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Look at this breed (Right) the Dark Cornish breed is a SUPER bird and very strong and hardy. Used mainly as a meat breed but is also a decent and consistent egg layer too. Hens lay about four brown medium eggs a week and are so easy to care for. Very strong birds and weigh about nine or more pounds for a good sized hen. Colors are dark, white or red laced Cornish. They are very attractive birds too.
Another breed that is a GREAT variety to start with and is common is the Rhode Island Red.
Most people do not know that Rhode Island Reds are not only a "breed" but can be several sizes and or colors. Actually there are about 10 - 15 DIFFERENT kinds of Rhode Island Reds (some are white, orange, dark brown, yellowish and other colors but are the same breed just different varieties.
Most Rhode Island breeds lay a tan to a medium dark brown egg and the eggs are usually large to jumbo at the peak laying egg cycle.
The White Leghorn (below) is without a doubt the BEST egg layer of all for white eggs. (Leghorns also come in other colors, Dark Brown, Light Brown, Red and even a Black Leghorn too!) They lay JUMBO eggs that are all white. A very hardy breed and also natural immunity too. Simple, plain but you won't find a better egg layer. This is a commercial breed. Leghorns do well in Texas heat and weather changes. They weigh only about 5 pounds when mature. So you get JUMBO eggs for about half as much feed that you give to the larger breeds.
Some breeds of chickens are very delicate (ornamental chickens) this is why its best to start out your chicken "eggdiction" with hardy strong common breeds. Be aware that the Polish, Silky and Frizzle (and other) fragile chicken breeds are a lot more delicate and can be harder to raise. They do require special care and many of these breeds are "inbred" for certain feather or color traits. Remember there is a learning curve to raising these breeds. Especially if you are new to chickens.
Excerpt taken from: Chicken Genes of Common Interest- regarding "Frizzle gene" and missing feathers on ill bred chickens.
"Incompletely dominant. The action of the frizzle gene is localized in the feather follicle. It causes a structure abnormality in the feather and abnormalities of internal organs (enlarged heart, spleen, gizzard and alimentary canal) are common." A chicken with wings that cannot function at all.
While some breeds of these species are simply gorgeous it can take many generations of chickens to breed perfection into the feathers or colors. Along the way are many ill bred or unhealthy chickens are hatched by hatcheries that may be difficult to raise. Or, many times these fragile breeds are too weak to make it to adulthood. Its for this reason that Blue Star Ranch now sells these breeds "AS IS ONLY" due to the fragile nature of the birds. We now sell Bantam, Silky, and other delicate breeds and have many type choose!.
IMPORTANT ABOUT FANCY BREEDS PLEASE READ
There are HUNDREDS of breeds of chickens and we stock the most popular chickens each season.
We do not show our actual list of breeds on the website because our chicken inventory changes every week.
So its BEST if you
to see your breed is available before making the trip. We do deliver chickens too!
Chicks - Pullets - Hens Our Inventory Changes Each Week. New & "Eggciting" Breeds Arrive All The Time. You can shop or order by age of chickens. Select your favorite breeds when you arrive at the ranch or call us to inquire about breeds.
Most people that want chickens have a purpose. Meaning you may want to grow your own meat, or you may just want a few eggs. There are so many breeds around and most have different characteristics based on each breed. So its important to choose the best chicken for your purpose. Some breeds are popular over the years for a reason. Some people want "pet chickens" some wish for fresh eggs every day and others want meat on the table. Some chicken breeds are dual purpose and are good for both eggs and meat. So what is best for you?
This breed (above) is a very strong and hardy breed The "Gold Sex Link" known by many other names too. The GSL is commercial breed and does very well in Texas constant weather changes. This breed does well in heat, cold and wet environments. She is a SUPER LAYER and comes in basic gold/white, red/white and all colors in between. Of the "sex-linked breeds/colors and variations, Gold Sex Links (cross between a Rhode Island Red and Rhode Island White) AND the Red Sex Linked (Rhode Island Red rooster and a Delaware hen) seem to be the strongest of the sex link variety and these breeds lay great JUMBO brown eggs Almost "no maintenance" chickens and have super immunity naturally.
Please know in advance about the breeds that you wish to purchase
Chicken Breeds List
OR Choose Best Chicken Chart
Listed Below Are My Favorite Breeds Overall- These Three Commercial "Starter" Chicken Breeds Are The Easiest To Care For- The More "Fancy" Breeds May Have A Lack Of Immunity To Sudden Weather Changes Or Bacteria
Blue Star Ranch Keeps Different Breeds Each Season. Most Seasons We keep:
Rhode Island Reds, White Leghorns, Plymouth Barred Rock, Sex Links Gold, Black, Red, or Brown, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorp, and Easter Eggers "Americanas"
Plus, Other Breeds Vary Each Season