The Naked Neck, with its eponymous exposed nape, may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but what it lacks in fluffy accoutrements it makes up for with a hear ability to withstand cold weather and illness.
EGG PRODUCTION: Good layer of light-brown, medium-sized eggs.
AS PETS: Very docile
AS MOTHERS: Ca be broody, makes a good mother
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Central Europe
EXOTIC LEVEL: 7
A friendly, nonflighty bird, the Wyandotte also lays stunning eggs. It exhibits a distinctive lacy pattern on its feathers, and it comes in a rainbow of colors. A good Wyanotte will late more than 240 eggs a year.
EGG PRODUCTION: Very good, lays large, light- to rich-brown eggs
AS PETS: Usually docile, sometimes tends toward dominance over other birds
AS MOTHERS: Rarely broody
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Un
Characteristically sideburn-like tufts on each ear and rumpless rears, these birds are most famous for their blue eggs. Sometimes called Easter egg chickens, Araucanas have become easily available largely thanks to Martha Stewart’s much-trumpeted fondness for her own brood.
EGG PRODUCTION: Good layer of green- to blue-colored, medium-size eggs
AS PETS: Calm, good with other types of chickens
AS MOTHERS: Moderately broody
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Chile
EXOTIC LEVEL: 5