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Australorp: calm and friendly, and excellent layers of light brown eggs!

Day-Old Chicks: Australorp

The Australorp's exceptionally soft, shiny black plumage has hints of green and purple in the sunlight. Peaceful and dignified, Australorps are an absolutely delightful bird which we highly recommend to anyone who wants a pet chicken that lays dependably.

Preserving Eggs~    You can keep eggs un-refridgerated if you coat them with warmed mineral oil and flip them over once a month. For long term storage up to 9 months, store @ 68 degrees in a dry place. If you still want to check if the egg is fresh enough to eat, put it in cold water. Anything other than a floating egg is safe to eat.      preparednesspro.com

Safely Preserving Eggs - Preserving eggs in the refrigerator for 9 months is unfathomable to most people, let alone safely preserving eggs that long without refrigeration.

from Dark Brahma Hen, a book of chicken portraits by photographer Stephen Green-Armytage.

"That, sir, is an extraordinary chicken!" Dark Brahma Hen, from Extraordinary Chickens, a chicken portraits book by photographer Stephen Green-Armytage

Backyard Chicken Product: Day Old Baby Chicks - Golden Buff (Red Star) - from My Pet Chicken

Day-Old Chicks: Golden Buff (Red Star)

Stars are "sex link" chickens, meaning they're bred specifically so that males and females are different colors when they hatch. Females are egg-laying machines that continue to lay well in the heat and cold, when many others slow down.

Good Layers (250 eggs per year). Barred Plymouth Rocks or "Barred Rocks," as they're called, are one of the most popular dual-purpose chickens on small farms today. Their heritage is unclear with reports of different crosses, but what is clear is that they're very friendly, great layers of large brown eggs and able to withstand cold weather quite nicely.Roosters tend to be calm and kind in comparison to some breeds of roosters.

Day-Old Chicks: Barred Plymouth Rock

Very Common, and a popular favorite, Rhode Island Red from My Pet Chicken, Red or White, Large Fowl & Bantam, Heavy sz (7-8lbs), Excellent egg layers (5/wk), X-Large Brown eggs, Bears confinement well, Docile, Setter/Broody, Generally easygoing, however, the White Rhode Islands don't enjoy nearly the same popularity despite all their redeeming characteristics. Hardy in Winter. Red Females: $3.15ea.

Day-Old Chicks: Rhode Island Red

RI Reds : they lay exceptionally well, they're valued for their meat, they're official Official Rhode Island state bird extremely cold hardy, and hardy in general.

A fantastic article on some of the troubles you can encounter while raising backyard chickens.

Backyard Chicken Challenges