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Chicken Breed Chart to Help Choose Your Chicken

Chicken Breed Chart to Help Choose Your Chicken
Chicken Breed Picture Egg Color and Size Cold Hardy Behavior

Brooding/Best Coop Recommendation

 

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

occasional brooder

Best coop:

Chicken Cottage

good
Ancona 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 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
Asil 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
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 brown yes adaptable to confinement or free range; mostly gentle; more easily handled.

broody

Best Coop:

Green Garden Large Coop

good
Buckeye 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 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 white no less tolerant of close confinement; active, vigorous, avoids human contact

non setter

Best Coop:

Green Garden Large coop

good
Chantecler 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 brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm, docile

broody

Best Coop:

Chicken Cottage

excellent
Dominique
or Dominiker
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 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 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 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 brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm

broody

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

good
Jersey Giant 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 white yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; active, flighty, avoids human contact

non setter

Best Coop:

Chicken Tractor for 14

excellent
Langshan 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 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 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 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 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 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 brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm, docile; more easily handled

broody

Best Coop:

Green Garden Large coop

excellent
Rhode Island 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 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 brown yes well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm.

occasional brooder

Best Coop:

Green Garden Large coop

excellet

 

Pictures provided are from wikipedia.

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