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Alabama 4-H

4-H Poultry Project - Chick Chain - Breeds

4-H Poultry Project - Chick Chain
Rhode Island Red Rhode Island Red

Color: Chestnut red
Eggshell Color: Brown
Mature Body Weight (lb.): 6.0
Rate of Lay: Very good
Additional Information: Popular dual-purpose breed. Grows fast, feathers quickly, produces large eggs.

Dominique Dominique

Color: Black with white barring
Eggshell Color: Brown
Mature Body Weight (lb.): 6.0
Rate of Lay: Excellent
Additional Information: Medium growing breed known for range and foraging ability.

Black Australorp Black Australorp

Color: Black with greenish sheen
Eggshell Color: Brown
Mature Body Weight (lb.): 5.2
Rate of Lay: Excellent
Additional Information: One of the hardiest of all breeds. Excellent small-flock producer.

White Plymouth Rock White Plymouth Rock

Color: Pure white
Eggshell Color: Brown
Mature Body Weight (lb.): 7.5
Rate of Lay: Good
Additional Information: One of America's oldest breeds. Excellent dual-purpose breed.

*photo courtesy of Cackle Hatchery

Silver Laced Wyandotte
Silver Laced Wyandotte

Color: Silvery white with black stripes
Eggshell Color: Brown
Mature Body Weight (lb.): 6.5
Rate of Lay: Good
Additional Information: Fancy dual-purpose breed popularized largely for color and dual-purpose.

New Hampshire Red
New Hampshire Red

Color: Chestnut red
Eggshell Color: Brown
Mature Body Weight (lb.): 6.0
Rate of Lay: Very Good
Additional Information: A very popular dual-purpose breed that grows fast and feathers quickly.

Barred Plymouth Rock
Barred Plymouth Rock

Color: Black and white barring
Eggshell Color: Brown
Mature Body Weight (lb.): 6.0
Rate of Lay: Excellent
Additional Information: One of America's oldest breeds. Excellent dual-purpose breed.

Buff Orpington
Buff Orpington

Color: Rich golden buff
Eggshell Color: Brown
Mature Body Weight (lb.): 6.0
Rate of Lay: Good
Additional Information: Large, quiet-dispositioned, loosely feathered birds. A backyard flock favorite for many years.

Americauna or Easter Egger
Ameraucana or Easter Egger

Color: Multi-colored mix of white, brown, red, and black
Eggshell Color: Light green and blue
Mature Body Weight (lb.): 5.0
Rate of Lay: Excellent
Additional Information: Known as the "Easter egg bird." Eggs are green, blue, pink, and light brown.

Speckled Sussex
Speckled Sussex

Color: Dark brown with each feather tipped with a white spangle
Eggshell Color: Brown
Mature Body Weight (lb.): 6.0
Rate of Lay: Good
Additional Information: Medium-sized bird with a quiet disposition. Plumage, tipped with a white spangle, is distinct, unique, and beautiful.


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