Breeds

Learn all you need to know about chicken breeds for your flock with the help of our ‘Eggcellent Chicken Breeds Guide for Beginners‘.

Or check out information on specific breeds (ranked by chicken type), discover everything about breeding and genetics, or learn more about egg colors and their matching breeds.

Explore our Top Breeds per Category:

Best Egg Layers

Most backyard chicken enthusiasts love their flock for the daily amount of eggs they give them. Whether you keep the eggs for your own use or want to sell a couple of dozen of eggs per week to make up for the food cost, that’s completely up to you! But when looking for new additions for your backyard flock, it’s best to know their egg-laying skills in advance!!

We’ll start by addressing some of our favorite top egg layers.

All breeds in this list lay more than 200 eggs per year. That’s a minimum of four eggs per week!

Best Meat Birds

Many chicken breeds available were originally bred as dual-purpose breeds. Meaning they can be kept for both eggs and meat. So you’ll find some of our best egg layers in this list.

All meat birds in this list are good egg layers, laying around 150 – 200 eggs annually and more. That’s still a decent number of eggs per week.

Unique Looking Chickens

Some breeds are the best of both worlds! They’re excellent egg layers and have the looks of a superstar! Maybe you want to show them off on social media, or you just want a colorful and diverse backyard flock. These breeds are not that common; some are fairly new, and some are a bit harder to find. But all have a unique look.

Colorful Egg Layers

Some chicken breeds lay the most colorful eggs. If you want an addition to the white, cream, and brown eggs in your fridge, try and look for these breeds instead.

But keep in mind this is not a certainty to getting Instagram-proof eggs! The only way to find out what color your hens lay is to wait until the first egg pops out. But you will have a higher chance of getting neat-looking eggs with the following breeds.

Green Queen
(Green/Olive)
Faverolles
(Brown/Pink)
Sapphire Gem
(Brown/Pink)
Marans
(Chocolate)
araucana chicken
Araucana
(Light blue)