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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.

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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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.

The Sussex breed is magnificent as egg layers, able to keep egg production high even through the winter months. They also have quite a following as show birds because of theri easy-going temperament.

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

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

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

Ameraucana hens. Ah ha!!! These ladies look just like my girl Reggie! Now I know what she is! She has not laid me any eggs since I have had her so I haven't seen the blues and greens...

Weight: 7 to 8 pounds Urban Uses: Plymouth Rocks are good layers, producing four eggs per week. Tolerant of cold weather, they don’t mind confinement. They are also valued as meat birds. Egg Size: Large (standard type) Second Thoughts: These large chickens need a roomy coop to be comfortable.