Common Chicken Breeds Chart

Common Chicken Breeds

When raising backyard chickens, choosing the right breed is crucial. There are countless breeds, each with unique characteristics and quirks. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common chicken breeds you might encounter. From their egg-laying prowess to their hardiness in different climates, this table provides a general idea about what each breed has to offer.

BreedEggs/YearEgg ColorEgg SizeCold HardyHeat HardyBroodinessBreed ColorsDescription
Ameraucana200-300BlueLargeYesYesNoBlack, Blue, Lavender, and moreUnique blue eggs and full beards and muffs
Australorp300BrownLargeYesYesNoBlackOriginated in Australia. Excellent layers of brown eggs
Brahma150-200BrownLargeYesNoYesLight, Dark, PartridgeLarge and friendly, known as the “gentle giants”
Cochin150-200BrownLargeNoNoYesBlack, Blue, Partridge, White, and moreFriendly personality, fluffy feathers, and brooding behavior
Faverolles200-250BrownLargeNoNoYesSalmon, Red, Black, Blue, and moreFriendly and docile, known for soft feathery appearance
Jersey Giant200-300BrownExtra LargeYesNoNoBlack, Blue, and WhiteThe largest of all chicken breeds
Marans200-300BrownLargeYesNoNoBlack Copper, Cuckoo, and moreRich, dark brown eggs. Good layers
Olive Egger200-300OliveLargeYesYesNoBlue, Black, and moreA cross between blue and brown egg-laying breeds. Unique eggs.
Sussex300BrownLargeYesYesNoRed, White, Black, Speckled, and moreKnown for hardiness and active personality, great layers of brown eggs
Buckeye200-250BrownLargeYesNoNoRed, Black, and WhiteOriginating in Ohio, a hardy and friendly breed
Cream Legbar250-300BlueLargeYesModerateLowBlue and GoldFriendly and attractive, known for their distinctive blue eggs. Active birds and good foragers.
Delaware250-300BrownLargeYesModerateLowRed and WhiteFriendly and docile, great for the backyard. Good layers of large light brown eggs.
Dominique150-200BrownMediumYesModerateLowBlack and WhiteHardy and active, often referred to as “The American Dominique”. Good layers of brown eggs.
Easter Egger200-300VarietyMediumYesModerateLowVariety of ColorsA fun and unique breed, known for eggs in various shades of blue, green, and brown. Friendly and active.
Orpington150-200BrownLargeYesModerateModerateBlack, Blue, and BuffFriendly and docile, plush, soft feathers. Good layers of brown eggs. Make great pets.
Polish150-200WhiteMediumNoModerateLowWhite, Black, and GoldFun and quirky, distinctive top knot of feathers. Active birds, but not the best layers.
Sexlink300-350BrownLargeYesModerateLowBlack, Red, and WhiteFriendly and active, excellent egg-laying capabilities.
Silkie100-150CreamSmallYesModerateHighBlack, Blue, Buff, Gray, Partridge, Splash, and WhiteUnique and soft-feathered, docile, and friendly. Not the best layers. Make great pets and brooding abilities.
Swedish Flower200-250BrownMediumYesModerateLowBlack, Blue, and RedFriendly and active. Distinctive flowery feathers. Good layers of light brown eggs.
Welsummer200-300BrownLargeYesModerateLowRed and GoldFriendly and active. Rich and dark brown eggs. Excellent layers and foragers.
Wyandotte150-200BrownLargeYesModerateModerateBlack, Blue, Buff, Columbian, Partridge, Silver Laced, and WhiteFriendly and docile. Unique feather patterns. Good layers of brown eggs. Make great pets.

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