BEST CHICKEN BREEDS
Just as some people like dark meat and others like light meat, and some like fried chicken while others prefer chicken soup, consideration of the breed of chicken also needs to be made. There are chickens that have been specifically bred for certain conditions.
Ameraucana. Harsh winters won’t slow this snow bird down. While it can be broody, it matures fairly quickly and also produces a lot of eggs.
Brown Leghorn. This breed is good for hot climates and is an active forager. It is also a great egg-layer.
Buckeye. This breed can endure cold winters and still produce an adequate supply of eggs year round. The downside is that it is slow to mature ... so don’t plan that chicken dinner for a while.
Chanticler. This is another hardy bird that can deal with the cold. It is docile, produces a lot of eggs and is a good mother bird—with early maturing of offspring.
Dominique. While this chicken breed won’t like the coldest of winters, it won’t mind a white Christmas (and it is earlymaturing, so it would be ready for Christmas dinner).
Egyptian Fayoumi. It might not be ideal for today’s
Egyptian deserts, but it does like hot climates and is a good egg-layer. More importantly, it is disease resistant and matures early, so it can go from field to frying pan in a season or two.
Marans. This variety of chicken won’t worry about water falling from the sky. It is adaptable to a variety of conditions and lays a good number of eggs during the year.