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Ameraucana

The Ameraucana is a breed of chicken developed in the United States. The name is combination of American and Araucana (a related breed). Ameraucanas come in both a large and bantam variety. Eight colors are officially recognized by the American Poultry Association: Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten and White.

Ameraucanas are similar to Araucana chickens because both have pea combs and lay blue shelled eggs, but they have many differences and are completely different breeds. Some other Ameraucana traits include full tails, muffs and slate or black legs depending on the variety.

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Barred Rock

The Barred Rock is one of the all time popular favorites of the brown egg layers. Developed in New England in the early 1800's by crossing Dominique’s and Black Java’s, it has spread to every part of the U.S. and is an ideal American chicken. Prolific layers of brown eggs, the hens are not discouraged by cold weather. Their bodies are long, broad, and deep with bred-in strength and vitality. These chickens are often called Plymouth Rocks, but this title correctly belongs to the entire breed, not just the Barred variety.

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Buff Orphington

Called “pure gold” they are symbolic of great value and high quality. They have become one of the most popular breeds in the United States. They are large and quite and are excellent winter layers due to their dense plumage. They lay brown eggs right through cold weather. They also make excellent setters and mothers. These "Golden Beauties" have been one of our most popular varieties for years.

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Golden Comet

The Golden Comets are one of three Modern Day Brown egg laying strains from hybrid breeding that produce fast body development and fast egg production. These strains will start to lay eggs at a younger age than most standard breeds and produce big brown eggs. They are also color sexable as chicks, cockerels are white, and the pullets are more brownish red in color.

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Japanese Bantam

The Japanese Bantam, also known in many parts of the world as Chabo, is a breed of chicken originating in Japan. They are a bantam breed, with large upright tails that often reach over the chicken's head. The wings angle down and to the back along the sides. They have graced the gardens of the Japanese aristocracy for well over 350 years. They enjoy a high degree of popularity in Malaysia, and are very common in Indonesia.

They have friendly personalities, and will ride on shoulders and allow themselves to be petted and held. Japanese Bantams are also good foragers, and will feed themselves if they have a large enough area to do so.

There are different kinds of Japanese Bantams which include Black-Tailed-White, White, Buff, Black-Tailed-Buff, Gray, Blue, Barred, Black Breasted Red, Black, and many more. These chickens have been known to live for up to 13 years with proper care. As with most other chickens, even though the birds are very docile and friendly, do not put too many males together or they will fight.

One unusual characteristic of Japanese bantams is extremely short legs. It is not uncommon to lose 25% of the hatch in this breed due to the genetics used to produce the short legs. Additionally, 25% of the hatch will have extremely long legs.

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Old English Game

The Old English Game Fowl is a breed of chicken. Pure English Game Fowls are prized among Poultry breeders. One of the types, standard Old English, are larger than the bantams. Old Englishes should not be confused with American games nor should American games be confused with Old Englishes.

The Old English Game Bantam is the bantam version of this breed, it is one of the smallest chicken breeds, weighing about 22 oz when they are fully grown. The Old English Game Bantam is one of the most popular bantam breeds. The Old English Bantam is similar to the Old English Game in that it has long legs and it is fairly muscular. The bantam was not developed from the larger sized old English but rather from other barnyard bantams.

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Rhode Island Red

Developed in the New England states, it was from the Malay that the Rhode Island Red got its deep color, strong constitution and relatively hard feathers.

A dual purpose bird used for egg production and meat production because of its dark colored pin feathers and its good rate of lay.


Rhode Island Reds are a good choice for the small flock owner. Relatively hardy, they are probably the best egg layers of the dual purpose breeds. Reds handle marginal diets and poor housing conditions better than other breeds and still continue to produce eggs. Typically dark red in color, the red color fades after long exposure to the sun.

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