Types of Chickens
There are a lot of reasons why people raise chickens. One reason, is some people like to have eggs from chickens so they can cook and use them at home.Secondly, some people want the meat from the chickens. Also, poeple like to use them for exhibition, which means taking them to shows, and others like having rare breeds of chickens to show off. Along with showing chickens, some people enjoy raising them to watch the different behaviors and personalities a chicken can have, and also having a rooster that crows everyday in the morning. Most importantly, there are certain chickens for certain jobs. It’s just like humans, we all have certain skills for certain jobs.
Egg Production: One type of chicken is a White Leghorn. Their eggs have layers of white eggs, and are most commonly found in grocery stores. Another two types of chickens are Comets and Red Sex Links, and these makes brown eggs. Basically, the chickens with white ear lobes lay white eggs, and the chickens with red ear lobes lay brown eggs.
Meat and Laying chickens that can be used for both: The chickens that would be good for this would be the Plymouth, Rocks, Sussex, and Wyandottes. These breeds are good for laying chickens and they are large enough for meat production.
Just for the Meat: The good chickens for the meat would be the Cornish Cross ( White Cornish x White Plymouth Rock). These chickens can reach to 4-5 lbs in 6 weeks once they hatch, and can reach 6-10 lbs in 8- 12 weeks from the time they are hatched.
Exhibition: Exhibition means having poultry shows, and these are popular in Indiana and the Midwest. Some chickens are judged by their descriptions of ideal breed type, color, weight and some other particular characteristics of their breeds. Of course, there are a variety of chickens out in the would, so the shows are very interesting and bring a lot of different chickens to show. If you want to know what the judges are looking for in a chicken, go to this hyperlink.
In conclusion even though there are many different types of chickens but there are specific reasons to have chickens. Some may select breed on their color, breeds, eggs, or meat. No matter who you are there are always a chicken for you.
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