Heavy Chicken Breeds
The heavy breeds tend, by and large, to be bigger than the light ones; but there is much more distinction than that. In general terms, the heavy breeds were the ones intended to offer eating potential, while the lighter breeds were develped as out-and-out layers. Typical heavy breeds eat more than light breeds and are less likely to fly.
Dark Brown eggs are the favourite of many heavy breeds, and the two breeds which lay these are the Marans (two-tone grey banding across the feathers) and the Welsummer (typical orange and black farmyard storybook cockerel colour).
Of the British breeds, one of the most popular is the Buff Orpington. The Croad Langshan lays a plum-coloured egg. The Sussex is a good egg layer, the most popular colour being Light (white with black points). Rhode Island Red, Australorp, Plymouth Rock, and Wyandotte, are also good layers of tinted eggs.
The heavier breeds include the Dorking (with five toes) and the Indian Game which is very broad and heavy indeed. the remaining type of heavy breeds are those with feathered legs such as the Cochin, Brahma, and Faverolle.