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Backyard chicken basics. They’re less work than pets and more fun than an Xbox. Plus, they provide delicious, nutritious eggs.From MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine.

A good website for learning how to raise chickens. Pictured: chicken breeds by egg color

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27 Bizarre And Beautiful Chickens

The Ayam Cemani breed of chicken. The tongue and inside of its mouth are black, along with its skin and feathers. Gorgeous birds that run about $2500 bucks apiece. Earlier this year (2013) eight hatching eggs sold on Ebay for close to $1400.

Urban Uses: Rhode Island Reds are excellent layers, producing five eggs per week. They are also known for their meat and are hardy enough for cold climates.

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Araucana, Ameraucana or Easter Egger (Olive Egger,Rainbow Layer): What's the difference?

★★★Araucana, Ameraucana or Easter Egger (Olive Egger,Rainbow Layer) Chickens: What's the difference?

GORGEOUS feather patterns on the Barnevelder. These chickens lay dark reddish brown eggs.

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Black Copper Marans

Black Copper Marans from My Pet Chicken. They lay the darkest egg we could find: a deep, rich, chocolate brown. For those of you who favor colorful eggs, this breed is a must-have! Marans make wonderful pets, too - they are hardy, calm and quiet, and bear confinement well. They are said to be good foragers without being TOO destructive to your garden.