Backyard Chicken Breeds
Last night we added some new fuzzy friends to our little homestead: 4 Mallard Ducks, 2 Bantam Chickens, and 5 Silver Laced Wyanadottes! They seemed to have survived the frosty night last night and are doing pretty well.
I went in to Runnings to just pick up some more ducks since something ATE mine this winter but I ended up with this little mixed brood! I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about some of my favorite backyard chicken breeds, and why we like them.
Ameracana or Araucana
These are some of my favorite backyard chicken breeds. They are unique with their colors and these were the ones we always took to the fair. They aren’t the biggest birds in size but they lay the famous “Easter Eggs” or blue eggs. The good layers will lay every day while the normal layers will lay every other day.
Silver Laced Wyanandottes
These are my current favorites of the backyard chicken breeds. They are big birds and great brown egg layers. I love the gentleness of this breed and I think they are beautiful!
I’m not a huge fan of these. but my mom loves them. These are a good bird to have if you want a big bird that’s a reliable egg layer. The hens grow to about 6 or 7 pounds on average: they are big!
I think the Australorps are another gentle bird. They also are a reliable egg layer but are just slightly smaller than the Orpington (but still pretty big) these birds make great setters!
My hubby loves his Barred Rocks. They are reliable brown egg layers and seem to be pretty mild birds.
What are your favorite backyard chicken breeds and why?