Chicken Breeds Part Two: Rare Birds

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    In my last article about chicken breeds, I highlighted some rare and common breeds, but with part two of this piece, this is a good time to shine light on some chickens you may have heard of before. These are chickens that are sold on the market, or are found in other countries. And because of their rare stature in North America, they may not make the best meat sources, since they can be fairly expensive on the market. Instead, they would make good trophy and pet birds rather than as your next dinner.

    Lemon Pyle Brahma

    This breed of chicken is originally from India, and were originally bred for their meat. But they also make decent egg-layers, contributing at least 150 per year. The eggs themselves are mid-size and come in brown. It is a breed distinct for its feathered legs and its light to dark colored coating. They come in salt and paper coloring, or your traditional brown-feathered variety. They are a large breed up to eight pounds, and are great for having around your yard. This is a breed that can handle the cold well, and they are known for their tame and docile personalities.

    La Fleche

    This is a bird you'll have a harder time getting your hands on.

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    As the name suggests, this breed is found in France, and is known for its meat as a delicacy in French cuisine. It is known as the devil bird because of its V shaped comb that resembles horns, and its black feathering gives it a more nefarious mystique. They may look like intimidating birds, but they are medium size, ranging from 6 to 7 pounds. And this bird will be quite a little devil in your backyard, since they are primarily wild birds that like to nest in trees. It is a bird that normally avoids contact with humans, and they are avid flyers. They have a wild personality and will not make the best pets, no matter how cool they may look.

    Penedesenca

    This is another bird that normally avoids human contact. These are wild birds that don't do well around humans and will not do well in confined spaces. Because the species is native to the Mediterranean, it doesn't do the best in cold weather, and it is a fairly wild bird. But they are birds that do well in heat. They are well known for their crown-like combs and small size (4-5 lbs), ranging from black to brown in color. And they are most notable for their wonderful brown colored eggs.

    Sicilian Buttercup

    Another Mediterranean bird from Sicily, the Buttercup is a bird that you can indeed buy on the market, since these birds were first brought here in 1892. They are another bird with a crown-like comb, and it is known for its signature golden brown-like feathers. These are very active birds that do not do well in confinement, and they are not known for their docile personalities. Its primary purpose is for egg-laying, and this is one bird you wouldn't want to slaughter for meant. If you are up for a challenge, this is one bird to have if you have plenty of space.

    Russian Orloff

    Let's switch from the Mediterranean to Eastern Europe for the Russian Orloff, a medium sized bird that is used for both meat and egg consumption. You can spot them with their walnut style comb and light brown feathering. With this bird, they are known for being docile creatures, but are not particularly friendly toward people. However, they do bear confinement well and handle the cold well because of their compact yet meaty bodies. They can range from white, black or spangled coloring. You can find this breed in the U.S., but you'll have to do your research to find this one.

    Stay tuned for more of my articles on rare birds. If you have any rare bird breeds in mind, chime in below.

    Happy chicken raising!

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