Do you want chickens that produce a lot of eggs? Is it more important that they are friendly? Do you only care that they’re quiet? Do you have a preference for the color of egg?

There are a ton different types of chickens to chose from. (They have awesome names, also.)

This video does a good job of explaining all the different breeds and their characteristics.

But if you’re looking for a deeper side-by-side comparison, check out this guide from Dare 2 Dream Farms, which organizes the different breeds by their various traits — like egg color, temperament and how noisy they are.

Finally, if you want a computer to do the searching for you, here’s a handy tool from My Pet Chicken that will recommend breeds for you.

If you already have chickens, what kind do you have? What made you choose them?

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Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...