Chicken Resources on the Web
Here are sites that provide information about
different breeds of chickens as a primary focus. Many provide
additional information and advice as well.
- Barry Koffler's FeatherSite
- A colorful, well illustrated, and informative site that
remains the best place to begin looking for information about chickens.
It has a strong section on different breeds (called an "oddly annotated
tour"). The site is full of
poultry photography, including photographs of baby
chicks. Barry also maintains a list of Hatcheries
and Poultry Equipment Supply Houses
- Breeds of
Poultry from the Department of Animal Science, Oklahoma State
- Within the frame is the chicken section. Amount of text
provided for each breed varies widely. Many but not all breed pages are
- Poultry Pages: Chicken Breeds
- A British site that provides what it calls basic chicken
facts for the beginner. Nicely designed site, it is full of information
and some tips, plus illustrations.
- Poultry Keeper:
- A British site that provides illustrations and detailed
information about poultry found among the UK standard. In addition, the
site includes articles and other useful resources for the poultry
hobbyist, no matter where they live.
- Another British site that provides all kinds of poultry
information, including an illustrated pages for chicken breeds commonly
(or rarely) found in the UK.
- The DOM_BIRD Web site
- Includes a breed encyclopedia, plus photos, recipes and
nutrition information, and several submitted articles about poultry
science and farming. Formerly associated with the Palm Beach County
Poultry Fanciers Association.
- Diane Jacky's Art Gallery.
- Diane Jacky's paintings can be found in the catalogs of
hatcheries and have been published in the American Poultry
Association's Standard of Perfection. Her images can also be
found on many online catalogs.
- The EGG-Cellent
Guide to Chicken Breeds
- From a British poultry supply company, this long jpeg chart
lists 27 common breeds found in the UK with five traits. It is quite
visual with sweet, simple drawings of chickens, flags, and eggs.
- American Poultry
- Includes membership, show and exhibitor information, a health
series, and a current list of breed classifications.
- American Bantam Association
- Includes membership information, news and articles.
- Poultry Club of
- Includes news about shows, exhibitions, and other events, plus
information, advice, and images on breeds and other poultry topics.
- Society for the Preservation of
- A relatively new website, still building content.
- The American Livestock Breeds
- Not just for chickens.
Sites listed here are those with an emphasis
on care, health, and flock management and other advice about poultry.
Some may include information about the different breeds as well.
I have limited the selection of sites to those whose primary purpose is
informative not commercial.
and Embryology from the University of Illinois Extension
- A site of lesson plans and resources packed with chicken and egg
information. Included is an all-on-one-page History
of Chicken Breeds
- Ohio State's Ohioline:
Farm: Livestock: Poultry
- More than a dozen extension fact sheets with information on
poultry health and management.
- UConn's Poultry
- Extension pages, with a nice one on incubation.
Cooperative Extension's Information Resources: Poultry
- Another good source for information. Titles that caught my eye
include "Management Requirements for Laying Flocks," "Why Have My Hens
- The West
Virginia Poultry Extension Web Page.
- Designed to provide educational and informational materials
related to poultry production, consumer education, and other related
poultry topics, this site provides plenty of its own fact sheets plus
many links to other online resources.
- UC Davis's Poultry Web Page:
Flock & Game Bird Information include leaflets and fact sheets
on topics such as candling, biosecurity, health, and feeding.
Department of Primary Industries. Poultry.
- Extension service-esque advice on poultry health, as well as
- Loren Hadley's The
- The Coop provides many resources in its classroom, library, show
schedule, directory, and other sections. One of the more useful
sections is The
Classroom @ The Coop.
- BackYard Chickens
- Good place for backyard chicken enthusiasts to give and get
- Mother Earth News Chicken
and eggs page
- A compendium of articles with the homesteader and small operation
chicken farmer in mind. It's started a campaign advocating the
nutritional benefits of pastured poultry and free range chicken eggs.
Chickens 2.0, a permaculture article by Paul Wheaton
- Advice on making life easier: no more
scraping/shoveling/scrubbing chicken poop; almost eliminating feed
costs; and establishing a system where the chickens don't keep you
stuck on the farm.
- This Oregon poultry farmer has answers and advice and opinions
about all manner of poultry-related topics, including free ranging and
- Chicken Keeping
- Terry Golson's page of fun, advice, recipes, and recommendations,
plus excerpts from a farmstead cookbook and a HenCam Blog.
- Mad City Chickens
- Information, advocacy, advice and photos from a group of
pro-poultry people from Madison, WI, where, because of the group's
effort, single-family homes now have the right to raise poultry in the
- Along with photo essays, this site provides plans and details of
an attractive coop
designed to house up to 10 chickens.
- The late Douglas Adams' Chicken Theory
- Well, perhaps this doesn't provide any helpful information, but
it is technical and about chickens.
- See both the University of Michigan's Making of America and Cornell
of America and Core
Historical Literature of Agriculture series, as well as Google Books. Some works of
special interest include:
- Mrs. Elrington Douglas Arbuthnott. The henwife: her
own experience in her own poultry-yard. T.C. Jack, 1868.
- A popular enough guide in England to go through at least seven
- Geo. P. Burnham. The
History of the Hen Fever: a Humorous Record. Boston: J. French
and company, 1855.
- Before there was Frank Sinatra, Elvis, the Beatles, the hoola
hoop, beany babies, or Pokemon, there were chickens. This classic book
describes the fad that took the world by storm after the introduction
of some exotic breeds of chickens in the early 19th Century.
- William Cook. Practical poultry
breeder & feeder: or How to make poultry pay. Office of
the Journal of Horticulture, 1882.
- A British advice book, with a lengthy section on cross breeding.
Caponizing Set Instruction Book. Chicago: Sears, Roebuck, and Co.,
- Available as a Web page and a pdf file (tools not included),
these instructions are provided by the Palm Beach County Poultry
- Charles Wyllys Elliott. "The
Poultry Lovers." The Galaxy. Volume 8 (July 1869): pp.
- An essay on poultry and poultry farmers that is part hommage and
part informational. There is a short discussion comparing breeds, but
in 1869 there were fewer to discuss. The author does add an extra
consideration among the breeds -- cockfighting ability.
- Felch, Isaac K. Poultry
culture: how to raise, manage, mate and judge thoroughbred fowls.
Chicago :W. H. Harrison, 1885.
- A pioneer in the promotion of poultry production.
- Milo M. Hastings. The
Dollar Hen. Syracuse: National Poultry Publishing Company,
- Hastings wrote this to assist "in placing the poultry business on
a sound scientific and economic basis" and "to help the poultryman to
make money, not to spend it."
- Frederick Bruce Hutt. Genetics
of the Fowl. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1949.
- Dated, but useful, scientific look at what makes up a breed.
Includes information on combs, skin, plumage, and eggs. Available
through Cornell University's Core
Historical Literature of Agriculture series.
- Harry Lamon. The
Mating and Breeding of Poultry. New York: Orange Judd, 1923,
- Covers both principles and practices of breeding, and provides
descriptions and advice concerning every breed then accepted to the
standard. Available through Cornell University's Core Historical Literature of
- Harry Lamon. Poultry
Breeding and Selection. Washington, DC: Lamon, 1932.
- Lamon was Senior Poultryman for the National Poultry Institute.
This book was written as a text for a course, and each chapter is a
lesson. Available through Cornell University's Core Historical Literature of
- Harry Lamon. Practical
Poultry Production. St. Paul: Webb, 1920.
- A complete guide to poultry raising by the developer of the
Lamona breed, from breeding to feeding, butchering to marketing.
"Available through Cornell University's Core Historical Literature of
- Kansas State University makes available its archive of historical
bulletins, circulars, and reports as PDFs.
- Many are related to chickens.
- Frank L. Platt. The American
Breeds of Poultry: Their Origin, History of Their Development, the
Work of Constructive Breeders and how to Mate Each of the Varieties for
Best Results. American Poultry Journal, 1921.
- The subtitle describes the book well. The number of breeds
included is limited.
- John Henry Robinson. First Lessons
in Poultry Keeping: First Year Course. Farm-Poultry, 1905. First Lessons
in Poultry Keeping: Second Year Course. Farm-Poultry, 1906. Principles and
Practice of Poultry Culture. Ginn, 1912.
- Some classic textbooks.
- Published by the International Textbook Company for International
Correspondence Schools, the volume has much detail on individual breeds
and is nicely illustrated in color.
- U. S. Department of Agriculture.Farmers
Bulletin No. 51: Standard Varieties of Chickens, 1897.
- Descriptions and illustrations of thoroughbred chickens from more
than a century ago. Available through Chickenscope, a site
from the University of Illinoisw that includes many topics related to
chickens and eggs developed in cooperation with a group of Illinois
- G. C. Watson. Farm Poultry;
a Popular Sketch of Domestic Fowls for the Farmer and Amateur.
9th edition. New York: Macmillan Company, 1919.
- Watson provides in depth descriptions of breeds divided up in
categories of egg, meat, general-purpose, and fancy. In addition there
are chapters on housing, feeding, breeding, diseases and enemies.
Available from GoogleBooks.
HEALTH AND DISEASE
Veterinary Manual has a lengthy section on poultry.
Disease Fact Sheet from the Virginia Cooperative Extenstion's
- Poultry Diseases advice from Mississippi State's
- An illustrated step-by-step guide and advice by Melvin L. Hamre
processing of poultry from Minnesota cooperative extension.
Chickens is an illustrated talk-through from The Farm at Morrison Corner
to butcher a chicken in 20 minutes or less ...while leaving the
carcass and feathers intact! [how to skin a bird], by Roger Grim (from Backwoods
- Global Flyfisher has a page on chickens
that concentrates on skinning them properly for purposes of using the
feathers for tying flies.
This page authored and maintained by: John R. Henderson (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Sage Hen Farm, Lodi, NY.
Last modified: May 15, 2013