One of the most popularly domesticated animals in the world, a chicken can be found in several different varieties. Check out this article to know the different kinds of chicken breeds.

Types Of Chicken

As you move your eyes towards the shelves in the supermarket, you can find several types of chicken waiting for you to be turned into different delicious and mouth-watering meals. After crows and sparrows, chicken is the most common bird type found in the tropical regions. To add on, a chicken is one of the most domesticated and savored animals in the world. Undoubtedly, a primary source of food, including both meat and eggs, there are several breeds of chicken found in different geographical locations. These are, generally, distinguished on the basis of size, plumage color, comb color, skin color, number of toes, amount of feathering, earlobe color, egg color and place of origin. Nonetheless, with such a large number of chicken breeds available, only a few are in more demand than the rest. Let’s take a look at some of the common and important types of chicken.
Different Kinds Of Chicken Breeds
Rhode Island Red
Known for producing one of the largest number of eggs, the Rhode Island Red is a deep colored and strong feathered breed. Generally, this breed is yellow in color while the egg color is brown. A Rhode Island Red can weigh anywhere between 6.5 to 8.5 pounds. Amazingly, this breed can lay up to three hundred eggs in a year, thereby making it a favorite pet amongst all chicken breeds. This breed can further be divided into single comb and rose comb.
Originally from China, a Langshan is a tall chicken with long legs and tails. A very active and energetic bird, a Langshan is white in color and lays brown eggs. This breed is mostly preferred for meat rather than eggs. Weighing anywhere between 7.5 to 9.5 pounds, this breed is further classified into two varieties, namely, white Langshan and black Langshan.
Light Sussex
Rather than competing for meat or eggs, you would find the Light Sussex smartly walking down the ramp at beauty contests and state fairs. Comparing this breed in terms of egg laying, the Light Sussex is a good competitor to the Rhode Island Red chicken. This breed is capable of producing about two hundred and fifty eggs in one year period. 
In case you have been longing for some succulent and luscious chicken meat, then Dorking is your take. Known for its finest quality of meat, the Dorking is originally from Italy though it was introduced to England by the Romans. With a rectangular body and short legs, this chicken is white in color and bears five toes. The Dorking lays white eggs and weighs around six pounds. Furthermore, this chicken breed is categorized into three varieties, namely, silver gray, white and colored.
Originating from the county of Cornwall in England, a Cornish is regarded as the most premium chicken breed in terms of meat production. This broad and well-muscled breed is yellow in color and lays eggs brown in color. With a standard weight of about ten pounds, the Cornish chicken boasts of a good carcass shape due to its well-developed and arranged muscles. This breed can be found in dark, white, white laced and buff varieties.
Other Chicken Breeds
  • Buff Orpington
  • Barnevelder
  • Campine
  • Catalana
  • Cochin
  • Brahmas
  • Baheij
  • Araucana
  • Aseel
  • White Leghorn
  • Bantams
  • Appenzeller

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