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Post Different Chicken Breeds
G'day All chook owners,
I was hoping to start a thread on different breeds of chickens . Perhaps a good close up photo of a particular breed , named type, whether or not breed for table or eggs. Thought it could be a good resource.

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Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:15 am
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Post Re: different chook breeds
I'll start off & I will post each breed in a new post to split them up.
Australorps are an Australian breed which are a large soft feathered bird which is docile and good with children, they won a laying award in the 1920's when a team of 6 hens averaged 309 eggs for a year. The modern Australorps are now either a smaller laying strain or a larger show bird which lays less.
The photo's of my ones are the laying strain
Below are Australorp pullets around 22 weeks old
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Post Re: different chook breeds
Plymouth Rocks are an American breed which are a hardy dual purpose breed - good for both meat and eggs they lay around 200 eggs per year.
I find my one more aloof an harder to handle than some of the other large breeds.
Below is a Barred Plymouth Rock pullet @ around 24 weeks old
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Sussex are a large dual purpose which are docile and easy to handle, a good light sussex hen should lay around 260 eggs per year and the males mature quickly and are good eating.
Below is a Light Sussex rooster
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Below is a Light Sussex Hen
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Leghorn - The leghorn originated in Tuscany in Italy, White Leghorns are amongst the most popular commercial layers around the world producing close to 300 eggs per year, They tend to be flighty & rarely go broody.
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Orpington - The Orpington is named after the town by the same name in England, they were bred to be an excellent dual purpose bird with good meat quality and producing a good number of eggs, however due to their popularity as show birds they now only produce around 200 eggs per year. They are large docile & fluffy making them great birds to have with kids. They go broody often and make fantastic mothers & due to being such a large bird are unable to fly.
Below is a photo of a Blue Orpington Pullet & a Blue x Buff Pullet
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Post Re: Different Chicken Breeds
Light Barred Plymouth Rock Cockerel. Bred for meat and eggs.
Barnevelder- meat and eggs.


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Post Re: Different Chicken Breeds
I loved my dark barred Plymouth Rocks, but had to sell my lovely big rooster when he took up chasing my kids :( He matured at 2ft2in tall and could look my then 3yo in the eye. Very big bird!

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Plymouth Rocks with Dorper cross lamb.

I found the Rocks to be hard to breed and not especially good layers, although their eggs had the most incredible flavour. One hen never went broody, the other sat once. They are slow to mature and eat a LOT but make good table birds. We had a huge rooster for Christmas dinner, he dressed out at nearly 3kg.

I also breed Silkies. Not the best layers, but incredible mothers, even the roosters will help raise chicks. You can also keep a few Silkie roosters and they rarely fight, as long as one is the clear top bird he will keep everyone in line. They are pretty and easy to handle, and will raise anything you put under them. My first lot of Plymouth Rocks were raised by a Silkie hen.

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Silkie hen with Plymouth Rock chicks.

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Silkie hen with Silkie chicks


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Post Re: Different Chicken Breeds
that barnvelder hen looks a lot like my black gold lace wyandotte


Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:11 am
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Post Re: Different Chicken Breeds
Silkies are kinda cute. I have been thinking maybe we should get one or two so that we can reduce the work with mothering chicks. Will have to see what the hubby thinks - I know he loves that incubator!


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