Honestly I don’t know if I can say that there’s any breeds I have negative views of. Every chicken breed just has its positive and negative attributes. So it’s pretty hard for me to actually name my favorite breeds. Though having to twist my arm, here’s a list of my favorite chicken breeds.

1. Cochins: By nature, Cochins are just very very sweet and very personable too. I have about 5 at the moment (3 bantams and 2 giants). Also the fact that they make great protective mothers makes them popular in fostering other chicken breeds and even other poultry like Ducks, Geese, Quail and even heard of a case of hawks too (ironic since they’re one of the deadliest predators towards chickens). Though not the best egg layers and primarily used to exhibition, they also make a nice carcass for the dinner table if you so wanted to eat one. Bottom line, great breed overall.

2. Brahmas: Just slightly bigger than Cochins, they make better egg layers and very nice table birds. Also great for show and easier to take care of since they have tighter feathering than Cochins. I’ve currently got a trio (rooster and two hens) and they’re sweet as can be.

3. Plymouth Rocks: An old American breed, it made a terrific dual-purpose bird back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They lay an average of 200+ eggs a year and make a good table bird too. They’re also sweet and docile birds. There’s numerous varieties with the Barred being the original version of which I have six. Other varieties include White (have one), Black, Buff, Columbian, Partridge, Blue and Silver Penciled. Great breed to have if you want numerous eggs.

4. Orpingtons: The variety is Black, though my favorite is the Buff variety. They just look so striking and magnificent. They also lay lots of eggs and make good brooders and mothers. I’ve currently got three Buff Orpington hens and reliably lay an egg a day. They originated in England and were the foundation for another breed which I’m about to talk about.

5. Australorps: They are such a great laying bird! I’ve got two Australorps which is one hen and one rooster who rules over the flock of 43. They originated in Australia (of course) from Black Orpingtons shipped over from England and were bred over time to be slightly smaller and more efficient in egg production while still being a capable meat bird. In the 1920’s there was a contest held of laying hens and at one point an Australorp hen won out by laying 364 eggs in 365 days. That should enough reason to get some Australorps. They’re also good brooders and mothers.

What do you think of my list? What are your favorite breeds of chickens? I’ll probably further expand in time so keep an eye out. Have a great day!

Note: This is a crosspost from my other site Libertytalk. I encourage you to go and visit it. Not much there right now, but I’ll post more there come in time.