered Penciled, ColumbianCommonDual Purpose Brown light to rich190
LargeInfrequentRobust very cold hardyYes6.52.2Developed in New York State & Wisconsin in late 19th century.Rose YellowYellowRedModerately early maturingYesCalm:
Almost a Leghorn, with black mottlingBlack mottled, onlyUncommonLayer White to light cream150
MediumNon-setterHardy noted for hardiness; very cold hardy except for combsYes4.51.5Italy in mid-19th centurySingle and rose YellowYellowWhiteEarly maturingNoFlighty: Nervous & restless in confinement; flyer; active, flighty, marked wildness, avoids human contact
The most popular breed of South AmericaBuffRareDual Purpose White to light tint 150
MediumNon-setterHeat Tolerant very hardy in heat-60Spain in late 19th centurySingle YellowYellowWhiteEarly maturingNoFlighty: Active, vigorous, avoids human contact
The spritely, little everyday layerSilver-Spangled, Golden-Spangled, Golden-Penciled, Silver-Penciled, White, BlackUncommonLayer White low-gloss215
MediumNon-setterHardy Yes41.5Holland (not Germany) before 1700, possibly before 1400Rose WhiteSlate blueWhiteVery early maturingNoFlighty: High flyer; very flighty; spritely, active; mostly avoids human contact
The crested French bird with big eyesWhite, MottledUncommonDual Purpose Crested Bearded Five-ToedWhite 90
MediumCan beLess Hardy not suited for foul weather; may have problems with freezing crest feathers-6.51.75Normandy before 1700Leaf (or V)WhiteDarkerWhiteEarly maturingYesCalm: Active; docile; more easily handled
Shadow on a sheet.Black/white/black pattern.UncommonLayer White to light tint 175
MediumNon-setterHardy Yes40Germany in early 19th century.Single WhiteDarkWhiteEarly maturingYesFlighty: Flyer; avoids human contact.
A cruel-looking, elongated giant.Black Breasted Red, White, Spangled, Black, and Red PyleVery RareGame Brown productive over short season60
MediumCan beHeat Tolerant hardy, but not feathered for cold winters; very hardy in heat-70An ancient breed related to birds indigenous to southern Asia from the Indian sub-continent to Indonesia..Strawberry YellowYellowRich redVery slow to matureNoAggressive: Needs to be active; intolerant of close confinement; among the most aggressive, but more placid than most game birds; because of aggressiveness, not recommended for a mixed flock
Ancient Indian athleteBlack, White, Duckwing, Red Spangled, Pyle, othersRareGame Tinted lightly - productive over short season40
SmallCan beHeat Tolerant hardy, but not feathered for cold winters; very hardy in high heat-52India more than 2000 years ago.Pea smallYellowYellowRedSlow to matureYesAggressive: Bears confinement better than most other game breeds; extremely fierce & pugnacious, but docile & easily handled when away from other cocks; because of aggressiveness, not recommended for a mixed flock
Sicilian Buttercup
Known for its comb.GoldenUncommonLayer Large buttercup combWhite 160
SmallNon-setterHeat Tolerant combs subject to frostbite-50SicilyButtercup YellowYellowWhiteEarly maturingNoFlighty: Does not do well in close confinement; very fidgety; active, flighty, wild even for a Mediterranean breed; avoids human contact
Cuba's fighting meat bird.Black-Breasted Red, White, BlackRareGame White 150
SmallGreatHeat Tolerant not feathered for cold winters; very hardy in heat-4.50Cuba in 19th century from Philippine or Indonesian stock.Pea WhiteWhiteWhiteSlow to matureNoAggressive: Noisy; because of aggressiveness, not recommended for a mixed flock
The littlest bantam11 recognized, including Light Brown, White, Black, Blue, Blue Light Brown, SilverUncommonBantam Tinted light80
SmallGoodHardy -01Netherlands, perhaps from Dutch East Indies stock.Single WhiteWhite or blueWhiteSlow to matureYesFlighty: Fliers; active, lively, cocks have been compared to snapping turtles
Egyptian Fayoumi
Precocious scavenger and escape artistGold & silver penciledUncommonLayer White to light tint off-white180
SmallNon-setterHeat Tolerant very hardy; excellent hot weather bird-3.50Ancient Egyptian originsSingle WhiteDarkWhiteQuick feathering & very early maturingNoFlighty: Lively; known for wildness
The short-legged, low-built, squirrel-tailed bantamBlack, White, Black Tailed, Birchen, Mottled, othersCommonBantam Short legsWhite creamy20
SmallExcellentLess Hardy because of short legs & fancy feathering, not suited for foul weather-01.3Japan as early as the 7th centurySingle largeWhiteWhiteBright redSlow to matureYesCalm: Some are fliers; generally docile, cocks can be aggressive
Modern Game
Modern English Game
The little game bird with style and carriageBlack-Breasted Red, Silver Duckwing, Red Pyle, White, Black, many othersRareGame White to light tint productive over short season100
SmallCan beHeat Tolerant not feathered for coldest winters; hardy in heat; some subject to health problemsYes4.51.2England in 19th centurySingle large (often dubbed)YellowYellowRedSlow to matureNoAggressive: Noisy
Old English Game
Small fighting cocks and their mates.Black-Breasted Red, Silver Duckwing, Red Pyle, White, Black, many othersRareGame White to light tint productive over short season120
SmallExcellentHardy but not feathered for coldest winters-41.3England in 19th & 20th century from ancient stockSingle large (often dubbed)WhiteWhiteRedSlow to matureNoAggressive: Needs to be active;self-sufficient; noisy
Russian Orloff
Wild-looking thingRed, WhiteRareFancy Bearded & muffedBrown light80
SmallNon-setterHardy -60Russia in 18th century from Persian stock.Walnut YellowYellowRedSlow to matureYesCalm: Not docile, avoids human contact
Honorable long-tail.Partridge; Silver Duckwing; White; other colorsUncommonFancy Long-tailedWhite to light tint 60
SmallCan beLess Hardy reportedly short lived; because of fancy feathering, not suited for foul weather-41.75Europe and the U.S. from the Japanese long-tailed breed called the Onagadori.Single YellowYellow or slateRedSlow to mature-Calm: Requires special housing or cages & high perches to accommodate long tails; generally docile
An oddity of oddities of the poultry and pet worldBearded & Beardless; Black, White, Blue, Buff, Partridge, GrayCommonBantam Tinted 80
SmallBestHardy hardy in heat & cold; because of fancy feathering, not suited for foul weather-02.2Already developed in China by the time of Marco PoloWalnut BlackBlackTurquoiseSlow to matureYesCalm: Docile; because of size and docility, may not do well in a mixed flock
All for showWhite, onlyUncommonFancy Crested Bearded & muffed Feather-footed, fully Five toedWhite 175
SmallNon-setterLess Hardy not suited for foul weather; may have problems with freezing crest feathers-40Introduced from Turkey in mid-19th century.Horn V-shaped, duplexWhiteWhiteWhite [hidden under Moderately slow developingYesCalm: Non-aggressive; more easily handled
Lustrous black long tailBlack (and Blue as of 2010 for standard, earlier for bantams)UncommonGame White to light tint more productive than most game hens120
SmallCan beHeat Tolerant not feathered for cold winters; hardy in heat-40An ancient breed.Pea small, tiny or no wattlesYellowPurply blackDark purply redNoFlighty: Needs to be active; intolerant of close confinement; strong fliers if given the opportunity; can be quite wild, but can be tamed.
Elegant long-tail.Red shouldered & white; White; other colorsVery RareFancy Long-tailedTinted 80
SmallCan beLess Hardy because of fancy feathering, not suited for foul weatherNo40Developed in Germany in the 19th centuryWalnut or pea YellowYellowWhiteSlow to matureYesCalm: Requires special housing or cages & high perches to accommodate long tails; generally docile; cocks can be pugnacious around other cocks; because of special needs, not recommended for a mixed flock
Belgian d'Anver
Antwerp Belgian, Barbu d'Anvers
The bearded bantamQuail, Porcelain, Black, Blue, Buff, Cuckoo, Mille Fleur, White, Mottled, and moreCommonBantam BeardedWhite creamy80
TinyFrequentRobust -01.3Belgium many decades agoRose WhiteDarkWhiteSlow to mature-Flighty: Active, flyer; hens calm, cocks can be aggressive
Belgian d'Uccle
Barbu d'Uccle
The bearded, booted bantamMille Fleur, Porcelain, Black, Buff, White, Blue Mottled, Splash, Golden Neck, othersCommonBantam Bearded, Feather FootedWhite creamy80
TinyGreatHardy because of fancy feathering, not suited for foul weather-01.3First bred in Uccle (Belgium) before 1900 by Michel Van Gelder.Single small with large spikesWhiteWhiteWhiteVery slow to matureSemiCalm: Fliers; cocks less aggressive than other banties
The booted, unbearded bantamBlack, Blue, Buff, Mille Fleur, Porcelain, White, Mottled, othersVery RareBantam Feather FootedWhite creamy40
TinyGreatHardy -01.4One of the more ancient bantams; developed in the Netherlands.Single WhiteWhiteRed, brightSlow to matureSemiCalm: Fliers; hens calm, cocks can be aggressive
RareLayer White creamy95
TinyExcellentHeat Tolerant Best in hot to moderate climate; rose comb variety better for cold-01.4EnglandSingle YellowDark-Flighty: Eggs tend to be round in shape so they can be a challenge to hatch; eggs typically hatch better under a broody hen than in an incubator; hens
The original rosecombed, clean-legged bantamBlack, White, Silver Laced, others.CommonBantam White to cream80
TinyNon-setterHardy hardy in heat & cold-01.3Origins unclear & disputed.Rose YellowYellowWhiteSlow to matureYesVaries: Fliers; generally docile, cocks can be aggressive
The beautifully laced bantamSilver, GoldenCommonBantam Both male & female hen-featheredWhite creamy80
TinyNon-setterLess Hardy not robust; chicks difficult to rear-01.3Before 1810 in England by Sir John SebrightRose YellowYellowPurplish redSlow to matureYesFlighty: Fliers; jaunty, sprightly

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