Why I’m here.

In the beginning of buying of a few chickens, I found no proper website of how to pick a chicken, without only trying to advertise to buy some from them. So, in order to help others from facing the same dilemma, I am beginning this website, Pickin’ a Chicken. This site is geared towards finding the right chicken for you, the backyard chicken owner, through suitability of conditions, personality, available time, and compatibility. Blog posts will be geared to a new kind of chicken a week roughly, and at a certain point, a sorting system, for you to be able to find the right chicken for you, quickly and easily. (Photo courtesy of Anna Wiz)

Key to Chicken Entries

For each of my chicken entries I will begin with a paragraph, about the chicken, whether their personality, tendencies, or other unique traits. Then I will continue with a list of facts about the chickens, summarized below.

  • Appearance: As in what they look like, whether colors, or other body features. If not mentioned, they are assumed to have four toes, and un-feathered legs.
  • Weight: How much, in pounds, the chicken usually weighs.
  • Purpose: If the chicken is usually raised for egg-laying, or for it’s meat, or maybe both. This site will be geared towards egg-layers, or chickens of dual-purpose.
  • Origin: The place where the chicken was initially found or bred.
  • Common: If a chicken is a typical choice, or not.
  • Egg color: The complexion of an egg.
  • Egg size: Rated in typical store sizes.
  • Eggs week/year: How many eggs are laid on average in a week, and then a year. Keep in mind that this is for the first year, and every year thereafter a chicken will lay less and less eggs.
  • Broody/Setter: If a chicken will lay a dozen or so eggs, and then stop and raise them.
  • Confinement: If a chicken willingly is confined, rather than attempting to escape.
  • Compatibility: How the chicken is with other chickens, of the same or of a different type.
  • Hardy: If it is hardy in hot/cold weather, or both.
  • Bantam: If there is a so-called “bantam” variety of the chicken, which is usually just a smaller version with smaller eggs, but similar , if not identical, in appearance.
  • Personality: One of the most important parts in all chickens, is their personality, whether curious, solitary, or something else. Remember that this varies from chicken to chicken, so not one is the same!
  • Available from: Some hatcheries, organizations, or farms that sell the kind of chicken discussed. In addition to the price which is in US dollars.

Rhode Island Red

One of the most common chickens in our world today, the Rhode Island Red (RIR), originated in Rhode Island over a century ago. The single combed variety was admitted to the standard of perfection of the American Poultry Administration (APA) in 1904—the rose-combed variety recognized a year later. RIR’s have hard feathers, and can be very good egg layers, even through winter if kept under suitable conditions.
  • Appearance:
    • Male: Their feathers are a famous rusty, to chocolaty-red. They also have some black patches in their tails,  and a little in their wings.
    • Female: Same as male, but they also have black on the back of their neck. The hens also tend to be a bit darker and more richly colored than the males.
    • Face: Red
    • Comb:  Red, single or rose
    • Earlobes: Red
    • Skin color: Yellow
    • Beak color: Yellow
    • Eyes: Red-orange
  • Weight: Rooster-8 Hen-6.5 Cockerel-7 Pullet-5.5*
  • Purpose: Dual purpose*
  • Origin: Rhode Island- America
  • Common: Extremely
  • Egg color: Light brown
  • Egg size: Large or extra large
  • Eggs a week/year: 5-6 eggs a week/250-300 eggs a year.
  • Broody: No, but when they do go broody, they are a very dutiful mother.*
  • Confinement: RIR’s handle confinement well, and do not typically try to escape.
  • Compatibility: Good with other RIR’s but, may be a little aggressive with other chickens.
  • Hardy: These birds are known to be very hardy in winter and summer… They also have strong immune systems.
  • Bantam: Yes, though a bit more uncommon, there is a bantam variety of the RIR.*
  • Personality: Known to be very loving and caring towards their owners, they are generally curious, but also cautious… They may be more unfriendly towards strangers, and other animals.
  • Available from:*
    • Murray McMurray:
      • Day Old: (Min. 1) SR: $2.14, F: $2.47, M: $1.31
    • My Pet Chicken:
      • Day Old: (Min. 3+, Overall) SR: —, F: $3.00, M: $2.00
    • Cackle Hatchery:
      • Day Old: (Min. 5) SR: $2.06, F: $2.52, M: $1.20 (No Min. on Males)
Overall a very good combination of hardiness, and egg laying capability. It is very clear why they are one of the most popular chickens for backyard chicken owners.