BEST CHICKEN BREEDS

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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.

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