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Chicken Breed Chart to Help Choose Your Chicken

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Bird Size

lb.
 

Egg Color and Size Cold Hardy Behavior

Brooding/Best Coop Recommendation

 

Egg Laying
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Ameraucana 4-5 blue yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; mostly calm, non-aggressive

occasional brooder

Best coop:

Chicken Cottage

good
Ancona 4-6 white yes prefers free range; nervous & restless in confinement; flyer; active, flighty, marked wildness, avoids human contact

non-setter

Best Ccoop:

Large Green Garden Coop

Excellent
Andalusian 5.5-7 white no semi-adaptable to confinement, but prefers free range; active, flighty, noisy, avoids human contact

mostly a non-setter

Best Coop:

Large Green Garden coop

good
Appenzeller   white no not very tolerant of close confinement; flyer; active, flighty

can be broody

early maturing

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

good
Araucana   blue yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm, non-aggressive

good, or frequent, brooder

Best Coop:

Deluxe Chicken Tractor

good
Aseel

5-

5 3/4

cream yes 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

occasioal brooder

Best Coop:

Happy Hens Coop

excellent
Australorp or
Black Australorp
6.5-8.5 brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm, docile; more easily handled

mixed brooding

Best Coop:

Chicken Rabbit Pent House

good
Barnevelder   dark brown   well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm, docile

mixed brooding

Best Coop:

Chicken Rabbit Pent House

excellent
Belgian D'Anver, or Antwerp Belgian, Barbu d'Anvers   white no active, flyer; hens calm, cocks can be aggressive

broody

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

fair
Brahma 9.5-12 brown yes adaptable to confinement or free range; mostly gentle; more easily handled.

broody

Best Coop:

Green Garden Large Coop

good
Buckeye 6.5-9 brown yes adaptable to confinement, very adaptable to free range; calm, docile; can be curious; more easily handled.

broody

Best Coop:

Green Garden Large Coop

good

Buff Sablepoot/

Botted Bantam

 

white or tinted in color

yes adaptable to confinement or free range; mostly gentle; more easily handled.

good, or frequent, brooder

Best Coop:

Deluxe Chicken Tractor

Excellent
Campine 4-6 white no economical eater; semi-adaptable to confinement, but prefers free range; flyer; alert, lively; can be curious; some are rather wild, others can be quite tolerant of humans

non setter

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

good
Catalana 6-8 white no less tolerant of close confinement; active, vigorous, avoids human contact

non setter

Best Coop:

Green Garden Large coop

good
Chantecler 6.5-8.5 brown yes bears confinement well; calm, docile, although there are reports of skittishness.

broody

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

excellent
Crevecoeur   white no suited for close (and dry) confinement; active; can be aggressive

non setter

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

good
Delaware 6.5-8.5 brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm, docile

broody

Best Coop:

Chicken Cottage

excellent
Dominique
or Dominiker
5-7 brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm mostly, but more flighty than other dual purpose breeds

broody

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

good
Dorking 7-9 white yes adaptable to confinement or free range; calm; docile; stately or awkward; fattens easily; more easily handled

very broody

Best Coop:

Chicken cottage

poor
Faverolles 6.5-8 cream yes bears confinement well; alert; calm; very docile; genteel; prone to bullying by others, so may not do well in a mixed flock

occasional brooding

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

good
Holland or American Holland 6.5-8.5 white yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm, good tempered

broody

Best Coop:

Chicken Rabbit Pent House

good
Jaerhon or Norwegian Jaerhon or Norske Jærhøne   white yes adaptable to confinement, but prefers free range; active, flighty

non setter

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

excellent
Java 7.5-9.5 brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm

broody

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

good
Jersey Giant 10-13 brown yes because of size, not an economical eater; adaptable to confinement or free range; calm, gentle, more easily handled.

occassional brooder

Best Coop:

Chicken cottage

 

excellent
La Fleche 6.5-8 white yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; active, flighty, avoids human contact

non setter

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

excellent
Langshan 7.5-9.5 brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; active for their size; graceful; not as calm or docile as other large breeds

occasional brooder

Best Coop:

Chicken cottage

good
Leghorn 4.5-6 white no economical eater; better adaptable to confinement then some Mediterranean; enjoys free range; flyer; flighty; spritely, noisy, nervous, usually avoids human contact.

non setter

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

excellent
Malay 7-9 brown no 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

broody

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

good
Marans   dark brown no varies widely by individual and strain.

brooder

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

excellent
Minorca 7.5-9 white no adaptable to confinement, but prefers free range; restlessly active, flighty, avoids human contact

non setter

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

excelent
Naked Neck or Transylvanian Naked Neck or Turken   light brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; active; calm, docile; more easily handled

broody

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

excellent
New Hampshire or New Hampshire Red 6.5-8.5 light brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm; can be docile or aggressive; can be curious

occassional brooder

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

excellent
Orpington 8-10 brown yes adaptable to free range; very adaptable to confinement; docile; more easily handled; can be bullied

frequent, brooder

Best Coop:

Chicken cottage

excellent
Plymouth Rock 7.5-9.5 brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm, docile; more easily handled

broody

Best Coop:

Green Garden Large coop

excellent
Rhode Island 6.5-8.5 brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; active, calm & fairly docile, can be aggressive (cocks are especially notorious)

non setter

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

excellent
Spanish, White-Faced Black Spanish, Spanish White Ear, or Clownface   white no adaptable to confinement, but prefers free range; flighty, haughty, noisy, avoids human contact

non setter

Best Coop:

Green Garden Large coop

excellent
Sumatra   white no needs to be active; intolerant of close confinement; pugnacious; because of aggressiveness, not recommended for a mixed flock

broody

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

good
Sussex 7-9 light brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm; gentle; active; can be curious; more easily handled

broody

Best Coop:

Chicken cottage

good
Welsumer or Welsummer   dark brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; lively, but more docile than flighty.

mixed broody

Best Coop:

Green Garden Large coop

excellent
Wyandotte 6.5-8.5 brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm.

occasional brooder

Best Coop:

Green Garden Large coop

excellet

 

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