Characteristics: Females are egg-laying machines that continue to lay well in the heat and cold, when many others slow down. A smaller bird, feed costs are lower than the heavier breeds. The males are said to be good “fryers”. The females are sweet, small and docile, in addition to being super layers!
- Standard Weights: Cock-5 pounds; hen-4 pounds; cockerel-3-1/2 pounds; pullet-3 pounds.
- Egg Shell Color: Tinted
- Use: Heavy egg Producer/males are good for fryers
- Origin: USA
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.