Chicken Breeds Chart

This chicken breeds chart includes the most common chicken breeds available in Australia as backyard hens and gives you an insight into the characteristics of each breed, and whether or not they may suit your needs. We have collated a photo gallery below, with a list of each breeds characteristics so you can compare these with their pretty faces!

 

Breed
Good layer
Meat chicken
Easy care
Can fly
Broody tendency
Good mothers
Roost in trees
Easy to breed
Large eggs
Friendly
Heritage breed
Warm climate
Cool climate
Bantam available#
Ancona
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Araucana
X
X
X
X
X
Blue eggs
X
X
X
X
Australian Game
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Australian Langshan
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Australorp
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Barnevelder
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Belgium
X
X
X
True bantam
Cornish Cross
X
X
X
X
X
X
Frizzle
X
X
X
X
X
X
Indian Game
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Isa Brown
X
X
X
X
X
X
Japanese
X
X
X
True bantam
Leghorn
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Old English Game
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Orpington
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Pekin
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
True bantam
Plymouth Rock
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Polish
X
X
X
X
X
Rhode Island Red
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Rosecomb
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
True bantam
Sebright
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
True bantam
Silkies
X
Black meat
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Sussex
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Transylvanian Naked Necks
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Welsummer
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Wyandotte
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X





This table was collated by Tabitha B. Zarins of Tabandy Farm and featured in Pip Magazine Issue 7, our chook themed issue.

Rosecomb: Good layer, easy care, can fly, good mothers, easy to breed, friendly, heritage breed, warm climate, true bantam
Pekin: Good layer, meat chicken, broody tendency, good mothers, friendly, heritage breed, warm climate, cool climate, true bantam
Wyandotte: Good layer, meat bird, good mothers, friendly, heritage breed, cool climate, warm climate
Frizzle: Good layer, large eggs, friendly, heritage breed, warm climate, bantam available
Ancona: Good layer, easy care, can fly, roosts in trees, heritage breed, warm climate, bantam available
Welsummer: Good layer, meat bird, easy care, can fly, good mothers, large eggs, friendly,cool climate, warm climate
Transylvanian naked necks: Good layer, meat bird, easy care, can fly, good mothers, roosts in trees, easy to breed, friendly, large eggs, heritage breed, warm climate, cool climate, bantam available
Sussex: meat bird, good mothers, large eggs, friendly, heritage breed, cool climate, bantam available
Silkies: Good layer, black meat, easy care, broody tendency, good mothers, easy to breed, friendly, heritage breed, warm climate, cool climate
Sebright: Good layer, can fly, broody tendency, good mothers, roosts in trees, friendly, heritage breed, cool climate, true bantam
Rhode Island Red: Good layer, easy care, good mothers, easy to breed, large eggs, friendly, heritage breed, warm climate, cool climate, bantam available
Polish: Good layer, can fly, heritage breed, cool climate, bantam available
Plymouth Rock (Bertje is his name)

Plymouth Rock: Good layer, meat chicken, easy care, good mothers, easy to breed, large eggs, friendly, heritage breed, cool climate, bantam available

Orpington: meat chicken, broody tendency, good mothers, large eggs, friendly, heritage breed, cool climate, bantam available
Old English Game: meat chicken, easy care, can fly, roost in trees, easy to breed, large eggs, heritage breed, warm climate, cool climate, bantam available
ISA Brown: Good layer, easy care, large eggs, friendly, warm climate, cool climate
Japanese: heritage breed, warm climate, cool climate, true bantam
Cornish Cross: Good layer, meat chicken, easy care, large eggs, friendly, cool climate
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Belgian: Friendly, heritage breed, cool climate, true bantam

Barnevelder: Good layer, meat chicken, easy care, good mothers, easy to breed, large eggs, friendly, warm climate, cool climate, bantam available
Leghorn: Good layer, easg care, can fly, good mothers, roost in trees, easy to breed, large eggs, warm climate, cool climate, bantam available
Chickens

Australorp: Good layer, meat chicken, good mothers, large eggs,  friendly, warm climate, cool climate, bantam available

Australian Langshan: Good layer, easy care, broody tendancy, good mothers, easy to breed, friendly, warm climate, cool climate, bantam available

Issue 7

Issue seven is our special chicken issue with all you need to know to raise your own backyard chooks as well as all our regular sections on living the good life; rare trades, garlic, pickling, japanese fermenting, vegan permaculture, electric vehicles and more.

One of the Lavender Araucana chickens

Araucana: Good layer, easy care, broody tendancy, good mothers, can fly, heritage breed, warm climate, cool climate, bantam available, blue eggs

Happy Chicken tea towel

Inspired by practical organic gardening and permaculture techniques, this tea towel provides information on how to keep your chickens happy and healthy using plants you can grow *and* how to design chicken systems where plants are integrated easily into their lives to ensure maximum health.

The chook book

Use this book, and you will love chickens too: love to keep them, scratching about in your own backyard; love to eat them, prepared from one of Jackie’s many mouth-watering chicken-and-egg recipes.

PIP MARKET TOTE

With 100% organic cotton and fair trade certified production, the chicken is a funky market tote to put your veggies in, saving on plastic bags.  Featuring our chicken illustration from the cover of issue 7. Artwork by local artist Katherine Wheeler. 

Image Credits:

All images from Flickr. 

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One thought on “Chicken Breeds Chart

  1. Hi i live in southern barossa valley at 300 metre altitude, so warm- hot summers but cool- cold during winter ie 5-11c most days based just on this with plenty of room what breed would u recommend? Mosty eggs required and foxes will b main predator in area, thanks Mike Robinson

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