There is an enormous amount of chicken breeds out there. Therefore, choosing the one that best suits your needs can be overwhelming. This guide will help to cut out the stress of finding the right breed for you.

If you are looking to raise chickens for egg laying, there are a few things to take into consideration. Different breeds of chickens lay different sizes and egg colors. These colors can range from brown, to white, to green or even blue and dark red. Some people say the color of the eggs affects the taste; as in, the brown eggs taste richer than the white. This fact really boils down to different individuals taste preference. However, others say it all depends on if the chicken is factory or farm raised. This actually can make a difference in the taste, because what chickens have available to feed on can play a factor in the taste of the egg. Here are a few select breeds and the color eggs they lay:

Another factor to consider would be what type of climate conditions the chickens would be raised in and how adaptable they are to being free ranged or caged. Different breeds can only handle warm weather, some prefer cold and a few can be hardy in either condition. Also, it is best to know why type of confinement your chickens can flourish in the best. Listed below are a few of these breeds, the weather condtions they prefer and the best type of confinement suited for them:

Now, if you are looking to raise chickens for show, there are chickens that are specifically bred for this. Show chickens usually have colorful and/or long flowy feathers. When choosing a chicken for show, there are a few things to take into consideration. Judges of these shows are not just looking for fancy looking chickens. They also factor in things like, sexual maturity, body conformation, and for hens, even past and current egg production. Here are a few different types of breeds and some of their show qualities:

If you are looking to simply have a chicken for a pet, there are breeds out there that are more docile and adapt well to human contact. Some of these types are; Orpington, Phoenix, Plymouth Rock, Jersey Giant, Houdan, Dorking, Australorp, Barnevelder, Delaware, Buckeye and many more.

As you can see, there are quite a few points to consider when choosing chickens that best suit you. Once you narrow down your breed it all comes down to finding a breeder that is most convenient for you to access.

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