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
Chicken. (Ancona bantam rooster).
Ancona: Good layer, easy care, can fly, roosts in trees, heritage breed, warm climate, bantam available

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

Langshan

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

Chickens

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

barnevelder.1

Barnevelder: Good layer, meat chicken, easy care, good mothers, easy to breed, large eggs,  friendly, warm climate, cool climate, bantam available

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Belgian: Friendly, heritage breed, cool climate, true bantam

Cornish Rock Cross

Cornish Cross: Good layer, meat chicken, easy care, large eggs,  friendly, cool climate

#frizzle

Frizzle: Good layer, large eggs, friendly, heritage breed, warm climate, bantam available
the first steps out of the coop
ISA Brown: Good layer, easy care, large eggs, friendly, warm climate, cool climate

During the Quiz

Japanese: heritage breed, warm climate, cool climate, true bantam
blue leghorn hen
Leghorn: Good layer, easg care, can fly, good mothers, roost in trees, easy to breed, large eggs, warm climate, cool climate, bantam available

Rooster 3

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

Orpington Chicken

Orpington: meat chicken, broody tendency, good mothers, large eggs, friendly, heritage breed, cool climate, bantam available

Trio of Pekin / Silkie cockerels

Pekin: Good layer, meat chicken, broody tendency, good mothers, friendly, heritage breed, warm climate, cool climate, true bantam

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

Curious chicken...

Polish: Good layer, can fly, heritage breed, cool climate, bantam available

Red The Rooster

Rhode Island Red: Good layer, easy care, good mothers, easy to breed, large eggs, friendly, heritage breed, warm climate, cool climate, bantam available

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Rosecomb: Good layer, easy care, can fly, good mothers, easy to breed, friendly, heritage breed, warm climate, true bantam

Silver Sebright

Sebright: Good layer, can fly, broody tendency, good mothers, roosts in trees,  friendly, heritage breed, cool climate, true bantam

IMG_1917 EDIT

Silkies: Good layer, black meat, easy care, broody tendency, good mothers, easy to breed, friendly, heritage breed, warm climate, cool climate

light sussex pullet

Sussex: meat bird, good mothers, large eggs, friendly, heritage breed, cool climate, bantam available

King of the Naked Necks

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

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Welsummer: Good layer, meat bird, easy care, can fly, good mothers, large eggs, friendly,cool climate, warm climate
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Wyandotte: Good layer, meat bird, good mothers, friendly, heritage breed, cool climate, warm climate

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

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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