Learn the name of the different parts of a chicken and notice the beauty of different breeds.


White Leghorn, Domestic Chicken, Cockerel with Hen standing on Grass

White Leghorn, Domestic Chicken, Cockerel with Hen standing on Grass

These are White Leghorns like two of our white chicks.The Italian breed was introduced into America in 1828. They will lay extra large white eggs and each hen lays approximately 280 to 320 eggs a year. We are hoping all ours are hens as the store promised! (Update: Hurrah, no roosters in this flock!)
Type: Heritage (1874)
Egg Color: White
Egg Size: Extra Large, 5 to 7 a week
Egg Production: Excellent 280-320 eggs per year
Meat Production: Poor
Heat Tolerance: Very Good
Cold Tolerance: Very Good
Disposition: Not aggressive but nervous and hyper
Weeks to Maturity: 18
Feather Color: White
Bird Size: 4.5 – 7 lbs
Temperament: Very active and likes to forage.
Outstanding feature: Large comb that can be single or rose comb which is sensitive to frostbite
Broodiness: No
Wyandottes are an American breed chicken started in the 1870’s.
We drove about 30 minutes to a feed store to buy two of these pretty Columbian Wyandotte chicks but alas it looks like we were given White Wyandotte chicks instead.
Egg Color: Brown
Cold Tolerance: Very Good
Broodiness: Yes
Temperament: Even tempered
Eggs: Large brown Eggs: 4 egg per week
Outstanding feature: Laced feather pattern
Size: 7-8 pounds
Our five ISA Brown chicks were bought at Tractor Supply. They will each lay approximately 300 large brown eggs per year.
Origin: French, Hybrid 1978
Size: 4.5-5.8 kg
Hardy in Winter: Yes
Especially Docile: Yes
Personality: Personable
Family Friendly Rating: 4.5/5
Begin Laying: 16 to 22 weeks
The Easter Egger breed was developed in America in the 1970’s.
We have three Easter Egger chicks like the last two pictured above. They will each lay 5 to 6 large to extra large eggs weekly that might be blue, green, olive, aqua or pinkish. They will give us the surprise egg in the basket 🙂
Personality: “Friendly, healthy, hearty”
“inquisitive, friendly, tame easily”
Class: Not recognized
Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
Size: Medium (6-7 lbs)
Egg Laying: Very Good
Egg Color: Green/Blue/Pink/Multi
Egg Size: X-Large
Comb Type: Pea Comb
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4
Hardy In Winter: Yes
Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: Yes
Setter/Broody: No
Personality: Fun
Outstanding feature: full beard under the beak, inherent genetic beak issue-scissor beak


These hens are a White Silkie and a Black Cochin.


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