These productive chicken breeds are breeds very important for the production of meat and/or eggs. They are adaptable to varying climatic conditions which makes them suited for commercially and domestic/backyard production.
We recommend them because of their hardiness and high meat and egg production, to farmers who are new to chicken production.
It is therefore very relevant to carefully consider chicken breeds and the prevailing condition in addition to your preference in terms of products, eggs and meat. Raising chickens is fun when these initial considerations help you to select the best of breeds for your circumstance.
Now, we look at some popular and productive chicken breeds.
Sussex chickens are dual-purpose birds and lay about 250 eggs annually in varying shades of light brown. They come in 8 different colours, the most common being the pure white body with a black neck and tail feathers. They are very calm and love the free range, in the garden without destroying it.
2. Rhode Island Reds
Rhode Island Reds originated from America and one of the productive chicken breeds. They are dual-purpose chickens, meaning they can be raised for their eggs or meat. They are one of the most popular backyard and commercial chicken breeds because they are tough and lay lots of eggs. This breed can lay about 250 brown medium sized eggs a year. They have brown and black feathers giving them a dark appearance. Rhode Island Reds tend to bully each other and even other breeds. They are very tough and friendly. With little experience in raising chickens, this breed is recommended.
3. Plymouth/Barred Rock
They are predominantly grey with white stripes around their bodies. Barred, black frizzle, blue, partridge, buff, Columbian, silver pencilled, black, and white colors are available. They are better suited for the free-range system and are very friendly and hardy. The hen lays about 280 light brown eggs a year. The Plymouth/Barred Rock is an ideal when you are keeping chickens for the first time and prefer a hen that lays eggs once every two days.
The Australorp is also, one of the productive chicken breeds and they originate from Australia. They are raised for both eggs and meat because they are very good layers and hardy. Australorp lay about 250 brown eggs in a year. They forage very well and come in black, white or blue colours.
The Wyandotte is a dual-purpose breed and lays about 200 brown eggs annually. They have a sweet or docile temperament. They have some beautiful laced colour varieties, gold, blue and silver. The Wyandottes also come in many other colours.
6. Jersey Giant
The Jersey Giant chickens are dual-purpose chicken and the hen lays about 260 brown eggs a year. Jersey Giant chickens are very large. These blue, black, and white giants are the largest of the pure breeds. They are calm, docile, and excellent for beginner flocks.
Leghorn chickens are productive layers. The hen lays about 280 white eggs a year. They are not calm or docile, rather they are flighty. They may startle easily. However, they are very productive layers. They thrive particularly well in warmer climates.
This breed is also dual-purpose. They are good layers and hardy. The Orpington are fluffy and come in multiple of colours, blue, buff, black, white and lavender). They are also very beautiful and friendly.
The Barnevelder is a cross between the Dutch Landrace and Asian jungle fowl and a native to Holland. A Barnevelder hen lays around 200 eggs per year. These eggs are small to medium-sized and a light speckled brown colour. This breed is mostly a black with brown tipped feathers. This breed is better suited for the backyard. It isn’t a great flyer so you would not need to clip their feathers.
They appear similar to Plymouth Rocks and are mostly dark grey with white flutters. Marans are also dual purpose and lay about 200 eggs a year. They are renowned for their vibrant dark brown and tasty eggs. They are usually medium in size. Marans are a very gentle and do not require much space to roam. However, they are not tame and so are not good pets.
It is worth stressing that, the choice of the best-suited breed is very relevant to ensure that your job or hobby of raising chickens is an exciting one. Truly it is if you have the best-suited breed.
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