The best chicken breed to choose for the Zombie Apocalypse March 9, 2012

Everyone wants the perfect chicken—the very best chicken breed. Of course, what qualifies as “perfect” varies depending on your needs. Some are looking for heat tolerant birds; others want cold tolerant birds. Some want heritage chicken breeds, while others just want the best layers.  Then there  are the folks who are looking for a flock that will help them survive the impending Zombie Apocalypse.

Best chicken breeds

Yeah, I hear you laughing… but you’ll want to have eggs for breakfast whether zombies are roaming the streets or not, right? And do you really want to live without meringue or angel food cake for the rest of your life?

I thought not.

Even the CDC (the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention) got into the act last year with a blog post full of advice for preppers on how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. No joke. There’s something to be said for disaster preparedness, no matter what the disaster is, right?

Chicken End Times

At My Pet Chicken, while we don’t expect that the complete end of civilization is coming anytime soon, we can still offer some advice for choosing a great end-of-times chicken breed, in the interests of being prepared!

In addition to the list of emergency supplies the CDC suggests having on hand at all times (water, food, medications, tools, etc.), and in addition to the more zombie-specific suggestions made in the comments section of their zombie preparedness post (a baseball bat for clearing a path through the hordes, running shoes, ammo, etc.), we’d like to suggest some chicken breeds that would be good, sustainable choices for preppers, for long term survival.  You want the best chicken breed, right?

Choosing the best chicken breeds for preppers

In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse, you will be looking for chickens that can forage well on their own.

That’s because you won’t be able to simply pop down to the local feed store for more feed when the zombie hordes have invaded. There will be no ordering feeds online, either.  For the best chicken breed during the zombie apocalypse, you’ll need chickens that are good foragers. They still won’t be able to survive without care and feed from you, of course, but you don’t want birds that eat a lot and produce very little! You’ll want an economical breed.

Your tatty, end-of-times chicken library

Yeah you’ll also need a good reference guide—because there will be no Internet. The My Pet Chicken Handbook is the best guide to have on hand (of course!). 

My Pet Chicken Handbook
My Pet Chicken Handbook

It has a list of more than 70 breeds, showing foraging ability, hardiness and more, to help you choose the very best breeds for your situation, and to help you plan like an expert even if you’ve never kept chickens before.

In other words, keep this one under lock and key when the Zombie Apocalypse comes—or team up with a ninja librarian—or it may get stolen by those people who don’t have chickens, yet, and don’t know how to care for them.  (You may also consider keeping your coop and run locked up to preserve your chickens!)  

Another good reference guide for your library is Gail Damerow’s Chicken Encyclopedia, which provides basic information about some important health topics. When civilization ends, you’ll be the veterinarian, right?

Three more ways to chicken prep for zombie doom

With your chicken library in hand, there are many additional things to consider when choosing a breed for the zombie apocalypse.

For one, you can’t simply pick any breed that forages well and presume that your zombie preparedness worries are over. Some breeds forage, but also need to eat a lot of feed to produce each egg! For instance, Brahmas forage well, but because they’re such big birds, they still require a LOT of food, compared to how many eggs they lay. They also don’t lay prolific numbers of eggs, so Brahmas may not be the best choice for your apocalypse needs.

You want the best chicken breed, right?

Andalusian Chicken
Sorry, Andalusians… you don’t make the grade!

A second caveat is the broodiness factor. In addition to having a good foraging ability, the chickens you want to keep after the zombie apocalypse will need to occasionally go broody, so there will be future generations. For example, a flock of Andalusians—aggressive foragers—aren’t going to help you survive the apocalypse long term because they seldom go broody. You find out in the My Pet Chicken Handbook that they’re also noisy. THEY WILL DRAW THE ZOMBIES TO YOU (if zombies like chicken brains.) Plus, that they don’t go broody means that unless you have a generator to run your incubator for 21 days so you can hatch new chicks, then once your original flock is done, there will be no more! For the zombie apocalypse, you’ll need to choose a breed that will go broody and raise chicks.

Fayoumi chicken
Fayoumis don’t make the cut, either.

Finally, you’ll need to find a breed that can survive in your climate. Fayoumis would do well in hot areas–but would do very poorly in cold. Buckeyes do well in cold weather, but are less tolerant of extreme heat! You’ll also want your chickens to have some natural camouflage so they can hide from predators–and you’ll want them to be active and alert enough to avoid the occasional attack! A good breed for this is the Speckled Sussex. They are a relatively good forager, and possess all those other qualities, too.

That said, for my money—which (if the apocalypse comes) will be meaningless in the new barter economy—the best chicken breed to help you survive the Zombie Apocalypse is….

(Drum roll, please)

… the Welsummer.

Welsummer chicken
Welsummers will help you survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Why we think Welsummers are in the running for best chicken breed for the zombie apocalypse

Wellies are among the best foragers. Plus, the hens are a heathery brown with reddish hackles, camouflaged so they are hard for predators to spot in the brush. (Zombies aren’t known for their keen eyesight, anyway.)

Welsummers lay large, chocolate brown eggs with speckles, so even the eggs have camouflage. The hens are very good layers, too, laying four or more eggs a week. They can do well in both heat and cold. They do occasionally go broody (although not so often that you’ll be fighting to get them back to laying again)… and they’re among the sweetest birds in my flock, to boot.

It’s nice to think that when the zombies come, I’ll have some friendly chickens to keep me company.

  • Fabulous forager? Check
  • Natural camouflage? Check
  • Cold tolerant? Check
  • Heat tolerant? Check
  • Good layer? Check
  • Winter layer? Check.
  • Large eggs? Check
  • Will raise chicks? Check
  • Can avoid predators? Check.

What else is there? While there may be other breeds that will do well in your particular environment, the Wellie is a good bet for most places here in the United States.

Zombies, our Welsummers are ready for you!

Terry Golson March 9th, 2012

After 15 + years of keeping backyard hens, I got my first Welsummer last year and that breed went right to the top of my list of favorites. Perhaps personality doesn’t matter if their are zombies about, but this breed is also gentle and friendly, and not heavy to pick up, so if you have children (not zombie children) a Welsummer is an ideal choice. (Don’t enter me in the contest – I’m on the blog tour, too!)
–Terry at

LindaG March 9th, 2012

Haha. That is great!
I am still doing research into chickens, so I’m glad to have your recommendation.

And now that I’ve read your post, I’m not sure if I should get Gail’s book as it seems like it might be a bit misleading to new chicken owners wanting a good breed for specific limitations (as a forager needing little supplement).

Thanks for sharing this post. I am going to bookmark it.

Sheila March 9th, 2012

I haven’t tried a Welsummer. For our farm our ‘faithful’ chicken has been the Golden Comet. It is a winter hardy bird, that lays well and will brood on occasion. She also loves to forage. However this year I am adding 2 silver laced wyandots. I can’t wait to see how they fair. I love this blog. I could REALLY use this encyclopedia. So many birds…. so little coop space!!!
Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Shelly Wade March 9th, 2012

Welsummers are on my wish list with or without a zombie apocalypse. I’d love to win a copy of The Chicken Encyclopedia. I have other books from Storey & have always found them to be great for reference.

Pat March 9th, 2012

I have question, I have a beautiful, VERY large hen that is colored much like
the welsummer hen- she has a rose comb, very dark “green” legs and lays
green eggs (not a good layer), I am at a loss as to what breed she is, she
was bought at a TSC store a couple of years back. Any guesses?
Any help would be appreciated.

Lissa March 9th, 2012

Pat, she’s an Easter Egger:

They can have any appearance, and I have a couple that are Welsummer-y. But green egg layers are definitely Easter Eggers, wonderfully fun chickens. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sara March 9th, 2012

Zombie apocalypse is actually frequently on my mind:) I plan on moving to an uninhabited island when such an attack occurs. Of course, the number one item on my list to bring with me is as many chickens as I can grab. I have never had any Welsummers but they are beautiful. I have to say I really enjoyed your post. It hit on two of my current “obsessions”.

Lisa B. March 9th, 2012

Hmm, I would have to guess rhode island reds since that’s the only breed we’ve ever had.

judy March 9th, 2012

I have Salmon Faverolles(They do get broody)and ameraucanas that are good layers.The salmons are supposedly good for meat too but we have not tried one yet.I’ve only had them for two years.All the manure is great for activating the compost pile.Our soil gets a little better every year for vegetables and flowers too.I would love to win the chicken encyclopedia!Judy

Michelle Gentry March 9th, 2012

My pet chicken is a great site for everything you need or need to know about chickens! So glad I found you!

Marilyn H. March 9th, 2012

Buff Orphingtons are my favorites.
Just good all around hens!

Dawn Woodrum March 9th, 2012

The Wellies do sound like a nice hardy breed. I would have to go with Brown Leghorns due to their duality and reliability, they just are a bit wary of people. My kids always joke when we’re planting our garden and canning our harvest that we’re preparing for the zombie apocalypse!

shaz March 9th, 2012

Ones that clean up after them selves would be a good breed……….shame i aint found that breed as of yet!!

Kelly March 9th, 2012

I might have to try some welsummers now. I love my Delewares, hopefully they will compare!!

Brandy March 9th, 2012

This is a somewhat funny article, but also very informational. I’ve never owned the breed said to be the best survivor, but I do have a speckled sussex

Lauren Murphy March 9th, 2012

Good Advise on the Welsummer. I am getting a bantam Welsummer from MPC this spring. While you advise against Brahmas because of their feed conversion ratio, I am confident that my brahma rooster could take down a zombie on his own due to his size. I would want to keep Sephiroth in my flock if zombies were headed my way.

Tamar Amidon March 9th, 2012

I would recommend Australorps. They hit all the above points and they are also fairly quiet. Don’t want to draw any Zombie attention

wes pierce March 9th, 2012

I love my Americanas thy lay the prettist pastel colored eggs…..

Kristen March 9th, 2012

Now I have an excuse to get more chickens! I haven’t tried Welsummers and well, we need to be ready for the zombie apocalypse!

Jen S. March 9th, 2012

This was the best read of the blog tour yet! A very entertaining review!
Yet another reason why I need this book–if there’s to be a Zombie Apocolypse, there will be no more searching the interwebs for chicken info.–I’ll need to expand my library!

Mary Clark March 9th, 2012

I wonder if our girls could take out a Zombie…hmmmmm. I’ve been reading David Moody’s Autumn series of books about a Zombie Apocalypse and thinking it would be great to still have our wonderful eggs! That and a few sacks of beans and some rifles and knives and I’m good!

Jordan March 9th, 2012

I am learning more and more about chickens from your blog and the mypetchicken website. I have yet to get my backyard flock, but plan to do so this spring. Thank you for this wonderful post! Living in MD we normally have mild/harsh winters. So when i do get my flock, I will need a hardy bird like the Americauna (sp?) but the welsummer is a beautiful bird, and seems like the perfect fit for Maryland!

Sam March 9th, 2012

In my experience, buff/tawny chickens like Welsummers are hawk bait unfortunately! I live in a fairly rural community in Alaska, and goshawks/foxes/bears/neighborhood dogs are constantly harassing our free range flock… and its always the colored birds that go first, no matter the season or folliage! Birds with black, white, and gray mottling, speckling, or striping almost never are the first to go in a larger flock. Part of this has to do with how well they blend in with a gravel driveway, alder trees, and snow, I’m sure… but I think a fair bit of it has to do with the “zebra” effect as well, a flock of speckled dull colored chickens being hard to pick out from one another and focus on individually.

Viktorija March 9th, 2012

We got Buff Brahmas last year and they’re awesome! They’re huge, lay jumbo to extra jumbo size eggs everyday, are very docile, and beautiful! The roosters are just as friendly as the hens, who are so laid back it’s almost funny. They’re also great in any weather. I’ll be getting more this year, they’re just too perfect.

I have a Showgirl rooster that’s 1/3rd the size of the Buff Brahma roosters and he is a mean s.o.b.! He attacks every time I go into their pen…and unfortunately their pen is where the feed storage is so there’s no avoiding him.

I’m hooked on chickens, I’ll never be without them!

Crystal Vanderlaan March 9th, 2012

Thx for the info. We r starting our very 1st flock…..just for pets, the eggs r a bonus! We r thinking of going with Cochins. I have 3 kids under the age of 10, youngest is 3, and we live in northwest IN.

Vicki March 9th, 2012

hadn’t really thought about a zombie apocalypse but I have decided that the best chicken for us is the Buckeye. Wanting to keep a heritage breed and one that is hearty in the cold,cold winters. I love that they came from Ohio and are the only breed produced by a woman,Nettie Metcalf. I finally after 6 years of dreaming and planning have 17 chicks in a brooder and another 26 eggs in the incubator. A great start to my long awaited dream flock.

roxannau March 9th, 2012

My best all-around chickens are my mixed breed chickens (Barred Rock, Australorp, and a couple of others thrown in there along they way). They’re super hardy, great moms, wonderful foragers. good layers and the roosters are aggressive to other animals but not people.

Darleen March 9th, 2012

Woohoo glad to know I am already set, got some Welsummers in the brooder now! Excited to see how they do. Always good toknow I can check that offmy zombie preparedness list!!

Michelle Wade March 9th, 2012

My favorite hen right now would have to be our black australorp. She lays large eggs an us a very tolerant and quiet bird.

JoAnne Broadwater March 9th, 2012

How about Plymouth Barred Rocks? When my chicks arrived by mail, a Plymouth Barred Rock was the first brave soul out of the box. I think bravery will be important in the Zombie invasion. These birds seem fearless, yet they are friendly. One of them used to spend time sitting in my lap. A layer and a lap chicken—the perfect breed to provide everything you need when times get tough.

Christie Albertin March 9th, 2012

I have Welsummers and a variety of other chickens – too many to list here. I could never pick a “perfect” chicken variety or a “perfect” mixed breed. I have to go with any chick that is hatched under one of my broody hens. . . . . and I don’t mean chicken hens. I have some turkey hens who can’t seem to pop out a turkey poult for nothing, but by golly they can sure hatch out chickens and ducks, and they stay with those chicks/ducklings until the lessons of life are complete and the young birds can function on their own.

Cathie Sue Andersen March 9th, 2012

Jsut about peed my pants. This is the best article ever! I already have my copy. Excellent reference source. And thanks so much for making the print large enought for my tired, older eyes! If I win this I’ll donate it for the raffle at POOPS. That is the People of Oklahoma Poultry Show. And yes, we have t-shirts!

Elizabeth March 9th, 2012

I’ve been wanting to add Welsummers, and this just capps off my want! I have 19 Easter Eggers and although they are great layers they have not gone broody. I’m not prepairing for a Zombie attack, but would like a hen that will go broody once and a while. Thanks for being apart of this giveaway, I would love a copy of this book.

Julie March 9th, 2012

I like chickens that have feathers. LOL

Ones that lay and not crow is a bonus — but must admit I couldn’t “dispatch” of two oops roo’s that free range around our place: twin banty EE’s, BillyBob and BillyRae.

Last time I checked, I was a human. Thank you for reminding me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Justin Frost March 9th, 2012

Ameraucanas and are my choice for surviving the post-apocalyptic present. They are small and agile and dodgy and can avoid the fastest shambler. They lay great for how much they eat, they forage well, and the blue/green colored eggs will blend in nicely with the radioactive fallout going unseen by hungry raiders and zombies alike. Their dinosaur like songs should deter hungry raiders from entering the fence, but if a wasteland wanderer wanders into my garden they’ll soon find out ITS A TRAP as they fall into my moat. Then the chickens can devour the jerked zombie strips and lay high protein eggs and I can avoid the whole cannibalism issue with just a few moral sidesteps. If the chickens get ghoulified then ya can’t really tell the difference as Zombameraucanas have cute beards to cover their hideous open wounds.

Jessica Burns March 9th, 2012

This is very helpful! I am a complete beginner to this whole chicken thing, I haven’t even gotten any yet. I am trying to figure out which chickens are the best for a “first timer” ๐Ÿ™‚

Renee henry March 9th, 2012

Fantastic and hilarious post! I loved th CDC zombie post last year too- so clever. We are picking out our first chicken breeds right now, and I am hoping our choices of buckeyes, barred rocks, and buff orpingtons will fair well against the zombie invasion ๐Ÿ™‚ fingers crossed on a chance at that book!

gab March 9th, 2012

i have 6 welsummer ordered . never have heard of the breed before , but the discription sounded nice [ breeder off of craigslist ] . looking forward to some nice chickens , i am glad i made a good choice — not knowing what i was looking at . before we had rhode island reds and white leghorns …

NOW , since i did some research on the chickens , i would choose the welsommer as well for the apocalypse .

anyhow i still want a few black copper marans !!!


Leanne See-Garcia March 9th, 2012

I will be receiving my first chicks next month. I chose breeds based on a variety of colorful eggs as well as cold-hardy breeds. Being new to raising chicks and caring for chickens, I would love to obtain as much information as possible. I am always searching for new information sources!

Melissa March 9th, 2012

I have been thinking about a Welsummer anyway, so I guess I’ll definitely add that one to my flock! Love it!

stacy March 9th, 2012

Not going to lie I myself have thought of apocalypse happening..not the reason I started raising chickens but good to I’m good to go if one happens..I’ve have Bern only raising for three years now and have yo say I very much enjoy each and every hen I have in my tmixed flock of 12 and alwayss love learnig and getting to know more about their breeds sand heritage..I’m defendant Tlingit going to bee checking outa more about. Welsummer..

Kayla March 9th, 2012

Loved the article. I would hope that my girls would do good during the zombie apocalypse. So far they hit all the marks except broodiness…

Jenna Brown March 9th, 2012

Haha! Thanks for the great post! I will keep this in mind for the future, for sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brittany S. March 9th, 2012

Being the leader of a local 4-H poultry club, Iโ€™ve had many different breeds. I’ve had everything from Sex-links to Langshans. Bantams and standards. The best broody I’ve had was a Columbian Rock bantam. As for egg production I love pure bred Ameraucanas, they lay the nicest blue egg. But my all time favorite breed is the bantam Old English Game. I love how there is some many different varieties and I found they are one of the best birds to use in showmanship.

karenleigh March 9th, 2012

I need a Welsummer! For now, I’ll rely on my Buff Orpingtons to survive the ZA. They’re quite sturdy girls!

Jane March 9th, 2012

My lone white leghorn would rival ANY zombie. She’s scrawny, but the best egg-layer EVER and very independent!

Leronna March 9th, 2012

I LOVE my Americaunas & will be getting some Blue Laced Red Wyandotte chicks next week!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!

Myrddwn March 9th, 2012

Love the Wellsumers. We picked up a few random breeds last year, but once I did some research and discovered Wellies, I just had to have some. We have two in the brooder right now, with a pair of EEs.
We also love zombies in this house, and even my five year old knows to ‘shoot ’em in the head, dad!’ Glad to know we are even more prepared than we thought!
I just had to reblog this, loved it!

Jaime A. Geraldi March 9th, 2012

I just want to win the book, book, book lol

ryan whelpley March 9th, 2012

I think I would use the blue arucanna the blue green fethers are good camouflage I can grow my own feed mine forage well they go broody and lay a fair amount of eggs

Barbara Le March 9th, 2012

If Zombie’s taste like chicken, then maybe we will be all set with food rationing. I think the Jersey Giants could kick a zombie and knock it over and then we can take it out, and have a wonderful zombie BBQ. Plus they are good egg layers and meat chickens, so win win!

Cathy Zeiler March 9th, 2012

I only have one Welsummer but I sure like her. I guess I need to get some more!

Kim March 9th, 2012

Maybe I should add some of these Welsummers to my flock this year.

Sara S March 9th, 2012

Oh man, this is too funny! Thanks for the recommendation! I want to win the chicken encyclopedia as well. I have never owned chickens, and have only just begun research for what’s best for me in my area, as well as general husbandry and health care.

Jean Castle March 9th, 2012

I love my Marans – I have blue and black and black copper. Seem to be cold and damp tolerant, good foragers, and layers and calm and quiet. Mine are young and have not gone broody yet but I am told they do.

Robert Penland March 9th, 2012

We’ve got 4 hens which are a hybrid cross between a White Rock egg-layer type female and a Rhode Island Red male. They are very good egg layers and since they are reddish brown they sport good camo. If we are attacked by zombies they would probably peck and scratch their feet until they got a treat.

Walter Radziszewski March 9th, 2012

Great info but still love my silkies!!

Marilynn Britton March 9th, 2012

I had yard birds but they were not any specific breed. As a matter of fact they were very mixed breeds. I had whatever chicken I could get and they intermingled and crossbred and the strongest survived. Even though some might not be a good mother I just put eggs under any hen that brooded without even knowing which ones they came from and they raised them as their own. I even had a turkey hen with no mate and she raised whatever I put under her. I had a little banty hen that would even go after hawks that threatened “her” babies. So I think a mix would be the best bet.

valerie March 9th, 2012

Interesting article. We love our barred rock and rhode island red. We are getting more girls on Monday and can’t wait!

Jennifer March 9th, 2012

I adore my Dominiques! Have been interested in the Wellies thoug and am definitely going to have to get a couple ๐Ÿ™‚

Eric "Chicken Dad" Keith March 9th, 2012

I would have to say, if were going to choose which of my breeds I would keep in a Zombie Apocalypse, I would keep my Naked Necks. The roos do a great job of minding their hens, they don’t need any special protection from the heat or the cold, they lay nice medium/large light brown eggs, they have huge breasts and thighs for a meat souce and I’ve never seen a hen dig deeper to find worms and grubs. Not to mention their looks maybe the Zombies would be affraid of them and if not they are pretty good fliers for their size, mine always take the highest roost in the coop.

Maria Zannini March 9th, 2012

I’ve never heard of Welsummers. :hangs head in shame: But I am greatly intrigued.
How are they as meat birds?

Pamela March 9th, 2012

I ordered 5 pullets of Golden wyandottes but they wont get here till the middle of May…yeap me crying. So I went to the local farm ranch store and they have Rhode Island Reds so I got 5 straight run so we shall see how many hens I get. In fact just put them in the trough. ( yeap using my horses extra water trough) As for survivability I hope both breeds do well. For right now all I am worried about is raising my first set of chicks…..Citygirl goes country full time now with first chickens.

Autumn Thompson March 9th, 2012

Get info to know in case of the zombie apocalypse. Never really thought of it before. I would love the encyclopedia to find a excellent layer in a blue or lavender breed. Might not be the greatest in camouflage though. I have every color but blue/lavender and they are so pretty.

Sara March 9th, 2012

I totally agree! Bring on the Apocalypse!

Terri Joseph March 9th, 2012

I’m sure it’s too late to add a Welsummer to my chick order as almost all breeds are sold out for my shipment date. I’ve raised free range chickens now for over 20 years and I love the Salmon Faverolle chicken’s personality best. They are not the best egg layers but my favorite pets; extremely docile and friendly. For eggs, nothing beats the white leghorn! I love the perky personality of Egyptian Fayoumis but, yes, they are esp. not cold hardy when they get older. My 7 year old’s toes froze off during her last winter. I could write much more on my extensive experience with many breeds. I was a 4H poultry club leader for a few years and helped youth raise poultry for show. That was alot of fun!! I wouldn’t think of living on my homestead without chickens.

Manja March 9th, 2012

I really enjoyed this post. Welsummers have been on my wish list for some time. But since I let one of my hens hatch out some beautiful blue half Cochin chicks last year I’m addicted to breeding my own and won’t be able to buy any more babies.

Dori Dee March 9th, 2012

After 2 separate dog attacks and a host of other calamities, the sole survivor of my first flock was the only Welsummer (her name was Jill Zarin). I found a new home for her, but when I start my new flock I am going to cut to the chase and order a Welsummer army. Take that, zombies!

Tina C March 9th, 2012

Whew!!! Glad we are already prepared for the Zombies since we already have some MPC Wellies.

Although, I may be at a disadvantage… my Wellies have great big Best in Show ribbons from local fairs that make them stand out and make the zombies think they have larger-than-normal chicken brains.

Honestly, if you want to starve a zombie to death, offer them some D’Uccles to snack on.

Lin Knowles March 9th, 2012

Given that I live in an extremely rural area (which means we have more guns than people), we may be able to escape the upcoming zombie apocalypse relatively unscathed. In the unlikely case that we don’t, however, we clearly need to be building our family flock with everyone’s zombie-apocalypse-favorite chicken–the Silkie. I strongly recommend only roosters. Sure, you won’t be able to perpetuate the flock. But they are so cocky (pun intended), charging even a small child trying to collect eggs (ask me how I know), that they will offer a strong defense against dead/undead invaders. Also, the zombies might be so fooled by the Silkies combs, coming out over their beaks like purple brains, that they take the Silkies for food. By the time they realize Silkies are nothing but fluff, no brains, no meat, it will be too late. The zombies will starve. Problem solved!

Lisa Garrett March 9th, 2012

My son and I were laughing when we saw the title of this article! We were just talking about this yesterday! I told him my husband and I want to add more chickens to what we have and he said, “For the zombie apocolypse?” And I didn’t even hesitate when I replied, “Yes!” Actually we are wanting to be more self-sufficient when it comes to what we eat. Our Rhode Island red is a very hardy hen. She lays an egg every day and loves to get out and forage on the few acres that we have. It is fun to watch her scratch in the leaves and grass. We only have her and the rooster as last spring when we wanted to get started we bought 6 chicks and 5 of them were roosters! This is great info to have as we prepare to buy more this spring. Thank you!

Johnny-O March 9th, 2012

I’ve thought on this, sort of. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you cross male Rhode Island Red over Egyptian Fayomis you get in Bangladesh what they call “Sonali”. It means golden, but it is a cross that lays reliably, has a pattern and can survive pretty much on it’s own foraging wise. Bigger than a Fayomi, thriftier than the RIR and rugged so long as they get some of the cold heartiness from the RIR.

My two cents.

Corinne March 9th, 2012

We’re prepared…but the end can’t come before may 14th when we get our chicks…We just made our order from My Pet Chicken. Very Egg-citing!

Lou March 9th, 2012

First, I love the zombie approach. Makes for a fun read. ๐Ÿ™‚
Second, I’m new to the chickies and your site – super excited about both. Can’t wait to get my own in the coming weeks! Thanks for all your advice!

Cindy March 9th, 2012

since I am new at this and my babies are not quite 3 weeks yet …I don’t have much input except to say that my Barred Plymouth Rocks are sooo affectionate .. I have one that makes sure she is always the first to get to me when I put my hand down in the brooder to say hi . she pops up on my hand ..lets me raise her right out of the box …loves to be held . And when I put her back in she doesn’t want to get off ! I also have Buff Orpingtons …and they are great in the same way also . But after your article on Welsummers ..I will definitely put them on my list for when I want to get more !!

sharon March 9th, 2012

I have always been partial to the larger breeds bramas, orpiningtons, but I fell in love with the silver lace wyandottes. They are so sweet, have character, and are great with the kids. I think yard size and the character is very important.

Wendy S March 9th, 2012

I guess the zombies won’t go for chicken brains since they are so small!

Loren Joslin March 9th, 2012

I’m thinking my Barred Rock would blend right in, and any roaches that survive would be toast.

Cate March 9th, 2012

I’m getting my first batch of chicks this spring, its too bad I didn’t see this before we ordered lol. Welsummers and Speckled Sussex are on my list of future breeds to own at least, so I guess at some point we should be safe from Walkers. Unless they develop a taste for chicken brains.

Lauren March 9th, 2012

I love this! The CDC post was some of the best marketing they have done ๐Ÿ™‚ One or two Welsummers are on my list for the future when I add to the flock ๐Ÿ™‚

Erika Sirman March 9th, 2012

Love my Australorps. Such good layers.

Debra March 9th, 2012

Researching right now but thinking I’m going for the Arucanna.

beverly musgrave March 9th, 2012

so I better start cross breeding my girls to develope the perfect zombie tolerant chicken! lol. great article by the way.

I am on the tour also, so not entering the contest but I am happy to say that I have some Welsummer eggs incubating right now. My husband and I have talked tongue in cheek about Doomsday Preparedness – which basically amounts to me making a case for raising even MORE animals – goats and cows – to name a few, as well as keeping a few roosters around.

I guess my choice for the breed would be my Faverolles. They are pretty timid, but if they were the only flock we had left, they would do fine. They have camouflage feathers, are cold-hardy, good layers through the winter, not sure about the broody part but they would be my choice.

Barbara S March 9th, 2012

Loved this!!! I have one older RIR and some Easter Eggers. I would like to try a couple new breeds this spring and would love to read the Encyclopedia first!!!

Elizabeth G. March 9th, 2012

Thank you for the great tip! While zombie preparedness is not high on my list of priorities (who could see Night of the Living Dead and not have zombie preparedness at least somewhere on the list,) adding a new breed to my current flock of nine mixed breeds is. Considering that the wearing of boots is a 6+ month fashion necessity in western Oregon, adding a few “Wellies” this spring seems fitting!

Trina March 9th, 2012

I’m glad to hear Welsummers are so recommended since I was already thinking they were the breed for me! I would love to win the book.

Roxanne March 9th, 2012

This was awesome! My chicks are on their way and I don’t intend to feed them to the walkers in the barn!

Laura March 9th, 2012

thanks for the advice AND entertainment!
Wyandottes by far. Smart and clever, they would outsmart any zombie that made it across the Cape Cod Canal to reach us here out on the sandbar ๐Ÿ™‚ The smartest in our group of Golden Lace reminds me of Ginger in Chicken Run. Our chickens are definitely “organized” as Mr. Tweedy claims. They would find a way to evade a zombie mob for sure.
Thanks for participating in this blog tour. It is a super idea! Hope it becomes an annual event.

Jamie March 9th, 2012

My boyfriend asked me the other day, would you steal a chicken to keep your family alive in a major disaster? I said no I would steal the eggs and raise my own chickens! I got an assortment of chicks a while back and my favorites were the buff orpingtons, they were independent but sweet birds that were good layers.
I’ve been watching walking dead and it is always keeping me on my toes for if that were to actually happen! Chickens would be very helpful!!

Ellen March 9th, 2012

OMHO our little brown single comb leghorn would be the zombie apocolypse chicken of choice. Not only does she exemplify all the traits listed in the blog article, she is virtually invisible- looking like a little hawk when in flight and blending in completely on the ground; she sounds a warning whenever someone is out back- and keeps it up until the “threat” is past; and she is a tirelessly protective mother to her chicks. Mcmurray hatchery lists the brown leghorn as one of the best breeds for rustling for themselves and I would agree!

Kelly Cassel March 9th, 2012

Love this blog. While waiting for the Zombie Apocalypse, some of my girls are preparing by fighting the Stinkbug Invasion!

Janetta Dobler March 9th, 2012

I have 21+ different breeds, including Welsummers. Love their dark brown eggs and their hawk-like face! I find them to be very inquisitive and always checking out what the others are up to. I love all my chickens! I learn something new about them every day!!!

Sandy March 9th, 2012

Thank you so much for your advice!! I’m getting ready to start raising chickens and I was wondering which breed I should get. I’d love to win the Chicken Encyclopedia!!

Katie March 9th, 2012

I would love to win The Chicken Encyclopedia book! I love to read and I love chickens!!!

We have Tetra Tints, Red Stars, Road Island Reds, and Speckled Sussex! My favorite breed that we own is the Speckled Sussex. They are so sweet : ). I would also love to own Easter Eggers and Turkens.

What is the best breed to get if we have a Zombie Apocalypse???

Vickie Arestegui March 9th, 2012

I would love to add some Wellies to my flock and now that I know they can survive a Zombie Invasion…that is just the reason to add them!! Now, I just wonder if they will teach my Jersey Giant hen that she should not sing so loudly before bedtime…don’t want to tip off Zombies to their nest!

Laurie Reed March 9th, 2012

Thanks for this post, we have five acres and are just getting started on our little homestead. We are wanting to start with chickens but my mother says the outdoor cats will attack them and kill them, what are your thoughts on this? I would hate to get rid of my cats, they have proven to be invaluable when it comes to killing the snakes out here, but if I have to will.

Lissa March 9th, 2012

Cats aren’t usually a problem for adult chickens, although they will attack small chicks! You can read more here about house cats and chickens in our Chicken help pages.

Chad March 9th, 2012

Kellog’s would be proud of your selection.

Eileen Theresa Lindsey March 9th, 2012

I have one she is very sweet! She not played any eggs yet,can’t wait to see her do brown eggs!:-)

Lucy March 9th, 2012

I’d take my Norwegian Jaerhons any day. They are the perfect combination of unflappable (yes, in a chicken!) and egg machine.

polloplayer March 9th, 2012

All the worrying I do on a daily basis, and the impending zombie apocalypse never occurred to me. Thanks for the upcoming sleepless night. Are Welsummers friendly?

Aisha March 9th, 2012

I would keep my two pet guinea fowls. They are the best and they both have an “attack mode” which i could switch them on too.

Sara Nichols March 9th, 2012

I just got a welsummer! (;

Shelley O March 9th, 2012

I am going to have to add some Welsummers to my flock! Thank you for an informative and funny article! I think having a mixed flock would be best, I’m just wondering if the chickens would catch the zombie virus???

Rhianon March 9th, 2012

Ha! Love this post, especially since the hubby and I have been on a zombie movie kick lately. Also, I think I need to add a welsummer to my flock soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Virginia March 9th, 2012

I never considered if a chicken was cold or heat tolerant. We have had barred rocks, rhode island reds, and a gold sex link. Didn’t like the barred rocks because it seemed they feathered picked the others. The rhode island reds became friendlier than the barreds. So from our experience so far, the rhode islands would be our pick. But, I am going to look into what chicken would be the best for south mississippi. So, I could really use that encyclopedia. Thank you for the wonderful information.

Beth Nehring March 9th, 2012

My only experience has been with a mixed flock of Americaunas, Light Brahmas, and Australorps. One of each survived an actual coyote apocalypse. They’re all still laying, and all do quite a decent job of foraging during the rare opportunities they have for free-ranging outside of their tractor (only under close supervision, due to aforementioned coyote apocalypse). I’d pick the Americaunas and the Australorps as more likely to be zombie survivors; the Brahma, while a lovely and loved bird, is too docile and submissive for that particular application.

Shelly March 9th, 2012

Can I say, “I don’t know yet”? I am just getting started and am trying to narrow down my list of possibilities. I am so thankful for any advice I can get. Thanks for the article!

Jami Anderson March 9th, 2012

I love the post! As I do believe that zombies will soon be here I am always glad to here and learn about new techniques to fight the coming doom ๐Ÿ™‚ I like my sex-link golden comets up here in Alaska – they are a good all around bird and very loving to boot! Thanks for the post!

amy turner March 9th, 2012

I used your chicken breed selector to help with our decision on wqs an aweaome tool!

Jeanne March 9th, 2012

I’m getting m first ever chicks from MPC in May and I’m SOOO excited! I picked Buff Orpington, Australorp and Easter Egger – hoping I picked well! We’ll see!

Rosemary L March 9th, 2012

I would love to win this book as I am in the process of adding chickens to my yard. I love the neighbors hens that currently forage in my yard and come to my calls for bread and crackers. They make me think of a much happier time in my life and they never cease to put a smile on my face

Deb Frazier March 9th, 2012

Awesome article! I have wanted to try a welsummer hen, but have been unable to find one. I should look for one prior to 12/21/2012….
Although I have to agree with Justin, the Ameracaunas do kick butt!

Alana March 9th, 2012

This is a very timely and interesting article. I have been researching the types of chickens we would like and Welsummers are on my list. Now I have to get one ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks!

TAMMY March 9th, 2012

My husband like black Australorps but I find the roosters too mean which might help fight off zoombies. I love the buff Orphingtons they seem to be a little more layed back.

Nancy March 9th, 2012

I am new to the chicken raising arena and have to admit I had no idea there were so many types of chickens! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your article has me favoring the zombie ready welsummers….. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jennifer March 9th, 2012

Looks like maybe Welsummer. I need them to be very heat tolerant here in Texas.

Lynn Sheckler March 9th, 2012

Thank you so much for the advice on what chickens will help me survive the forthcoming “zombie apocolypse”. My flock consists of Whie Leghorns, RIR, Ameracauns, Welsummers, Dominque and Wyandotte. I love my girls and they are all friendly (with me). Occasionally there si a tiff in the hen house but for the most part they are all very well behaved. I let a dew out at the time and one of my RIR has taken to always being on the roam. We find eggs everywhere! My chickens give me so much pleasure and the eggs I co;;ect, well that is an added bonus! Intend to order your book very soon! Thanks.

Heidi March 9th, 2012

We would be ready and waiting for those zombies thanks to our chickens. Henrietta is our nervous girlie. She would sense the danger and start in with her panic filled “impending danger” call to warn us! Winnie is the smart one! She would figure out an escape route! Annie would forage for our food because she is the busiest forager. And Peachy would feed us with her torpedo shaped gigantic eggs every day. Our girls also have hats and sweaters that they can wear as disguises to through off those horrible zombies! Our girls light up our lives everyday and will surely continue to do so while we evade the zombie Apocalypse! They are a mix of white rock and RI reds. As friendly as they are spoiled. We are ready for you zombies……..

DOROTHY MALM March 9th, 2012

My neighbor had too many chickens and he let me select six of them. I picked a nice variety to add to my flock and I thought one of them was a Brown Leghorn. Was I happy to find out she was a Welsummer! She is amazing. Beautiful face, pretty feathers on body, healthy as all get out and perfect for our varied weather here on Long Island. The Dutch created a great breed.

Deb S March 9th, 2012

Both of my daughters have been in 4-H for many years and I think we have raised about every kind of chicken there is. I am going to be looking into this one. Thanks

Jerry March 9th, 2012

Very interesting. Never knew there were so many chicken fans out there

Suzanne Ruckman March 9th, 2012

We are new to raising backyard chickens, and would love to have the encyclopedia for reference. Thanks for the heads up on the zombies!

Momma Sue March 9th, 2012

Best mommas I’ve had are Dominiques. They lay a medium brown egg, are medium size, survive on very little and have a pleasant personality. They do everything you need and are nice about it!

Susan C March 9th, 2012

I love Wellsummer’s but for me here in the Pacific Northwest I would opt for Orpingtons. They aren’t as light sensitive in the dark of winter, lay better than the Wellies and most of mine have at one time or another gone broody. Last year I let one lady raise some chicks and she was an awesome mom. You can see her on my blog, They lay great eggs and seem to be good foragers and because of the color they are good meat birds too. Problem being they are so sweet you may have a tough time dispatching them. I personally have the buffs but I have been looking at some lavender Orpingtons and maybe some white.

Jana Seiders March 9th, 2012

Hmmm….my favorite breed, yesterday was my Silver Laced Wyandottes, today was my Buff Orpingtons and tomorrow I’m sure will be my Plymouth Rocks!

Laura Young March 9th, 2012

Given our current flock I would pick the speckled sussex to get through the zombie apocolypse, but I have only limeded knowlege of chickens and zombies so perhaps it isn’t the best choice ๐Ÿ™‚

Laura Hopkins March 9th, 2012

Love the article! My pick would be the Speckled Sussex. The one I have is the best forager, and when she stands still, I often don’t notice her until I am right up on her, she blends in so well in the yard. I have a Welsummer, but she is small & timid, at the bottom of the pecking order. Doesn’t seem the best for the ZA!

Jill Nargan March 9th, 2012

Beware! Welsummers are homewreckers! Our “Cinamon Girl” stole my husband’s heart. And it’s hard to compete with a lady who can produce a man’s favorite breakfast.

Amy Peare March 9th, 2012

I think a mixed flock with different useful characteristics would be the best bet for the coming Zombie apocalypse. Aracaunas tend to have awesome camoflage, and the green/blue eggs could make foraging fellow humans who didn’t plan go away, because who wants to eat green/blue eggs? Maybe they are from zombie chickens? Bantams are good at flying away from danger, are feisty, and good setters and self foragers, so you could keep them to hatch out your higher producing breeds that don’t go broody.
There’s a lot to think about, certainly.

brook whitlock March 9th, 2012

Love the article. I am glad to have yet ANOTHER reason to love having our chickens. My husband and I recently adopted four hens which are Penedesca/Welsummer/Maran mix. They are beautiful and have proven to be excellent foragers. Only one is laying regularly at this point, not sure if the others are molting or inactive due to age. We also have a Java rooster named “Cowboy” . Love the Java as a breed and hoping to get some hens soon. This is a hearty heritage breed with fabulous friendly temperament but self sufficient as well! I think we’ll do just fine with our menagerie during the Zombie Apocalypse ๐Ÿ™‚

Kathy March 9th, 2012

After having no chicks with our current batches of hens we thought we would get Buff Orpingtons for both their meat and eggs.

Kat March 9th, 2012

I didn’t even know there was a Zombie Apocolypse coming!!! Now I finally have the perfect excuse, I mean reason, for my propensity to “collect” farm animals! I’ve had Buff Orpingtons which I loved, now have Austrolorps, which are nice. The rooster was absolutley gorgeous but he turned very territorital (and everywhere was his territory). I was trying to teach him to respect humans (or at least not attack them) but before there was much success he attacked a big dog on a leash. He continued after the owner and the dog as they ran but the poor dog finally squashed him in self defense. I think I was the only person who mourned. Has there ever been a rooster that can free range and coexist with people?
Your article spurs me to try wellsummer hens! thanks for the laughs. I’d love to win your book!

Bobbie Kramer March 9th, 2012

After the Massacre (the neighbor’s dog) we added a Wellsummer pullet, Tulip, to our remaining flock. She is pretty and really friendly, and got going laying weeks before the RIRs were in business. Tulip is definately a keeper, and I definitely recommend the Wellsummer. The brown spotted eggs are lovely, too. However Tulip’s in second place to Lorraine, our Americauna, who is way more productive. Big blue eggs almost every day, even in the winter!

Jennifer Newell March 9th, 2012

Hahaha i love survival and preparedness stuff but this is probably my favorite article on the topic! I want to get chickens again when I’m done with college and can get a place with a yard. Hahaha its good to know what to take into account when choosing a breed ๐Ÿ˜›

Karen Hopkins March 9th, 2012

Just finished stocking the back yard with 15 lady Welsummers and 2 their two young gentlemen. We have watched several hawks fly around our house, so in the interest of protecting our brood from hawks and other potential chicken thievery, as well as from the prying eyes of Zombies, we have installed a camouflaged cover over the entire yard. Our neighbors are now convinced that we are off the grid preppers with a cellar full of canned meat and canned heat. We’ve also noticed that the number of visitors to our home has dramatically declined. Because we’re fun loving people, we decided to have some fun at the expense of the nosy neighbors. We’ve tin foiled every window at the front of the house and have taped “NO TRESPASSING” signs on them and the front door. We had an old boat antenna (my husband is a commercial fisherman), that we duck taped to the side of the house and added a pennant flag to the top of it that reads, “SOS”. When we roll the garage door down, I have a sign taped across it that reads, “DANGER: EXPLOSIVES”. The cops have only come to check out the property twice this week as compared to 5 times last week. All in all, reading this article has changed our lives in a positive way! We’re heading to a gun and knife show next week because those damned zombies won’t shoot themselves!

Renata March 9th, 2012

I have a Speckled Sussex and he’s currently my favorite of our flock. She’s the best combination of smart, sweet and pretty. I’m hoping to add a Welsummer and Silver Laced Wyandotte soon too.

Cassie W. March 9th, 2012

Laurie, I have three farm cats and they do not mess with the chickens. As a matter of fact, they don’t want anything to do with our chickens because the chickens are bigger and meaner! Kittens will chase them for fun, but mine learned very quickly to leave the chickens alone.

I have never had Wellies and will have to try them. I have had Rhode Island Reds, Delewares, and Buff Orpingtons. They all forage decently, though the buffs seem to be the best at it, fill out better than the others, continued to lay eggs in cold weather when the others had stopped, and do have a tendency to go broody. Their eggs also come out clean whereas my RIRs are more apt to lay slimy poo coated eggs. If you can’t get your hands on Wellies, I highly recommend Buff Orpingtons.

Carrie Smith March 9th, 2012

So glad I stumbled across your blog! I’m still researching everything chicken related. I cannot wait to start raising them in my backyard. The book would certainly come in handy for a newbie like me! I have been wondering what breed would do best in Missouri, with our hot humid summers and cold winters. Sounds like the Welsummer is a winner I’ll have to try.

lisa elizarraras March 9th, 2012

this was a hilarious post!!
this is one breed I have yet to try, and now I
am curious-
would love the book!

Kira March 9th, 2012

I’m going with the Lakenvelder (silver)! Mine lays large eggs about five days a week, is a great forager, doesn’t consume much feed, moves quicky, can fly quite high, and is quite chatty. The standout black/white pattern might be a negative, and I’m not sure it’s good to be chatty around zombies … but I’ll still choose them as my best apocalyptic bet.

Marla Dorsett March 9th, 2012

I guess it’s a good thing that I already had Welsummers on my to order list. Don’t think it’ll make much difference in my lifetime for the Zombie Apocolypse, but I want to make sure I leave something for my grandchildren.

Megan March 9th, 2012

I don’t pretend to know much about chickens, which is why I would love to own the Chicken Encyclopedia! So, after long and agonizing thought, I would pick Speckled Sussex.

Delynn March 9th, 2012

My chicks will definitely be protected in case of Zombies. What a great post and a chance to win a great book to boot? My pet chicken rocks!

Barb H March 9th, 2012

Araucana and Australorp’s have been wonderful foragers for us as have Orpingtons. They are easy keepers and friendly too. When the Zombie Apocalypse happens, I will want more than a single breed and along with the three above I must have a few Bantams to do the hatching. They will sit eggs like their lives depend on it. We have had them hatch big girls for us and dont mind at all that the chicks are bigger than them in just a few weeks. The best for us has been a little Silkie but the Black Japanese and Sebright are almost as determined.
It is important to have an army to fight the zombies, and our chicken army will have a small variety with each having its battle specialties. We are prepared!

Jill Bruss March 9th, 2012

I’m a new chicken owner…or better yet…they own me !! Our 21 are now 10 months old and laying almost every day. We’ve got New Hampshires, Easter Eggers and Golden Comets. Alas, all my lovely hens are too docile to take on the zombie apocalypse The only thing that gets them riled up is a shortage of treats !
Love my chickens !!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Angelina March 9th, 2012

I loved the article!! I have a small flock, only 8 hens. I have Easter Eggers, Red Island Reds and a very large white one that lays large brown eggs. They do wonderful! I got 24 eggs this week! I had never heard of the Welies, maybe I will add one or two just in case! =)

Kimmie Sanders March 9th, 2012

My favorites have been the gold stars as far as laying goes but this is only my second year of chicken keeping.

Debbie Sams March 9th, 2012

Wow! I had no idea what kind of chickens I have or that my chickens could prepare me for a Zombie invasion. My Chickens are welsumer’s and i am prepared for a Zombie invasion… I think… Thanks for enlightening me!

Kelly March 9th, 2012

Great article! I’ll add Welsummers to my future chick list. ๐Ÿ˜€

Lisa Meaux March 9th, 2012

I don’t have Welsummers, but I’m banking on my Partridge Plymouth Rock, Artemis, to pull me through the Zombie Apocalypse. Artemis (goddess of the hunt) totally lives up to her name. She can find the tiniest grubs and bugs, and she pecks them right out of the ground before you can say “Living Dead!” She hasn’t begun to lay yet, but I’m anticipating a steady supply of nice big brown eggs from her. Not only is she highly self-sufficient and potentially productive, she’s also incredibly beautiful. So when the apocalypse comes and the world has been reduced to chaos and ruin, I will be inspired by this lovely little chicken, to write poetry and dine on soft-boiled eggs.

Don March 9th, 2012

as far as I’m concerned the best Zombie Apocolypse bird is a flock of banty chickens. I had one of my hens that was torn open across the breast by a coon and not only lived to tell the tale, she would attack the dogs. when we were treating her injuries the dogs had to have a close look, she would give a couple of warning clucks and then grab the closest nose she could reach.

PATTIE FERRELL March 9th, 2012

Haha! Gives you something to think about, huh? The more breeds I discover, the more I love ’em!

Michele Simmons March 9th, 2012

I would vote for easter eggers.

Grace March 9th, 2012

I vote for Silver Laced Sebrights as best Zombie Apocalypse bird. They are so tiny that they can fly out of harm’s way quite easily. Also, they lay hard-shelled perfect eggs consistently and can survive well on non layer food. They don’t need as much food as other breeds, due to their small size, and they are excellent foragers and can get in spots to forage where larger birds can’t.

wynkynnod March 9th, 2012

The whole reason I have chickens is to be prepared for the Zombie Apocolypse! And my Plymouth Rocks are so mean, they could take down a zombie, no problem.

Terry March 9th, 2012

The best Zombie Apocalypse breed I’ve encountered is the EE. They can eat almost any plant without any apparent crop issues, and they are nonpicky and great eaters of dried seedpods and flower heads. I’ve even seen my EE roo eat pine and fir needles with relish, with no ill consequences.

Wendy Blair March 9th, 2012

My polish rooster has been trained to kill zombies, or maybe just to attack my legs. At any rate, he is our first line of defense against a zombie attack.

Marsha Elliott March 9th, 2012

I love my red stars. They lay every day and the eggs are large and deliscious.

Janet Gonzalez March 9th, 2012

I am new to raising chickens and dont know much about raising chickens, the book would be awesome.

Martha Waugh March 9th, 2012

This blog was so entertaining and informative. Thank you. I did tons of research before starting my little flock. I wanted good egg production, a colorful egg basket and somewhat docile breeds. I’m a chicken outlaw and have to keep my flock on the down low. My neighbors don’t need to hear every egg announcement. I finally chose Ameraucanas, Barred Rock, Australorps and Wyandottes. I’m thinking of adding more to the flock. The chicken encyclopedia would really come in handy.

I have a bantam Welsummer and am here to tell you that she is the single most noisy chicken I have ever had. Speaking with other Welsummer keepers, I know this is not a trait exclusive to my Irene (we adopted her during Hurricane Irene of 2011).

I think I’m goin to have to pass on the Welsummer to accompany me into ZombieLand, at that point I’m sure I’d just want a little peace and quiet!

Fun review.

I LOVE the book and can’t wait to share my review on St. Patrick’s Day on the Storey Blog Tour!

(obviously don’t include this as an entry for the giveaway) โ˜บ

Jesse March 9th, 2012

Buff Orpingtons have all the right qualities. Sometimes a little broody, fierce, foragy, heat tolerant, and as as long as it is fall, good color camo. Barred Rocks are too delicate, maybe my lace wyandorte?

Anyway, I have had chickens for 12 years. They have a palace in my yard. I also have a bunny, just for the fertilizer. I am ready for the zombie Apocalypse.

Beverly March 9th, 2012

Thanks for the info ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I have 1 more reason to add to the “why” I need Wellies. Thanks for the chance to win.

Pam March 9th, 2012

I guess I’ve got the only cold-tolerant Fayoumi on the planet? She’s spent the entire winter running around in the barn with the cows and roosting by herself because she won’t stay in the coop. She survived a 5 week cold snap that was -20 F and below, in better shape than the chickens that were huddled together in the coop. She’s the only chicken that’s laying too! I’d love to have more Fayoumi’s for my Alaskan farm.

Donna March 9th, 2012

I noticed after commenting on Facebook that the comment must be on the blog. Interesting blog. Looking forward to getting my first chicks from you in April.

karla from colorado March 10th, 2012

I haven’t had time to read all the comments but I wonder how the Welsummer works for meat. Anyone know? (or do we not talk about that in this forum? ๐Ÿ˜€ — so sorry, if you don’t keep them for meat and this question is really offensive and insensitive…)

Mike Bessette March 10th, 2012

My vote would have to be the Buff Orpington my favorite !

Dana March 10th, 2012

Love, love, love my salmon faverolles. Friendly little ladies you won’t have to chase around in the event you have to grab them and run, and with their sweet disposition, you won’t mind being locked in a closet with them for a few days while the zombies ransack your house.

And while they may have only moderate egg laying ability, they do produce a pretty good sized, tender breast for when their laying days are done or you’ve run out of feed and need to feed yourself on something more substantial than an egg.

Marianne Holtz March 10th, 2012

I love Red Stars too! They have great personalities and are simply beautiful. Chickens are fabulous! Love Wendy’s comment about her rooster being trained to defend against zombies. Drooling over the idea of the Chicken Encyclopedia. I want to add this book to my library.

Nancy Rhodes March 10th, 2012

We have 3 Easter Eggers and 3 Black Australorps, wonderful pets, love to watch them, more entertaining than TV, they do very well foraging, we have lots of mulch in their fenced in area and they find lots of bugs. This is the first year we have had chickens in about 30 some years, we are having a good time with them.

Nicole Aman March 10th, 2012

I love more and more every time I get to visit. I am still waiting for my first flock, and oh so ancy. As for the Zombie Apocolypse I strongly reccomend a variety of birds- after all we learn by trial and error! I also say the more the merrier! After the zombies roll through only the right birds should be left- a little evolution and a lot of Gods will.

GeaMuhammad March 10th, 2012

I am a first time “urban chicken” raiser…I wanted to improve my diet by starting a garden and having fresh eggs..I love pets.. I have had finches before that laid eggs quite often but nothing happened…I did minimal research when I bought my first 2 RIR..I just told the store I would like brown egg layers…when I got my girls home..I was so excited..that’s when I did all my research and came across MPC…They have helped me choose my last 3..2 silkies and 1 Polish..I have a flock of 5 that are happy and healthy…I’ve only been raising chickens for 3 weeks and I’m so thankful for the MPC has a wealth of information..I would love a chicken encyclopedia…for a conversation piece…I’m trying to recruit all my friends to raise chickens with me…

laura Rodriguez March 10th, 2012

I didnt even think of them originally. Kudos to u!

Becky March 10th, 2012

good to know!!!! (and good for a smile, too)

lisa March 10th, 2012

I thinnk that Bucketed would do well. They are good foragers and very decent layers. They are also a little broody. I have had mine for about 4 years and really like them.

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Julia March 10th, 2012

I don’t have chickens, but my daughter just moved to 36 acres and they are planning to have some. The Welsummers look very pretty, I’d never heard of them. This book would make a wonderful gift.

Amberthyme March 10th, 2012

I think a flock of Old English & Dutch bantams with a couple of Silkie broodies. The eggs will be small but plentiful and be able to fly up into the trees beyond Zombie reach!

Solducky March 10th, 2012

I have no idea, but your post cracked me up!
soluckyducky at gmail dot com

KindraEvans March 10th, 2012

This spring will be my first time raising chickens. I have 11 babes coming in May. I chose a variety of breeds to give them a try and have a colorful hen house. I’m delighted the Welsummer was one of the breeds I chose! Hopefully some of the other breeds I went with will endure the zombie era just as well:)

Lori Campbell March 10th, 2012

Unfortunately, one of my favorites, Brahmas, are not well suited for the Zombie Apocalypse. I will have to send my hubby out to protect the birds! Do zombies like ‘bird brains’ or just human? ๐Ÿ™‚ I am planning on trying multiple birds this year so I will be well positioned for the apocalypse. Some will have to make it…Previously we had mostly Dominiques, which I think honestly would fair well against zombies. Someone should make an I-Pad app for it. Zombies vs. Chickens.

Fritz Kindberg March 10th, 2012

We bought our first chicks today. We got 3 black sex link pullets, exemplary layers, docile, and easy to raise.
They are now residing in our shed, perfectly content. They will be as much pets, as productive layers.
I used to have a small acreage, and raised about a hundred chickens a year. Most ended up in the freezer, but we maintained several for egg laying. At that time, I raised Rhode Island Reds, Barred Plymouth Rocks and Cornish Cross varieties.
Those were mainly for a family trying to be as self sufficient as possible. The new birds will be as much pets as giving us more than enough eggs to share with neighbors. I’m so glad that the backyard chicken movement has come so far. Get some chicks and enjoy!

Amber March 10th, 2012

Those look awesome! I wonder if my pheasant hunting dogs would think they look too much like a pheasant…that makes me nervous, even though i PLAN to keep safe.

Heather March 10th, 2012

Boyfriend and I got a kick out of this!! Some great info in here too!

Katieskar March 10th, 2012

Thank you for the info! I have a couple Isa Browns and they do pretty good at everything but they are not broody!

Henrietta March 10th, 2012

Oh my goodness! I never even thought about how my chickies will survive when the Zombies come!! I’ve never had Welsummers so cannot vouch for how apocalypse-hardy they will be. I do however think that Rhode Island Reds might be a good choice as well, they are similar in color to the Welsummer you have pictured here, wonderful foragers and have on occasion gone broody for me. Mine have always been prolific layers of medium to large rosy brown eggs and extremely friendly / curious birds!

Good grief, this gives me one more thing to worry about!

Elizabeth Pettit March 10th, 2012

Awesome! I will add this to my exlax plan.

fiona Loper March 10th, 2012

im hoping that the amount of time and training i have put into my flock of killer geese, will pay off during the zombie apocolypse.because the geese love floowing the chickens around, and warn them of predators etc. the gander even drove off a possum one night……. which was good training for the zombie apocolypse, because we shot the possum. and be darned if it didnt rise from the dead and run off.right as i was getting ready to bury it.

Larissa March 10th, 2012

Once in a while a hawk will swoop into our yard and our girls go on attack mode and scare it away, so I don’t think there’d be a problem with them defending against any zombies,lol. My all time fave breed has to be speckled sussex! ours is such a nosy-body, and comes knocking on the back door if we’re running late bringing out the food!! she’s pushy but the most loveable ๐Ÿ™‚

Linda S-G March 10th, 2012

Oh my, you didn’t address the ones that are alien proof! I don’t want no stinkin alien eatin my chickens!! I guess I will have to search for kryptonite to feed my Orpington chicks .. they can fight off the zombies.. lol
I will stick with my Cute story, Thanks!

Naomi March 10th, 2012

Sold me on the Welsummer… I actually dont get my first chicks, ever till May and am very very excited.. A Welsummer is not one of them and a friend of mine Told me after I ordered my chicks I should have got a Wesummer..hummm well you know what they say about Chicken Math .. Gotta order more chicks I guess ๐Ÿ™‚

Parrish Worrell March 10th, 2012

I just got started last spring. I love my ladies. They hear my wheelchair and coming running to greet me. I am fond of my Buffs and Barred Plymouth Rocks.

Ken March 10th, 2012

Welsummers are at the top of my list of breeds to add this year.
As for 8 breeds I already have, I’d have to say my Wyandottes are the only ones who’ve ever gone broody, making them essential in the ZA.
Great article!

Susan Troyanek March 10th, 2012

I like Buff Orpingtons. They are smart, great foragers, gentle and friendly, and they not only go broody occasionally, they are great mothers!

Bryn Shipe March 10th, 2012

Welsummers sound like a breed we might need to try here in Ohio. We did raise 5 Buckeyes from chicks last year. Unfortunately, 4 out of 5 were roosters so we only ended up with 1 little red hen ๐Ÿ™ Our current Buckeye rooster is also MEAN!

Margie March 10th, 2012

They’re pretty too! It’d be nice to have something pretty to look at in the midst of a zombie apocalypse!

tree March 10th, 2012

My Welsummer rooster is the best I’ve ever had in my flock. He even takes on the male guineas when they get in their bullying moods! My Partridge Rock hens are super foragers & very hardy.

April Poulter March 10th, 2012

I am new to chickens this year and found this article to be fun and informative. So far of the chicks we have my favorites are our Barred Rock and Easter Egger. I would love to get a Welsummer Rooster in the future.

Audrey March 10th, 2012

Buff Orpington, Wyandotte, Maran or Ameraucana – I can’t decide -I love all my girlies ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sheryle March 10th, 2012

I have had purebreds and mixed. I found the mixed breed chickens did the best. I guess just having chickens in case something would happen would be an advantage no matter what breed they might be.

lisa brawner March 10th, 2012

This is a great article. I will be gettnig my first chcikens in 2 weeks so i really would not know the kind I would need for the zombie takeover ๐Ÿ™‚ I still have alot of learning to do as i go along. I am going to a swap meet at a local stockyard and hoping to find some chicks there …and talk to alot of folks with advice to share..i hope !
I love your blog !

Lily Plasse March 10th, 2012

Dominique chickens are perfect for the impending Zombie Apocalypse! They are excellent foragers, nice egglayers, great moms and their coloring helps them camouflage well enough that the wandering zombie hoards would walk right by them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Teena March 10th, 2012

Great info! I will keep the Welsummer on my list for the next purchase of chicks. I just bought some Wyandottes, and Buff Orpington’s. But it sounds like the Welsummer might fit in with the rest of my flock. I would love to have the encyclopedia, I have had chickens for just 3 years, and still have lots of questions and things to learn! Love your blog, and the website!

Rachel Salinardi March 10th, 2012

I would love to get Welsummer, but am getting Austrolorps and Rhode Island Reds. Hope I win!

Heather Harris March 10th, 2012

My Barred Plymouth Rock is an awsome bird. She was the first to do everyting from flying to eating out of my hand and getting up on my shoulder. She is a very brave soul and thus earnd her the name Brave Heart. she is friendly and sweet, I recommend her to anyone looking for a wonderful pet and friend.

Jamie March 10th, 2012

My BFF just got 2 Welsummer chicks. Wait ’til she hears she’s all set to survive the zombies! My favorite chicken so has been a tie between the Cukoo Maran and the Americauna. Both are average layers but have the most fun personalities.

Soly March 10th, 2012

I have 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks and they are the sweetest! They’re gentle and what personalities!! I love chicken books and magazines…this one would be a wonderful addition! Love your blog! I’ve learned so much!

Karen Doll March 10th, 2012

I would love to have a Welsummer, especially if there is to be a Zombie Apocalypse !
I love the Delaware chicken and had one,Cordelia, in my very first batch 2 years ago, but unfortunately she died last summer. She was my very favorite ! I would love to raise Delawares as they are endangered.
I have a small backyard flock and would love to win The Chicken Encyclopedia !
Thanks for the opportunity !

Tara Maki March 10th, 2012

A lot of great info for anyone shopping for chickens… especially the doomsday prepper! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

Alicia March 10th, 2012

My first bunch of chickens just started laying a few months ago…..not really sure which would be the best to pick….the dominiques seem to be the best layers I have, followed by the australope.

Spencer March 10th, 2012

I really like Welsummers. One of my favorites is my new BarnVelders!!!! Pick me for the dictionary please!

MrsWheeler March 10th, 2012

The Buff Orpingtons have been my favorite thus far. We have a RIR Roo so we have mixed breeds now. They are great layers! We’re thinking of branching out though. ๐Ÿ™‚

Angelia Strong March 10th, 2012

When we first decided to have hens we stopped by a family owned feed and grain store, we found out the owners have raised chickens for over 30 yrs, so we asked him out of his chicks he is selling which ones are the best for us.
So we came home with 2 of each, Australorp, Buff Orpington and Speckled Sussex, then we later added 2 Easter Eggers and 2 Silver-Laced Wyandotte, then added a pair of silkie bantams.
I am happy with our little flock, love our speckled sussex girls, the australorps blend well during summer days but stick out, lol, against the snow =)
I would love to add some Welsummer’s to our flock this year =)

Enjoyed your post!!

Janetta Dobler March 10th, 2012

I love all my chickens, but thinking that 21+ breeds is too much. Maybe I should narrow it down to 10 breeds or so. Wellies were one of the ones that I plan to keep!

Aub March 10th, 2012

Sweet!! I have and order of chicks coming in 2 weeks and I ordered some Welsummers. I’m so glad I’ll be ready for the zombies!!

Jess March 10th, 2012

Hah! This is too funny! Our Wellie, Donna, will be very happy the hear this news! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mark March 10th, 2012

In 1964 I saw a chicken playing tic-tac-toe. You would think by now that one could have learned to use a MAC-10.

Charlene K. Buvel March 10th, 2012

I’m fairly certain my silkies will not make it through the Zombie Apocolypse!! Terrible foragers due to all those foot feathers, and broody to a fault. Ohh well, I love them anyway!!

Carrie March 10th, 2012

. I have a few easter eggers coming, we are looking forward to their arrival

Donna Peterson March 10th, 2012

became chicken crazy 2 years ago, much to the dismay to my husband (and he wanted a few egg and meat chicks first!) I would love to start a business to sell eggs and also to have an assortment of hens for personal use. I have easter eggers, leghorns and buff orpingtons at this time and want more!

Missy March 10th, 2012

A Welsummer sounds perfect! I never even considered how chickens could be an important addition in case of an emergency. Loved the article! We have 3 baby chicks right now; a Brahma, a Cochin, and an Easter Egger. So excited to watch them grow!

Courtney Brown March 10th, 2012

Well, I would have to cast my vote for Australorps, ours are egg laying champions and great at foraging.

Michele Shanklin March 10th, 2012

I think my Golden Laced Wyandottes might be a good breed to have on hand for the zombie apocolypse. Their coloring is good camoflauge, they are EXCELLENT egg layers, and can go broody. I may have to invest in some Welsumers now though too :). We would love to win a copy of the encyclopedia!

Ann Hahn March 10th, 2012

Love this!

Pamela Wagner March 10th, 2012

I loved the article and would love to win the book. My favorite chickens are the Japanese. They might have very short legs but they could out-run a zombie any day!

Barb lathrop March 10th, 2012

After 20 some years of having chickens and all the ups and downs, good & ugly, the chickens I would choose would be black stars and comets for their excellent continuous laying of large eggs, enthusiastic foraging, friendliness and hardiness. These girls moult maybe once every 2 years,.,. For mothering their chicks, I would choose favorelles, fluffy and attentive, but they themselves are kinda small egg layers and a bit wary. I’ll keep a couple to be the moms. A rooster or 2 might help with warning of ” danger” ( predators) but in my experience, no chicken is any match if a predator is set on having chicken.

karen March 10th, 2012

For me, I’d have to have Rhode Island Reds when the Zombie Apocalypse happens. They’re my favorite chicken.

Ellen Azotea March 10th, 2012

Oooh! Welsummers are pretty hens! I have been very happy with my Golden Buffs, which is (I am guessing) the name our local hatchery gives their red sex-link pullets—maybe they’re a cross of Gold Comet and Buff Orpington? They are cold hardy, good foragers and excellent layers. Their eggs easily fill the Extra Large size egg cartons from the grocery store. Just adopted a half-blind Easter egger that is slowly being intoduced into our flock of 2!

jess s March 10th, 2012

I have been pining for a welsummer for a couple of years and this blog post did nothing to help my longing! They are so cute! Someday we will add one to our flock…

I think, though, a mixed flock would be ideal for a post-apocalypse time. You could have the active good foragers, like leghorns, to keep you in eggs, but keep around some orpingtons and other broody types around to raise the next generation. Everyone’s good at different things, and what better time to use differences as strengths than after the apocalypse?

John Kipfmiller March 10th, 2012

My wife and I are very new to raising chickens, in fact we just ordered our first clutch of chicks due the second week in May! After reading I am glad to announce we will be zombie ready as in our order none the less a couple of Wellies! woo hoo!

Natalie Bishop March 10th, 2012

Max Brooks needs to write a bonus chapter to World War Z (a novel about the Zombie Apocalypse and how humanity survives) that includes chickens!

If I had to throw in my two cents on a ZA breed of choice….I’d go with American Games….tough, hardy, forager, broody, loyal to “their” human, fast, and excellent fighters.

Coco Rogers March 10th, 2012

Very clever post! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a new chicken keeper, waiting for my first chicks to arrive, but I’m going to guess that my Barred Rocks will be the best zombie evaders. Zombies aren’t very quick predators anyway. Too many limbs falling off.

kate C. March 10th, 2012

I don’t have chickens yet – the plan is to build the coop this summer and then get chicks next spring! So right now, I figure I just need any breed to help me survive the zombies! I’m hoping to get a few different breeds to try them all out. Hadn’t considered the Welsummer, but this is now making me reconsider! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can never be too prepared for zombies.

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AngelS March 10th, 2012

I now feel com[letely suremI will survive the Zombie Apocolypse, I just ordered some Welsummers!!!

Birgit Sacher March 10th, 2012

Well, thanks for that! We’re adding two more to the flock after the kids’ spring break, so I’ll have to add Wellies to the list. We’ll just need a suggestion of a not-to-creepy zombie name.

Jenn Chubb March 10th, 2012

A friend of mine sent me this on a day when I really needed some cheering up. She has been keeping chickens for several years now but this year is going to be my first year with my own. We had just been discussing which breeds I should get, I am very fond of Silkies but also planned on getting some Ameraucanas after reading this post I believe I will also be getting a couple Welsummers ๐Ÿ˜€ What a fantastic article.I have been sharing it with everyone that will slow down long enough to enjoy it.
Keep it the great work and thanks ๐Ÿ˜€
p.s. is the check box to make sure we aren’t already in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse lol

Butch Good March 10th, 2012

Turkens are my choice, Just look at them. People would think thet were infected and would leave them alone. But with their overly sweet disposition we can tell.

Heather K March 10th, 2012

Haha, hubbies is into the zombie apocalypse thing and I want chickens, this blog was perfect for us! I would love the book!!

Denise Strauser March 10th, 2012

Thanks for the informative article. I think Australorps would be a great bird for any apocalypse.

luther34 March 10th, 2012

Hahaha! Good to know! Maybe I should change my first choice for chickens to start with… ๐Ÿ˜›

Christopher Burrell March 10th, 2012

I just finished building my grandmother a chicken coop and this is one of the breeds I am planning on getting her.

Eloise Costea March 10th, 2012

That’s great advice! I’m looking into getting a few hens that are friendly and lay lots of eggs, so this might have to go on my list! Do you know if Americaunas are good egg layers?

Lissa March 11th, 2012

Ameraucanas lay pretty well for the amount they eat, so you might like them! Right now My Pet Chicken has Easter Egger chicks, but later this season we’ll be adding true Ameraucanas: wheaten and blue. Two of my favorite hens were Wheaten Ameraucanas. You can read up about the differences between Easter Eggers, Ameraucanas and Araucanas, so you can decide which would escape the zombies best!

Marion O'Neill March 11th, 2012

I hadn’t heard of that breed but they sound like a good chicken to have. I guess I need that book!

Katie T. March 11th, 2012

My hubby and I are just getting into raising chickens and one of the breeds we ordered was the Welsummer. Looks like we made a good choice! ๐Ÿ™‚

michelle March 11th, 2012

now i want welsummers!

Tina Egan March 11th, 2012

Not sure about Zombies, but Buff Orpingtons are my favorite breed. At least of the breeds I have had so far! Gentle Giants, Docile, Broody, Nice Brown eggs all year round.

Sandy March 11th, 2012

I can’t give advice, but sure do need some…..never had a chicken in my life, but since deciding I need to protect our family from the Zombies, starting to look into just a few chickens for the eggs, got to be able to make some lemon bars while we are waiting for the attack, need to keep the strength up. I really enjoyed this story, will put this site in my favorites…..Thanks Again, and I will SURE jump right over here to warn if I see those Zombies coming before the Apocalypse HITS.

Julie March 11th, 2012

I think that my WCB Polish Bantam Phyllis is my nominee. She is already so nervous and flighty that she never sits still. She runs fast and is good at hiding in small spaces so the zombies won’t be able to catch her. She is impossible to catch. Because she can’t see very well and already assumes everything is a threat things won’t be any different for her with marauding zombies about.. My other chickens are so calm and laid back seeing a zombie might cause them to have a heart attack. She lays pretty good and is an awesome forager.

Lauren Hynek March 11th, 2012

We have a wonderful mixed flock of 8 and our Wellsummer, Peaches, is one of the sweetest.

Marti Booker March 11th, 2012

I would have to pick Buff Orpingtons, although I think the “best case scenario” would be to buy a mixed flock of hens and see which ones survive the apocalypse best!

Stacy March 11th, 2012

I’ve never heard of Welsummers. They’reretty birds. I had a black copper Maran and an Americana. Both very sweet!

Jm Simpson March 11th, 2012

I believe zombies may be some of the best egg customers. Scientific studies have shown that zombies not only can, but will eat raw eggs. Some prefer very runny scrambled. I won’t be doing any cooking for zombies (unless something tragic happens to a family member ) But I will gladly sell or barter with them. I have been wanting to get a few Welsumers. This may be the best reason to go out and get them.

Amanda March 11th, 2012

I have always wanted a bakers dozen that each lay a different color egg. We have had white egg, brown, blue and green egg layers in the past, but just yesterday someone gave me an egg that was so dark brown it was almost black! So many chickens, so little space ;-(

Lindsay Krell March 11th, 2012

I want Welsummers next!!

Casey March 11th, 2012

Oh my goodness my husband is all about the zombie apocolypse! We dont go too crazy but we try and think of every possibility. we will be getting our first baby chicks next week sometime and after I showed this to my husband he is even more excited!

Tim S. March 11th, 2012

When the CCC reports that the Zombie Apocalypse is true and zombies are running across our streets I’m going to make sure I stock up on Buff Orpingtons. The are very cold hardy, they become broody often so I can replenish or restock my flock; they lay beautiful large brown eggs, they are very good foragers, and they don’t require much food. ; ‘ )

Michelle March 11th, 2012

I could definately use the encylcopedia! I am still trying to figure out my breeds. My husband wanted one of the fancy varieties because they “look cool” but with zombie logic applied, he has changed his mind!

SCOTT WONG March 11th, 2012

I think the Welsummer is a great breed from what was written about it… but you didn’t touch on whether or not it would be a suitable “meat” breed. Man cannot live on eggs alone during the zombie apocalypse. =)

Thanks for the informative article!

Jamie March 11th, 2012

Only the government (CDC) would suggest we prepare for something that will never happen, i.e. Zombies! Unbelievable……but then again not so unbelievable. Something tells me my bantam cochins won’t do so well after the apocalypse.

Torrie March 11th, 2012

These were on my list of chickens but since Hubby said only a few, we decided that Black Stars were the ones for us. Ha, joke is on us when the zombies come!

Cathy March 11th, 2012

I would want Rhode Island Reds. Mine are good layers and love to forage for food. The two girls I have are at the top of the pecking order in my flock so I believe they would survive a zombie Apocalypse.

Chel March 11th, 2012

Nice article. I recommend the Salmon Faverolles, since, during a zombie apocalypse, we’ll all be holed up indoors. Favs are great with confinement:)

Tracy Jenner March 11th, 2012

Welsummers are very versatile birds and a must for any small flock. The hens are friendly and can be used as broodies just like bantams. Now the zombie thing ….I teach and to be honest we are all more prepared for the zombie apocalypse then handing in homework most days so if in doubt as what to do ask a kid they are all ready

Ben Lambert March 11th, 2012

That is brilliant, I can now cross off another Zombie prepared box on my check list!! All I need now is a book on chickens…hmmmm!!

Chris March 11th, 2012

Our ladies and gents are ready to face the zombies by creating mass confusion! Our two Silkie roosters, Blanche and Theo would distract them by looking like great balls of fluff, or Muppets from behind. Our Silver Laced and Golden Laced Wyandottes would outsmart the zombies and can fly really well. The Brahma hens, Barb and Bette could tiptoe past them on feathery feet, the Americaunas are too fast for them to catch and our Black Jersey Giants Tillie and Patty would scare them away! Iris, our Wyandotte rooster would sound the alarm and make sure his charges were safe. All the girls would come running to my aid and the zombies wouldn’t have a prayer! Thanks for an entertaining blog!

Mr. TK March 11th, 2012

I might be easier to detect zombie infection in a friendly chicken. If your chickens are naturally aggressive, you might not notice the infection until it’s too late.

amy janczy wants chickens March 11th, 2012

My town has just approved backyard chicken raising. Surviving a zombie onslaught would be meaningless without omelettes and baked goods. Your advice on breeding will prove invaluable when the zombapocalypse arrives. Thank you!

Nadine Milburn March 11th, 2012

I have 3 breeds here: Orpingtons(meat n layers),Easter Eggers(grandkids like the color eggs), Production reds(eggs). I will soon have hatching eggs to Welsummers and Runner Ducks..Got all the land for them to forge on and grow them some food too..grains…Ya never know what happens next..

Debi Clark March 11th, 2012

Have to say I agree about the Welsummer’s – I have a rooster thought that is the meanest in town!! I can’t walk out my back door and he comes running over to get me but my female is the sweetest and he picks on her all the time and she just ignores him – the females are the sweetest. And it is HOT here not to cold in winters- Florida/

Terri March 11th, 2012

Enjoyed the article and learned a few things. We have 11 young hens of various breeds but no Welsummers. As a relatively new chicken owner Iโ€™d love to win a copy of The Chicken Encyclopedia.

Ben March 11th, 2012

My “Survival” chicken breed would probably have to be Swedish Flower Hens. They seem to excel in most weather, are excellent layers, and also are great foragers with good immune systems (thanks to their landrace heritage). I feel that they would be an excellent choice for a breed during a Zombie apocalypse. I’m just wondering what we would do about zombie chickens, because all of us Chicken lovers would be in for a world of hurt.

Kaci March 12th, 2012

I love my Welsummer’s and Buff Orpingtons, but I’m going to go with the Ameraucana. I have seen those chickens make it thru some pretty tough weather conditions. They’re happy and friendly, yet cautious….they come in all colors which makes some of them easier to camouflage themselves.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life March 12th, 2012

Too funny. I know I want my eggs when the zombies come. Sign me up.

Teddy March 12th, 2012

Maybe a Silver Grey Dorkings? They have stood the test of time as a breed, possibly dating back to the Roman empire, so what’s a little zombie apocalypse? They have good camo, lay pretty well, go broody, and sound calm and nice enough to hide in your cellar with you. I hope to add some to my flock soon.
My dinosaur of a light Brahma may deal out some damage if she thinks their rotting bits could be food. If she ate the zombies it would count double duty for foraging and defense. Very gross though.
All and all- diversity of chicken breeds might be the best strategy… must have them all! Would love to win the Chicken Encyclopedia.

Mindy March 12th, 2012

I’ve got 12 chicks on order including 2 Welsummer females and 1 rooster. I can hardly wait. I hope I win the book too!

erinc March 12th, 2012

hello i am looking to start buying backyard hens and i have a few questions is therre a phone number i can call to ask thease questions?

susie hall March 12th, 2012

Have a buff Orpington porch chicken named Penny. Very friendly. Likes us better than the rest of the flock (mixed rhodies, sussex, ameracaunas, silkies, frizzled cochins)
She would love your book ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for entering me ๐Ÿ™‚

Anita Payton March 12th, 2012

I’m just now starting to raise chickens this year, here’ hoping I get the book, I’ve no doubts I’d read it through countless times!

Theresa March 12th, 2012

Without a doubt, I agree with Welsummer as the best choice for all the reasons listed. I have 5 different breeds and my Welsummer is my favoriate. Also, I have to say I am an expert on the Zombie Apocalypse. I have been a zombie expert longer than a chicken enthusiast and often consider Zombie Contingency Plans. My friends know that if they want to partner with me during the breakdown of society they will have to bring a roster and female rabbit to gain entrance. (I dont have a roster and only 1 male rabbit) Walking Dead spoiler alert……… **** ****** *****!!!!!

Laura March 12th, 2012

I would pick my Marans! They don’t have salmonella in the eggs so safer! Plus they are nice birds.

Scott March 13th, 2012

Ameracaunas! We will need good layers that don’t make too much noise. Wouldn’t want to attract too much attention from the zombie hoards.

Loved your post!

Megan March 13th, 2012

I really like my Red Sex link birds. THey have been the best layers and seem to tolerate both extremes of heat and cold which we get here in MN. They lay eggs every single day, even in the winter (with added light that is). Other breeds I have grown to like are the Black Austrolorps and Wyandottes.

john March 15th, 2012

I’m starting my first flock this year, and Wellie girls will certainly be a part of it! (How else will I survive the zombification?)

Sunday March 15th, 2012

every Black Australorp i’ve ever had has been the most amazing bird. they’re bossy without being mean, excellent layers (often times double yolkers), and large enough to intimidate the hawks that circle above. definitely on the apocalypse list.

Sandra March 15th, 2012

LOL I laughed all the way through this post and a good portion of the comments- love it.

I’ve grown up and had chickens (along with geese, ducks, peacocks, and more) for more years than not having these delightful sweeties! I think in all honesty, if you tally up all the times of not having chickens/ducks, it maybe makes up 5 years of my entire life. (and now they say I’m approaching mid life stages…)

I even had a duck with when I was captaining a 76 foot medyacht that was chartered through the Bahamas and the northern part of the Lesser Antilles! She was an Indian Runner named Pea.

I do like my Welsummer Roo- He’s a big strong fellow but he lets me hold and love up on him and he loves to try to come into the house at night to sleep in the bathtub. He will scratch at the door just like a dog would! I currently do not have any Welsummer hens. I have RIR, DOM, Dutch Bantams, and Buff Hens.

My Dominique hen gets so jealous of the other girls if I pet them, and she’ll actually try to give any of them the “discipline peck” when I’m holding them- ESPECIALLY if it is one of the lil Dutch Bantams,.

Then after she chases them off/ I set them down – she will come sit/ squat down right in front of me wanting me to love up on her! She’s quite a riot, and I’ve only had her a about a week as she was a pound rescue. ($5) Makes me wonder what was the real reason she was sent to the pound- she keeps order, but isn’t a meanie and shes super loving….maybe if I win the encyclopedia I’ll figure part of her secrets… Otherwise I will keep google -ing and learning from the rest of ya’ll.


triston brown March 15th, 2012

i have three wellies. They all lay an egg everyday. they are very great birds. if you need company when the zombies are attacking these birds are great. mine come and jump in my lap when i sit down. they are like little puppies that like to get peted.

Beth @ My Destiny March 17th, 2012

I just stumbled upon your blog. Adorable post!

I am not experienced with different breeds. We have had our lovely Rhode Island Reds for a year now, but just recently purchased some chicks of different varieties! Now we have Americaunas, Silver Laced Wyondottes, and Buff Orpingtons. I do think our Rhode Island Reds would be great for the end times. They are GREAT layers. I have 25 hens and I often get 2 dozen eggs a day.

I think you would like my recent post showing pics of our new chicken coop.

Have a great day!

F. March 17th, 2012

When I was younger the first chicken I got was a welsummer. I guess that i was ready for the zombie apocalypse then!

karen mitchell-day March 17th, 2012

Trying now to decide on which chickens to order : /
This book would be a blessing!

Abby March 17th, 2012

I’d like to think that of our current stock of chickens, at least one or two would perisist in the zombie apoclyse. But maybe next go round we’ll get a welsummer just to hedge our bets.

Aaron Crossley March 17th, 2012

Just got our first three chickens today! I love them so much already, that I’d recommend them for the zombie apocalypse.

Lisa March 17th, 2012

My choice for the apocolyps would be the Rhode Island Red. Mine is one tough girl! I adopted her after she had been attacked by a dog. She has turned out to be one awesome girl!!

Jeanna Key March 17th, 2012

Welsummers, beautiful eggs and great during a Zombie Apocalypse!!! Now thats my kind of chicken!!!

Emilie March 17th, 2012

I am really loving my Spotted Sussex. She’s a pistol.

Rebecca March 17th, 2012

I really want this book! I just got my first 4 chicks so I’m not yet sure if any of them would be good for the zombie apocalypse but my Plymouth Rock chick is a mean little sucker.

Pat Byrne March 17th, 2012

Mine are coming,Mine are coming!!!!!!! April 29th my new babies are coming, lots of color and all large breeds. I haven’t had any chickens for a while beacuse the floor fell out of our old chicken house now I have a new one going up.So Hope I get the book to refresh my memory. And thank you very much for the chance.

Lyn Hoyt March 17th, 2012

We ordered our chicks on and they are scheduled to arrive end of April. We can’t wait! Coop build is in process. My biggest question is how to keep our coop and run secure from predators? We are designing it to be modular and movable. The run and coop come apart for easy moving and cleaning. But, my husband and I are in disagreement about how to keep animals from digging under the run. I say make a hardware cloth skirt that folds out on the ground about a foot. He wants to just lay the hardware cloth on the ground and overlap the bottom of the run, but not attach it to the run. Maybe put pavers on top of it? Advice? Hope I win the book!

mary miller March 17th, 2012

being in kentucky has been fun trying out different chickens and so far i’ve raised buff brahmas, jersey giants, oriental bantams, seabrights and even a wyndott or two.
And so far I have had good luck with all of them, even my Seabright and Buff Brahma
managed to get along. I really would like to try out cochin bantams or more buff brahmas they are so calm and can be real characters.
And the encyclopedia would come come in real handy with all my babies.
HUGZ mary

Kayla Rosencutter-Jones March 17th, 2012

I truly believe that the best choice for the Apocolyps would be the Rhode Island Red. They are a dual purpose chicken. They provide large eggs and good meat. My Rhodies are awesome birds. But I do have a weakness for two of my other chicken breeds. My pet Sultan hen and my pet Old English BB Red Rooster. I love them and I can’t imagine life without them.

michelle davis March 17th, 2012

my boys would love this book! we love researching chicken stuff…this is our first year with chickens and we read anything we can. Our Americauna seems to be my best bet for a zombie apocalypse….she is one tough chick….the boss of my little flock.

dperelli March 17th, 2012

I think the key to success in raising chickens is keeping your hens healthy and happy.

Andy Davies March 17th, 2012

All my life, I chose my hens by how/what they laid. Now, I’m moving to a climate that’s always hot and humid, with a lot of rain. Like gardening skills, I’m going to have to learn new chicken husbandry. I’m sure I can use all the help I can get. ๐Ÿ™‚

Elsa Koppel March 17th, 2012

I love my chickens!! Homesteading is sooo much fun. Finally started up a little business last summer- getting ready to start hatching peeps soon;)

Catherine Erwin March 17th, 2012

We just got our first chickens three weeks ago and I have fallen in love with them!

Nathan Marr March 17th, 2012

Yes…the zombie apocalypse. Your scarey story certainly makes me want to make sure that I have enough camouflaged egg layers to survive the most dire of circumstances. We thank God that in whatever circumstance we find ourselves He has always provided to meet our needs. One of the ways in which He has provided for us is by creating chickens to lay some great eggs. As we look at the varieties of chickens I marvel at the creativity of the One who designed the chicken for His own glory.

Jennifer Solano March 17th, 2012

I LOVED this article, as my 16 y/o daughter is always preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse. I had never heard this term until a few months ago from her. I am now planning on building a small chicken coop and have been doing research on what chicken breed would fit best into the needs of my family on a day to day basis. I am convinced after reading this wonderful article that we will definitely be adding some of these wonderful chickens to our little flock. Thank you very much, you did all the research for me and now all I have to do is purchase the birds. I’ll make sure my daughter reads this article and goes with me to get the chickens. She will be so excited that I am now prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse.

Amanda March 17th, 2012

I will be a proud new chicken owner in May and can’t wait! This book would be a great reference, as is this blog and website. The Welsummer is beautiful, but I do love the Buff Orpington’s that are coming.

Jennifer Nash March 17th, 2012

Our Armageddon team would include Partridge Chanteclar. An agressive Malay might come in handy for killing zombies.

Laura VanLehn March 17th, 2012

I would love to add these lovee girls to my flock! Welsummer may be the best zombie girls, but my Buckeyes are charictors! I have a diverse flock and 2 roos who are kept very busy!

Bobbie Kramer March 17th, 2012

Tulip, our Welsummer, is very loud, friendly and productive!

Kauy Thompson March 18th, 2012

if i were to pick a chicken breed for a zombie apocalypse, i would pick the barred Plymouth rock because they are very good layers, laying 4-5 eggs a week. they also have very good meat traits, being chunky enough for a meal. they also have a good ability to escape predators despite being chunky. you could keep them locked inside or let them free roam. they are also very cold hardy and do just fine in hot weather.they can live off table scraps and are good foragers.

Kari March 18th, 2012

It’s fun to read everyone’s favorites. We are trying to make this decision in our house right now. We know we can’t possibly choose just one breed, so we’re trying to narrow it down to a Final 5. The Welsummer is being considered, but we’re not sure if it’ll make it to end. Come check out the March Madness – Chicken Edition. You can follow along at

Jacqueline March 19th, 2012

What a great idea! We’ve kept many different kinds of chickens in small mixed flocks, and I have to say I have never met one I didn’t like. We currently have 2 Salmon Faverolles, a light Brahma, and a Jersey Giant peeping softly in our brooder.

Love the website and the blog.


MJ March 19th, 2012

must. have. chicken. encyclopedia.

Lashanda March 20th, 2012

Preparing for an impending zombie attack is a running joke in my house but getting a couple more birds – specifically Welsummer – is no joke! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that breed – a chicken keeper who was kind enough to allow me on to her property to check out her flock had Welsummers and I’ve been in love ever since!

Cara March 20th, 2012

My first set of chicks haven’t even arrived yet, so I can’t really recommend anything! However, I’ve tried to diversify when making my breed choices, so maybe I’ll have a preference by Fall! Thanks for the blog!

Mona March 20th, 2012

We started ‘chickening’ last year and we got Red Stars. On Friday we got 16 chicks from tractor supply, pullets only. SOOOOOO, in order to survive the invasion I guess we better get some roosters!!! I read that the RS are not broody, so that’s another negative, YIKES, we are doomed! I’m always on the web reading up on chickens so I’d love the encyclopedia to have everything in one place.


Wendi March 20th, 2012

Ha! Now I have the answer to the question burning me up….I have been wondering which chicken, exactly, would be the best when the zombie apocalypse comes! Now I know! I may have to order me a few….LOL.
A friend of mine had a Wellsummer rooster, and he was so gorgeous! We used to feed her animals when she was not able to be home at feeding time. One morning my husband went to feed the chickens and he had died during the night sometime. It was very sad, as he was the only rooster, and our friend loved him very much. Toward the end we knew he was going to pass soon because he just wasn’t the same in the week or so preceeding his passing, and we told our friend. She said she had noticed too and that we were probably right. Thant was my first experience with chickens, feeding hers, and now I have 2 of my own, and I’m looking for more…..wellsummer hens for sure, now that I know they can help me survive the impending zombie apocalypse!!

Marion March 20th, 2012

I am brand new to chicken raising and I’m looking forward to it so much. My Pet Chicken has been a great source of information for me, and I love reading all the stories on the blog. Chicken people seem to be a friendly bunch, and a little zany too! I could use a copy of the book to add to my chicken library.

Laurie March 23rd, 2012

I have to go with Orpingtons. Mine always go broody, are friendly, and lay a lot of eggs. I’m working on blues but have buffs as well. The coloring may be a drawback, though one buff hid in plain sight and brooded a clutch of 22 eggs. Wasn’t until they hatched and the peeping gave her away that we found her. I do want more Wellies, though. The one I had (neighbor’s dog killed her) was a sweet thing.

Laurie March 23rd, 2012

I was telling my husband about this and it turned into a hugely fun conversation. He insists your criteria are for run of the mill apocalypse and zombie apocalypse has other needs. Ideally you would also have a pig and then you need chickens that get underfoot to trip the zombie into the pigpen. Then my Brahmas and Orpingtons win. The Orps have the additional benefit of getting big enough to eat later…

Lissa March 23rd, 2012

Hmmm, I wonder what breed of pig is best for the zombie apocalypse…? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eva Snyder March 24th, 2012

We have never had a welsummer but have always admired their beauty..We love our Delawares, in the summer they are great at foraging and so friendly… We also think highly of orpingtons because they tend to go broody. It would def be a toss up between the two!

Barbara Hemphill March 24th, 2012

I LOVE my Black Australopes, they would be great for this zombie thing. I don’t like fancy smancy just plain ole good chicken

Dana Reed March 24th, 2012

My favorite bird right now is the New Hampshire Red. My hens have a longer laying season, lay big eggs, and are very friendly. Great all around birds!

Caprese Parks March 24th, 2012

Preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse, I would have to take my golden comets. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pam Baum March 24th, 2012

I have 2 Welsummers along with other assorted chickens. They’re fun, curious & beautiful egg layers! I agree Welsummers would be great for a Zombie Apocalypse! But how about Faverolles? They’re quick, also great egg layers & funny.

Michelle March 24th, 2012

We have 6 chickens and they are all different breeds, but we haven’t tried the welsummer yet. we will have to research those more, we would love to see how those do. our best eggs come from our delaware, our Buff and our Easter Egger.
the Golden Wyn. also lays good. thanks!

Kris Bulla March 24th, 2012

I’ve been contemplating various chicken breeds to choose when we start up our next flock, so now I’ll be researching the Welsummers for sure! Sounds like the perfect chicken with or without zombies. If I had to pick out of our own current flock, I’d have picked barred rocks.

Lisa Shafer March 24th, 2012

I have white Silkies and they are wonderful little chickens. They are very friendly and great little mommies. My picks are silkies and Easter eggers.

RoseMarie Fiske March 24th, 2012

Wish this blog post had come out a few days ago. I just ordered hatching eggs, Couldn’t get the live chicks in the breed I wanted( Ancona). I would have ordered Wellsummers instead. Oh well always next time.

Cathy March 24th, 2012

What a fun read! Will have more breeds to think about now!

Marie March 24th, 2012

Loved your article!
I guess I am partial to Red Stars, a sex-link hybrid. I love their huge eggs that are laid daily. They produce a lot on minimal feed, color would be a good camaflague. Very friendly hens.

Rae March 24th, 2012

I’m grateful for this article. I was not properly prepared, but I am now. I’ll choose Americana. My 8 year old Americauna, Elaine, still lays a few eggs a month.

Dennis Creel March 24th, 2012

If I feed zombies to my chickens will it supply all the protein they need or will I have to supplement their diet? And the big question is will it hurt the eggs?

Mary Ann Woodard March 24th, 2012

We have five hens. Two red star, one black star, one barred rock and one americauna. All are my favorites but I think for the zombie thing the americauna can take care of herself and the others every time.

Cindy March 24th, 2012

I love Welsummers. And I have to totally agree with all of those traits. But when all is said and done with my last flock of chickens the one that wins the the above criteria is the New Hampshire Red. I have one (named Fred) among the 12 of my original flock and she is a rock star chicken. She has laid an egg almost every day. Rain or shine, snow or sleet, heat or cold. She actually prefers to forage for her food rather than eat it out of the feeder. She has hatched and raised a small flock of her own. She hides in the grass in the sun so well that I have often thought she may have gotten out of the yard (but she is always there). And has the additional advantage of being able to crow to warn the rest of the flock and me when there is an intruder. Fred is by far the chicken I would want to face Zombies with.

Kyla B March 24th, 2012

We are expecting our first chicks in April, and I am hoping there is not a zombie apocolypse anytime soon because we are getting silkie bantams. Not an ideal candidate for any survival situation, but my 5 year old son has been begging for some after seeing them at our local fair 2 years ago. He would love the encyclopedia as he loves to read about chickens!

Brandi March 24th, 2012

I love my austrolorps. I might try a welsummer though. Haven’t experienced them yet.

Janice Klinzing March 24th, 2012

Zombies? Darn. Another thing to worry about. I sure hope my maremmas can take care of those ghastly predators.

I happen to love my cuckoo marans. They produce amazing chocolate eggs and will spend the day foraging for the biggest and fattest bugs. They are fun to watch in the yard and they run to greet me when I get home from work every day. (Although, if there is a zombie apocalypse I don’t know if I will be working any longer). I may have to get some welsummers since they are so highly recommended, just in case the marans need some friends.

Anita March 24th, 2012

My Barred Rocks would do well for the coming apocalypse, and a couple rather aggressive bantam roosters will help guard in case zombies develop a taste for chicken/eggs.

Gina Brown March 24th, 2012

Really fun blog! I’m just starting out. My little ladies are only a week old, but very feisty!

Lily Kesselman March 24th, 2012

I’d love to share this with our community chicken volunteers!

Michael Porter March 24th, 2012

Delawares are tough and can care for themselves

Candie Hawkins March 24th, 2012

I would have to say Buff Orpington I love however, the Transylvanian Naked Neck they are hardy and tolerant of hot or cold and thought to be exceptionally immune to disease, with the exception of occasional sunburn due to the necked neck….plus they fit the look of a zombie!!! That’s my vote. The Transylvanian Naked Neck!!!!

Julie S March 24th, 2012

With the Easter Eggers, you do not have to keep egg coloring. Plus, the small combs are good for the winters.

Jeanna Pickett March 24th, 2012

I will have to agree with Welsummer. I am entering this contest because I do not yet have chickens and would LOVE to have the book to learn everything I can beforehand!

Don March 24th, 2012

I would have to have my barred rock girls without a doubt! Tough, foragers, lay well, and great personalities!! They are like little soldiers going across the field!! The may also take out a Zombie on their own!!!

Tanya March 24th, 2012

My Wellies are not the brightest and would be the first eaten! My Ameraucana’s are the quickest, best fliers, smartest and most alert birds, they however can’t be missed with their coloring!

Jody Vangor March 24th, 2012

Great article! Will definitely be using your checklist to prepare for the invasion.

Angie March 24th, 2012

I am beginning to start planning for adding chickens to our lives next year. My Nana, who farmed a 300 acre farm in Maine during the 50’s swore by Rhode Island Reds.

Patty March 24th, 2012

Wow, I never thought about what breed of chickens I would need for the impending zombie apocalypse….I sure am glad that I read this so that I can invest in some Welsummers….SOON! I also like my Easter Eggers because they lay eggs pretty consistently. My Marans…I love the deep brown color of their eggs…but they seem to be on vacation a bit more than they are laying ๐Ÿ˜‰ Going to research Welsummers now…just in case ๐Ÿ™‚

Patricia Schell March 24th, 2012

I am a “newbie” chicken parent. My Pet Chicken has been such a great resource and I love these blogs!

Nan Moore March 24th, 2012

Love the article! We got 12 chicks from MPC. They are about 5 weeks old and last night was their first night outside in the new pen. We have a mixed flock with some Australorps, EEs, and rare mix. It is SO MUCH FUN to watch them as they grow and see what colors they are going to be! And their personalities! I love them all so much! Thanks you for the enjoyment and bright spot in my life!

Michelle March 24th, 2012

We just got two Welsummer chicks last month and love watching them grow, can’t wait for them to start laying. But so far the best layers in our flock have been the RIR/Ameracauna mix we got on a lark. They are friendly, good foragers and consistent layers. Definitely my choice for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse!

Becca Smith March 24th, 2012

I’m pretty new to chickens, this is my second year raising them so I don’t have a breed to recommend yet, I’m still in trial mode but have been wanting to give the Welsummer a try!

Bobbie March 24th, 2012

Hummm, Just starting my 1st flock and I sure could use your book! I think maybe I’ll go with the Welsummers just encase of a zombie apocalypse or some sort of nuclear disaster…lol….maybe I’ll read the book and then store it in a bomb shelter…gotta be prepared!

Bob March 24th, 2012

My buckeyes are doing everything I want of the and I would want to be the zombie who runs afoul of the rooster (though the look in his eye does kind of remind me of a zombie). Great article

kirby March 24th, 2012

I love my Americaunas. But now you’ve got me thinking of adding some Wellies this spring …….

Missi March 24th, 2012

I vote for Shamos for the zombie apocalypse!

I’m kind of a chicken newbie so I’d absolutely love winning the chicken encyclopedia! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you <3

Jessica March 24th, 2012

Thanks for the article!! I’m going with my Red Stars…our favorite, Red, is so much like a dog!! She follows us around, even to the bus stop to get my son! She’ll eat almost everything and she can chase off our dogs when they try to get the scraps! We also have Barred Rock, Black Stars, a Polish, Silkies, Silver Laced Wyandottes…Here’s to a colorful coop!!!

Brianna Pate March 24th, 2012

Very funny!!!

Teresa Fultz March 24th, 2012

Welsummers- like I needed another breed to add to my wishlist!

ansley March 24th, 2012

I would definitely choose a buff orpington as that is my favorite chicken breed – they might be a bit too friendly to the zombies and actually run up to them – but still my choice!

Heidi B March 24th, 2012

Since I’d be scared a zombie would get my precious chickens if they were outside, my little flock would probably be in the boarded up house with the rest of the family. And in that case I would probably choose chickens with awesome personalities like Buff Orphingtons or Ameracaunas. ๐Ÿ™‚

Laura March 24th, 2012

I am still fairly new to chickens as some of the others that have posted. My daughter got a couple of chicks last year as a 4H project. We absolutely love them and kept them after the fair instead of taking them to the sale. This year, when the project leader quit, I took over the job… and it’s been great! I’m learning so much.

Personally, my daughter and I currently have 7 Mille Fleur D’uccles, 1 White Silkie, 1 Cornish Bantam, 1 Partridge Cochin, 2 Leghorn chicks and 2 Barred Rock chicks. We also have one unknown breed, she could be half a dozen things.

We have been researching breeds to have to raise and show this year. I have twice the kids than last year’s poultry project had and need to order chicks. The Welsummers seem like a great choice for the kids!

Pam Southworth March 24th, 2012

What a great article, we have started our first flock this year. We are enjoying learning about them. I will have to look in to some of the breeds metioned they sound great!

Jodie Keefe March 24th, 2012

I AM SO EXCITED! Our day old chicks are due to arrive in May! Welsummers are in the mix for our first try at that breed. Looking forward to our Easter Eggers, too. We have 2 Lakenvelders in our flock that are skittish but very durable, considering their small size. My mom raised Leghorns, which are great egg layers but not nearly as friendly as the Red Stars. The colors of my flock is just as much fun as the colors in my egg cartons!

Oh – and our Golden Laced Wyandotte rooster can take on ANY Zombie. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lorna Steele March 24th, 2012

That article was great! lol The chicken I would choose for a zombie apocalypse would be a Silkie just for the amusement factor. The fact that they look like Muppets would help allay my fear and stress. lol

Johnnie Lynne March 24th, 2012

This is good information. I don’t expect a Zombie attack any time soon in Alabama, however I do live in tornado alley and a F-5 could comethe house away. I could at least have some eggs the next morning for breakfast!

I want to add this tidbit of information. Last year when all the tornadoes hit Alabama. I was at home and the tornado past within a mile of my home. I observed my free roaming chickens during the storm. They went to their chicken coop and dug out little holes then huddled close to the ground till it was all over.

Viviana Kisibirova March 24th, 2012

Plymouth Rock chicken! They have a nice feather pattern, and they’re my favorites, too!

Andrea Pierre March 24th, 2012

I would say that leghorns will have a very good chance of making it during an Zombie Apocalypse. They can take care of them self and there will be no Zombie that would be able to get them…. at least not the once I had. They fly high into the trees and roost there. So they will be safe without anybody bringing them into the coop. Which also keeps us humans safer during these daring times. Just saying. ๐Ÿ˜‰

michael c March 24th, 2012

Great post.. and just what I was looking for.. a great forager that goes broody and lays good eggs!

Karin Antevil March 24th, 2012

I will have to try some Wellies. We have New Hampshire reds and Wyandotte both of which we love.

Cliffside Chicken Ranch March 24th, 2012

This is one of my all time favorite blog posts!

Jann Hehn March 24th, 2012

We are new to chickens, we ordered 25 chickens. We have light Brahma’s (they are pretty) RIR, Buff Rocks, and Barred Rocks. Our chicks are now 4 weeks old. There are so many breeds and so much to learn, I scour the internet daily and I am consistently amazed at all the different breeds, and all the information. I think we did good for our first effort on choosing, however I will add Wellsummers to our flock, maybe next year.

Ralph Ventura March 24th, 2012

My choice of chicken would be Amerecaunas. They have many different colors that coincide with the foliage and surroundings. I think their multiple shades of browns & black would make them hard for a zombie to spot. I have a flock of 20 and I get about 16 eggs daily. That in my book makes them great layers. They also go broody occasionally which is perfect for keeping up the chicken population.

Julie Edminster March 24th, 2012

Our favorite for the apocalypse is the Buff Orpington. Sweetest little chickens and layed for us all winter! Can’t wait for your blues to be available.

tonya kinney March 24th, 2012

Zombie chicken—great idea. I really need this book!! I have 18 chickens and cant identify one!!! LOL

T Shannon Boss March 24th, 2012

Looks like i’m gonna have to get some more chickens!

Ashlie March 24th, 2012

I don’t have any chickens YET. Still trying to convince the hubby on that one, but maybe I’ll have him read this blog to help me along in my cause ๐Ÿ˜‰ I would LOVE LOVE LOVE The Chicken Encyclopedia so that I could make a very educated choice when I choose a few! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Wonder how Barred Rocks and Orpingtons would fair in the ZA? I just think they’re lovely! ) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Marcy March 24th, 2012

My all time favorites are the Americana. (Although I would love to get true Araucanas someday). I love the Americana because each one looks different than the other. I can easily look over my flock to see if I’m missing one after a day opf foraging. Although they are good foragers, they really don’t travel too far from home (another trait I actually like- unlike my 3 Leghorns). They are very friendly, calm and lay wonderfully colored eggs. Maybe not so good for zombies, but definitely good for me!

Boxwood Acres March 24th, 2012

This blog is AWESOME! I love the whole “zombie/prepper” aspect…my family and I talk about things like the….the “What it”… and have tried to establish our small flocks here…we have Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Isand Red, Cochins and Silkies (which are just for fun and 4H shows). We are using the Cochins and Silkies more for incubators than for egg production…but we love them all!!!

noah smith March 24th, 2012

i think that was a good desision but i frankely love my orpingtons they lay they sit and ther c old toarent but they lack camoflag and heat tolarent but wene ther hot thet go under the big bush beside my house

Kelley Thies March 24th, 2012

I love my Barnevelders but I might have to try some Welsummers next, great write up Thank you.

tree March 24th, 2012

Agree on Welsummers (rooster seems to be a bit more on the ball in the brains dept than hens) .. also Partridge Rocks

Peggy Eiland March 24th, 2012

Great article; good info. Since I am in the process of raising my first chicks, buff orpingtons and New Hampshire Reds, I still have a lot to learn. Eventually want to expand to have a variety of beautiful chickens that will produce lots of eggs so the book would be a wonderful asset.

Sara Hogue March 24th, 2012

This blog entry is too funny! ๐Ÿ™‚ My chicken choice for the Zombie Apocalypse would be my Barred Plymouth Rock hens. My two Barre Rock hens are friendly, they lay a goodly amount of eggs and they are both very good with a 2×4, a Louisville Slugger and

Sarah Reid March 24th, 2012

I would love the book to share with my 5th grade students. We are hatching eggs and they will be ready the first week in April, unless the Zombies get them first. Great Article!!

Becky G March 24th, 2012

I love my Welsummer’s :o)

J.P. Devaney March 24th, 2012

I would go with my golden laced wyandotte that ended up having some easter egger in her genes somewhere as she lays green eggs. She is a fierce top hen when need be and would keep all the other hens safe and in line when zombies came around.

Sara Hogue March 24th, 2012

everyone knows you nee a chicken capable of taking out a zombie! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ellen March 24th, 2012

I have a little half cochin hen that broods two batches of chicks a year. Though she is getting a little old now, I hope she makes it to the apocolypse with me. I will always have a flock then!

Kayla Felton March 24th, 2012

I think our chickens would do fine if worse came to worse. The American Game is a very rugged breed that can tolerate heat and cold well. When left to free-range they are excellent foragers and are very self-sufficient. The only downfall is that the mature roosters have to be kept penned separately or tethered to a barrel with a leg-hitch. A tethered rooster would make an easy meal if a Zombie took a notion to get one. They won’t give up without a fight though. That is where our dogs would come into play. I’m sure our three Great Pyrenees wouldn’t tolerate Zombies in the yard. Oh and we also have an electric fence that puts out around 5,000 volts or more. American Games are very agile and athletic so any free-ranging hens can easily escape a predator, and they roost in the tallest trees they can find. When nesting, most hens prefer to lay in the weeds under thick brush and briar bushes versus the many “man-made” nests we provide. If egg collection is desired the hens must be confined unless you want to go on a easter egg hunt everyday. They lay a medium to large sized egg. A mother hen will defend her young with her life and the babies are quick to run and hide from danger. Most game hens come in varying shades of brown and wheat, so they camouflage well. Other strains can come in shades of white, black, barred, spangled, you name it and may not blend in as well. If a gamecock is left to free-range with a harem of hens he will protect and fight for his girls until his very last breath. I think the cock’s devotion to his hens is one of my favorite traits of the American Game. When we go to collect eggs out of our pens, a cock will stand between his hens and us. And if you mess with his hens he WILL get you! The gamecock’s aggressive nature will drive him to burn your legs up without question. Even the more docile strains of gamefowl will attack his handler to protect his hens. Another good thing about chickens in general is that they are not a bit picky when it comes to food. They will eat grains, pellets, fruit, veggies, bread, pasta, meat, you name it. Usually whatever I’m having, I feed what’s left over to some of our brood (breeder) birds and they eat it with gusto. The American Game is a pleasure to own. =]

Barbara Oconnor March 24th, 2012

Gosh, wish I had read this about the Welsummers before I put my flock together this spring. Well if all works out, we will have some “zombie resistant” Welsummer chiickens next year. They sound like the perfect chicken. We selected our “girls” for our first flock based on how friendly they will be. While having a supply of fresh eggs will be great, more than anything these will be our pets!

April March 24th, 2012

Looks like Welsummers will be on next year’s list. As for zombie resistant chickens, I’d say a mixed flock of birds who like to fly is best. Funnily enough, that’s what I have! The Brown Leghorns are avid foragers, good layers, and strong fliers… Who taught even the “non-flying” Cochins and Peking ducks how to get airborne. Being a bit high strung would help these birds react swiftly, before most chickens would even notice someting was a little odd in the yard. My broodies are Dominiques whom I have no doubt about their ability to easily fend off a zombie given the way they fend off *me* when on eggs or with their chicks. Finally, my mutant chicks would be superior to all.

bill thyberg March 24th, 2012

australorps my fav

Corrine Sipe March 24th, 2012

I would choose game chickens they protect themselves and the hens are very protective of their chicks. They love to forage for food and can be very friendly to their owner. And mine do lay daily almost all year round.

Amanda March 24th, 2012

Good to know! One never knows when the Zombie Apocalypse will occur…. best to be prepared!

Joy Bader March 24th, 2012

Our first hens are nearly a year old. Mom was a Rhode Island Red and dad a Jersey Giant and the girls are perfect!

Sarah felver March 24th, 2012

We have not tried welsummer so americauna or a golden comet/Americauna cross would be what we have found to be the best all around. This was a cute article. My kids love the chickens and also have had conversations about surviving a zombie apocalypse! Lol

Shannon Schilling March 24th, 2012

Now we know when we see the next episode of doomsday preppers and they all have Welsummers that they ready your blog. :0 LOL

Neva Kay Fox March 24th, 2012

This is a very good and informative article. I would have to say my choice of chicken would be the Welsummer. I would love a copy of the chicken encyclopedia. Thank You.

Jeannette Pepin March 24th, 2012

Lol! Excellent info. Have to look into adding Welsummers to the flock.We must be ever vigilant concerning zombies……..

Sam McDill March 24th, 2012

I have a Welsummer named Annabelle from MCP who was chosen on the fly as a sort of “packing peanut” because I had to order at least 4 birds. She is really quite amazing. Annabelle is the great benefactor of my flock. When still a chick herself, she adopted all of my little EEs who were getting picked on. She made sure they had food and water and still to this day sees them as her babies. When my rooster turned mean and was re-homed, she took over the job of protecting the flock even though she was not the head hen. She even attempted to grow spurs! She still has the little nubs. Annabelle became very depressed when we got a new rooster. She hated him for months. I think she really wanted his job. They have worked it out now. She is his second in command and they get along fine but she still won’t let him cover her or any of her babies. Her eggs are a beautiful dark coppery brown with chocolate speckles. I will definitely be getting more Welsummers from MCP unless my Bella goes broody. I’ll let her hatch her own. I’m sure she will be a spectacular mama hen.

Vanessa Wyrick March 24th, 2012

We’ve raised many different breeds through 4-H & backyard flocks but I don’t think we’ve had any Welsummer. May give them a try sometime but it will be hard to since I love my Australops! I can see them surviving zombies – even possums don’t scare those girls!

Love your site & this article. Shared with my 15 yr old son – this might convert him into a chicken lover. ๐Ÿ™‚

(I checked the box to prove I’m a human! We don’t want the zombies to get in on this)

virginiatrembles March 24th, 2012

Bantam Mille Fleurs would be my choice – good producer for a bantam, good forager, good in all weather, super broody, smart and naturally sweet tempered. They get way attached to you and come without being called, even when feeding is not involved – which could really be helpful in a Zombie emergency. Can you image chasing chickens while being chased by Zombies?

Mike Willis March 24th, 2012

For the apocalypse my flock is going to have a little versitility. I want a sturdy rooster, probably Rode Island Red or maybe a Silver wyandotte to help protect the flock and perpetuate subsequent generations. My girls would be a combination of ISA brown hens for their egg laying capacity and hardiness, mixed with a stock of Rhode Islands.

Sheila Bourque March 24th, 2012

I have a variity of chickens and LOVE them all..They are all like my children, spoiled rotten!! I would Love to have the book!! I enjoy reading all I can about my feathered friends. I hatch a few out every spring just to see the baby chicks rum around the yard. My grand children enjoy getting the eggs with me. I average around 50 to 65 hens and four to six roosters. Love my Babies!!!!

Marie Henke March 24th, 2012

I’m still a newbie, only having chickens for two years. I have 12 different breeds (including a Welsummer) for a total of 17. I never knew how much fun a chicken could be!! I love them all!

Judy Owens March 24th, 2012

I love welsummers! We like the Ameraucanas a lot too. I do not think I have met a chicken I did not like. We live in an area where predators are a huge problem and try to not have birds that are easliy spotted by these critters. Do you know if turkeys help keep predators at bay? I would love to have the Chicken Encyclopedia. I would have trouble putting it down. Thanks for the blog!

Debbie March 24th, 2012

I haven’t seen a chicken that I couldnot figure out a way to justify having. .

Ozark Homesteader March 24th, 2012

Just one breed? I’ve got 3, to make sure that I’ve got broodies (2 Buff Orpingtons) and good egg producers (my EE, who lays day after day without a break) and my Speckled Sussex. Are chickens targets of zombie attacks?

Peggy Vidaurri March 24th, 2012

I would love to have a Wellie hen! I have a lone pet rooster, a Hamburg. He is small, but full of personality. He needs a hen …. I need a hen …. I want eggs!!

Karen March 24th, 2012

It’s tough to just choose one breed! I just have to go with Easter Egger, just because I love them!

Linda Carlson March 24th, 2012

We only have Plymouth Rocks, but will surely consider adding Welsummers!

Makenna March 24th, 2012

I got my first wellie last spring at the local feed store. I was actually not planning on getting her but I was getting some speckled sussex and there just happened to be a wellsummer in the bin so without knowing she was not a speckled sussex we bought her along with three other actual speckled sussex. They look surprisingly alike when they are chicks. We only noticed she was different when she started to get her feathers in. At first I did not know what breed she was until a couple months later when our neighbor who had chickens was moving and gave us her four hens and one of them was a wellsummer who looked exactly like Opal (the one at the feed store). I still have opal but her older buddy has died.

Carey March 24th, 2012

Barred Rocks and Rhode Island Reds are all around great breeds.

Katie March 24th, 2012

What a fun article!! I have 4 Welsummers in the brooder, 3 of which we hatched. I’m really excited to see how they turn out. I love watching the hens peck & scratch around the yard. Finding out today if my offer is accepted on a small piece of property. Really excited as it means I could keep all of my babies that I hatched. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hoping to start breeding some of my own & Welsummers are certainly on the list.

Chase C. March 24th, 2012

I am 14 yrs old and am trying to change my city ordinance to alllow for residents to have laying hens in their backyards. I am shocked at the response of adults at the articles written in the newspaper and the genral lack of knowledge about chickens. I would love to have a copy of the encyclopedia to be able to educate others and to be well versed when I present to the committee at city council. Please check out the article at Anderson Independet Mai March 17, 2012 article:Student Lobbies to raise chickens in Anderson.
Several adult think you need roosters to have eggs! HELP!

Hopeful Beginnings March 24th, 2012

Great info to know! Cute blog to read! Since my daughter breeds and shows chickens in 4-H and area poultry shows (Booted Bantams and Belgian Bearded d’Uccles) I do not have my yard chickens anymore…it is all hers now. I’ve considered getting a few again though. Great to know there is a book out to give us all the information we need in selecting the best breed for our needs and climate!

Yess Bryce March 24th, 2012

This is funny, and informative. I do love the light Brahmas, but their feed consumption is a good point. I will be getting more chicks next month, and have a list going as to which birds to get. Welsummers are now top of the list!! I have Storey’s Guide, but the encyclopedia is just what I need next. My little chicken farm is taking off!! who says chickens can’t fly! ๐Ÿ˜‰

francesca austin March 24th, 2012

would love to find Welsummer hatching eggs in the Oakland CA area – my neighborhood fresh egg fans are itching for some dark brown eggs!

francesca austin March 24th, 2012

For sweet friendly unusual layers of blue or green eggs, try REAL Rumpless Aracaunas – not easy to find except via mail order hatching eggs but worth the trouble. I used to breed them but had to divest my flock when I moved across country.

Emily March 24th, 2012

This blog is wonderful and I would love to know more about chickens after recently becoming obsessed with such wonderful creatures that they are! I would suggest blue splash marans could successfully avoid a zombie Apocalypse ๐Ÿ˜€

francesca austin March 24th, 2012

And for the Zombie Apocalypse survival factor, go with Leghorns – they are prolific layers, have great survivability, are fast enough to outrun a zombie, are efficient (can fly good distances, run, and are very quick, will roost in trees which Zombies are too clumsy to climb, and can run along much faster than Zombies), are lean and mean and can survive on smaller amounts of feed, lay larger eggs the longer they go on, and are quick molters – sometimes don’t bother with a molt of more than a few days. They do great in freezing winters and since they are lean, are not much bothered by heat – and they HATE Zombies and I am willing to bet they can eyeball an infected person before they change and figure out Zombie danger. Go Leghorns (best recommended variety is the Brown Rosecomb Leghorn – very quick and close to being a wild thing but gentle and sweet enough to handle!

Gwen March 24th, 2012

How did you know that I was looking for an article exactly like this 1. While zombies may never be coming it is always important to be prepared for emergency. I was considering getting some ancona chickens to add to my flock because I heard that they take very good care all of them selves and are great layers even in the winter. I have a welsummer and love her as well as my orpington, australorp, partridge plymouth rock, and easter eggers. I think I will now be dropping the ancona and adding extra welsummers to my order as well as a couple of speckled sussex. Thank you!

Shona Meeks March 24th, 2012

WOW. I enjoy reading all of your post on facebook. I have a small Hatchery in southern Indiana and it has become a really busy place. Im interested in the Chicken encyclopedia because the more educated I am, the more I can educate others. We have several breeds-primarily Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Black Giants, Royal Palm and Rio Grand Turkies along with guinneas and some specialty bantams. I love the chickens. We have several free range birds until it comes time to start collecting eggs for incubation. This has definately become a wonderful hobby for us!

Bobbie March 24th, 2012

My Wellie, Tulip is aggressively friendly, and talky, too!

Colleen Mohn March 24th, 2012

We are new to the chicken world but. Already LOVE it!! We have Cochins bantams, rhode island reds, d’uccles, leghorns, brahmas, & a couple others I’m unsure of. Winni this encyclopedia would be amazing!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Caroline Davis March 24th, 2012

I’d have to go with Welsummer, since I am new at this! I hope to learn more. Thanks!

sKotT March 24th, 2012

As with any list. You don’t just bring a hammer as your only tool because it can smash a Zombies head, but also will help nail up boards across the windows. You bring multiple tools; each with a job to do. I say the same thing with any farm animals you keep or bring along. For eggs, get a few good layers. But eggs everyday while the world is ending is not ideal either. Therefore, you’ll want a few meat birds, if not at least a few good dual purpose birds. Why dual purpose? Well, many have better feed conversion than meat only type chickens. Then, you’ll want some birds that are broody all the time. You’ll want some hens on eggs at all times so that you’ll have a continuous supply of eggs and meat. Remember, you’ll need to hatch more than you’ll need because of predator loss and because you never know when you have to leave the farm quickly. Keep the brooders in your mobile station (RV, semi trailer, etc). So, while I don’t deny that the Welsummer is an excellent choice to have in your flock, I do advise having the right chicken (tool) for the job.

Oh, btw, Legghorns, Cochin (standard size), and Indian Game/Cornish. IMHO.

(Although, Faverolles are my favorite)

Eggnata March 24th, 2012

I love out Speckled Sussex. She’s so smart and funny. She jumps to reach treats that are too high for her… cracks me up. Our Australorp is just the slowest thing, everyone picks on her. And our Buff Orpington is the not the nicest chicken but she is an amazing layer. She lays a big brown egg EVERY day.

Gail Morris March 24th, 2012

I have had chickens in a shared coop with my neighbor for 4 years now and we have had; Barred Plymouth Rocks, Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Silver Laced Wyandottes, and Red Stars. 4 of these girls are 4 years old and 3 are 2 years old and all of them lay eggs still and have become broody [even without a rooster]. We have just purchaced 2 Astrolorpes and 2 Easter Eggers and we will just have to see how they do in my back yard this year– I can’t say if any would survive the zombies coming but they all run under the coop when danger comes. [I have lost 4 chickens this last year to heat and predators so the older girls all know where to go for safety.] The only thing I don’t have is a rooster, so I guess I’ll have to get one if we’re going to make it. Welsummers do sound like a great breed but I’ve always wanted to try some Blue Laced Red Wyandottes. [Wyandottes are so gentle and don’t attack me when I go to collect eggs.]

Heather March 24th, 2012

Looks like I’ll be adding summers to my flock. You can never be too prepared.

Michael March 24th, 2012

Verrrrry interesting, but I think I’ll stick with my Easter Eggers.

Toni L. March 24th, 2012

I’d say your best bet is to have a variety of Speckles Sussex, Salmon Faverolles, Orpingtons, Australorps, Delaware, Araucana, Silver or Gold Laced Wyandottes, and Partridge or Barred Rocks And…don’t forget a rooster or eggs are fertile! Would love to win the Chicken Encyclopedia!!

Wayne Cottrill March 24th, 2012

I have Barred Rocks, Easter Egger, Black Copper Marans, Golden Cuckoo Marans and love them all. I am going to look into the Wellsummers more carefully.

Avery Robnett March 24th, 2012

I think that the buff orpington would make a great end of the world chicken because from what I’ve seen with mine they are aggresive and pretty good at foraging.

LInda March 24th, 2012

I thought you’d say Hamburgs…. ‘an egg a day’ bird. Feisty, so they’re hard to catch. Only draw back is that they are showy. but as you say, Zombies are not known for their great eyesight.

Kasi F. March 24th, 2012

Well looks like I will be adding the Welsummers to our little farm here to get ready for zombies… ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheryl Lindsay March 24th, 2012

Very Funny!! I’m new to the wonderful world of chickens, and stumbled into this backyard hobby before out research was complete, when we rescued 4 chickens from some friends of my daughter. 3 Rhode Island Reds & 1 Langshan that turned out to be a roo and had to trade the city life for the country.
With some warning I would grab my 3 girls, go collect Izzy our former roo, and dig our heels in. My girls deliver 3 eggs everyday not to mention the endless hours of fun just watching them!!

Roxanne March 24th, 2012

I think the Australorp would also make a fierce survivor. Dual purpose, excellent layers, good mothers…. what’s not to love?

Lanna Jones March 24th, 2012

It can get pretty chilly here in the winter, so I think I’d have to take some Delawares with me. Not the best at camouflage, but zombies don’t eat chickens, anyway!

Amy Huang March 24th, 2012

I have no clue as to what chicken would get me through.

Brandon Ditlow March 24th, 2012

8 years ago, before my wife was my wife… she and I decided that if the zombies ever started coming that no matter where we were we would meet at a specific walmart that was near a homedepot… 8 years later i’ll need to get the kids and the chickens before I go… i’ll bring my Rhode Islands for the apocolypse!!

Holly Ward March 24th, 2012

I don’t have Welsummer’s presently but will definitely be rethinking that decision! They are truly beautiful birds. As far as the Zombie’s, well I am a little nervous…

Mary Lee March 24th, 2012

I love my Marans. Wonderful chickens and beautiful eggs. A close second or a tie for first are the Ameraucanas. They are peaceful and lay great green eggs.

Macy Valaer March 25th, 2012

I am learning so much about my chickens I got fromy’all and need any help I can get. Please choose me ! thanks

Debra Brown March 25th, 2012

I look to your website and blog for everything Chicken. And everytime I read it I either learn something, or laugh, or sometimes both. I hadn’t noticed the Welsummer before and they are a beautiful chick. Thank you for the new info.

Jan March 25th, 2012

I guess I need to read up on this pending catastrophe….I’m sure my Ameracauna and my Rhodie are up for it, though they will need to learn to forage.

Kim March 25th, 2012

If I had to choose just one, it would have to be Ameraucanas. We will have to get a couple of Welsummers sometime soon to add to our flock.

kassi P March 25th, 2012

Haha I belong to the Zombie Squad and we do practice for the Zombie take over. I do Love chickens and would find it fun to add this breed to my flock.

Terri March 25th, 2012

Im liking the Wyandottes for the Zombie take over. Good dual purpose, gentle and nice to look at, not like the zombies. I will have to research into who would be the best attack chicken cause you’ll need some to protect the flock. I guess I can use the book I win to help pick him.

Donna March 25th, 2012

Going to a poultry swap this coming weekend. Now I know what to look for. Gonna have to add a Welsummer to the flock. Hubby loves red chickens so we’ll probably end up with a couple. Never knew chickens could be so addictive and fun. Love to watch them amd hubby has them trained to come to the sound of his voice. He spoils them rotten. Love my chickens!!!

Michelle Benge March 25th, 2012

I quit smoking and needed a hobby. With the money I save on cigarettes I can afford a BIG coop! I have 12 babies so far, I love them! I want more every time I see other pretty ones. Of course they are for eggs only, I can’t eat it if I name it.

Sister Gabriel March 26th, 2012

I love all kinds of chickens! My Grandfather used to keep the chicks in his basement and we would play with them. Now, I am hatching them out in my Second Grade class. The kids just love it.

Chris Cameron March 29th, 2012

Love my Wellies….beautiful, good layers, friendly. Mine have yet to go broody. I’d also throw in a couple of speckled sussex hens because they are so friendly and helpful when I’m gardening…another necessary skill for the coming ZA!

Kristin March 29th, 2012

We are just getting into the chicken addiction. We have 12 chicks at the moment. This is quite the learning experience but we’re having such a good time seeing the chicks grow. We have 10 Speckled Sussex chicks and 2 Cornish Rocks (daughter HAD to have 2 yellow chicks!). We’ve got them in our basement now and visit them often while hubby builds a hen house. Hopefully we don’t have all roosters! LOL

Vannah March 29th, 2012

Loved this post. Got my new babies from TSC a couple weeks ago and they are growing super fast.(:

adida March 29th, 2012

I am new to the wonderful world of chickens. I have a few plymouth rocks and have bravely ordered 30 more chicks from mypetchicken. exciting. thanks for information about the beautiful welsummers.

Grimm March 29th, 2012

My Easter Eggers should do fairly well in an Zombie Apocalypse… I see you planning for future generations, but not how you’d keep a rooster quiet enough to not draw every Zombie (and aggressive marauders) for a 5 mile radius.

Perhaps, ducks would be the best choice for a Zombie Apocalypse…. Males don’t crow, same basic benefits as a chicken, and even a mentally challenged duck (No, I didn’t say Welsh Harlequin, but since you mention it…) knows to, at least, swim to the middle of the pond when in danger and Zombies are not known for their swimming ability.

Cassandra March 30th, 2012

I am new to having chicks. I have two and still need to figure the breed and exact age, seeing as how I got them at a reptile show when they were being sold as “feeders.” Ive used this website for all of my questions, info, and suggestions. I actually haven’t looked at any other breeds saying ” Oh I want that,” until now. They are beautiful and seem like the best for what I am looking for! Can’t wait to make them the newest addition.

Wan-Chi Punga March 30th, 2012

this is so funny becuase part of the reason why we decided to start raising our own chickens was my husband and brother in law are wanting to be more prepared for “Z-Day” and after some joking around I thought why not? It’ll be fun and I would love to have some fresh eggs! Now I know which breed to get next week when I go out to buy my chicks! Thanks for this funny and very informative post!

Pamela K. Kinney March 30th, 2012

Love the blog, and agree, need the best checken for whatever reason.

Sandra Baur March 30th, 2012

I love this post. The ZA is on my mind a lot now-a-days. I have started container gardening so it is portable, we have go-bags packed, and lots of other things. I am excited to start keeping chickens as one of the lest steps in self-reliance for the ZA. I am starting my flock next week! I am new to chicken keeping so based on my personal experience (NONE) I have NO idea which ones would work during the ZA! I would think that having some good foragers that lay well would be best. I would “cheat” a little by keeping a few silkies around to hatch out the eggs! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mary March 31st, 2012

We had a raccoon apocalypse followed by two huge trees that fell on the chicken run, followed by a nightmare winter and….. the only survivor of our 16 hens was a 5 year old australorp who lived “wild and free” for 4 months until we finally trapped her. She is now queen of the flock, 7 years old and still laying.

Jack March 31st, 2012

I’m fairly new to chickens (ours are about 7 mo old now), but part of the reason we got them is “just in case” planning. We have a Welsummer, but she was the last of the 4 to start laying this Spring and she was the least friendly in their youth (she’s better now). Our Dominique started up first, she’s very consistent, and she has the black and white camouflage motif going. She’s really friendly, but way too curious and would probably walk right up to a zombie. I’d probably go for a mixed flock and try to work them toward a landrace breeding program (is that an oxymoron?)
Now if we can just get our city to allow roosters…

Lisa J March 31st, 2012

I am so glad I found this! I never even thought of Welsummers! My chickens have turned into a sort of mixed breed affair and once a year I have at least one broody hen (the last year it was three), so I hadn’t worried too much about the broodiness aspect, either.

I’d better get a chicken tractor and some Welsummers together – no telling when that zomibe apocalypse might happen!

LOVE your post! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lydia March 31st, 2012

Definitely Australorp….Evie was a GREAT forager, laid huge eggs on a regular basis, and was one of the sweetest, most personable chickens I have ever met. She got along well with others. It was great to watch as my banty hen claimed her as her own and would actually fly up and “ride” on Evie. Unfortunately, Evie foraged so well she got lost back in the mangroves, never to be seen again. For the apocalypse, I would limit her range just a bit! Wouldn’t want a zombie to get her off by herself! I sure miss her.

lisa March 31st, 2012

love the blog!! We had chickens when I was a girl, but I am enjoying my girls so much more now that I am older…

There is NOTHING tastier than a farm fresh egg!!

Christie March 31st, 2012

Originally I was thinking speckled sussex, but now it sounds like I need to change that to Welsummers. I haven’t tried those, and those are now on the top of my list. I have to be ready for that zombie apocolypse!

Chris March 31st, 2012

I have my first chickens and all 5 are different breeds. All were sold locally, so I hope they will work in my area. Hopefully, I can learn as much as possible about the breeds. My concern is with the local fox population.. never thought ZA would be a consideration… thank you for all your help

Debra Hamm March 31st, 2012

Just started with the chicken frenzy and i love it. Don’t have a favorite right now, still researching and looking.
We have started with RIR and buff orrington(sp) 10 total. I will say this these bird will peck the zombies to death

Kat March 31st, 2012

Not sure I have a apocalypse chicken, but I guess I will find out. I came home yesterday w/ 9 chicks from my neighbor after finally completing the coop. Mixed in the lot are amberlinks, golden coments & partridge rocks. I will be learning lots as I go along!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Pat March 31st, 2012

I’m definitely going for a chicken with the largest, most floppy comb. Those combs, some even covering the eye of the chicken are so extremely cute, even a zombie will stop by to admire it.

Sue Knower March 31st, 2012

I’d have to recommend Buff Orpingtons. They keep going broody, seem to be foraging well, and survived a dog attack of my flock last fall. Guess I’ll need to get a rooster before the zombies come though!

Lisa Lee March 31st, 2012

I love Welsummers, so friendly and easygoing!

Manitou Di March 31st, 2012

Thanks for the article and information. I’m researching breeds and I’m a newbie. The chicken tractor is being built today, and I’ll be getting 3 chicks at a big swap meet next weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

Brenda Walker March 31st, 2012

I choose Jungle Fowl -good layers -setters -will fight preditors and humans (LOL)
they will scratch around in the woods and find food -they are survivors

Elisa March 31st, 2012

This is not good! we purchased over 60 new chicks in the last 2 months and not one of them a Welsummer! Ehh…whats a few more! I’m definitely gonna be on the lookout for this breed ! I feel that you can never have too many chickens and you can never be to prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse. We have nice wooded area and some open grassy areas great for them to forage and most important fresh water in a little stream running down from the mountains!

Kimberly March 31st, 2012

Welsummers do sound like the perfect breed for the ZA. Hope it doesn’t happen too soon as I don’t have any Wellies!!!

Judy March 31st, 2012

I would definitely include in the list my silkies, who sit very quietly and are so small, the zombies I am quite sure would overlook them. We also love our red sex links because they are brave, and fast runners, not to mention prolific layers! Finally, our silver-lace wyandottes because they would run circles around the zombies, making them dizzy until they fall over at which time all the chickens of the world would gang up and peck them to death…errr…re-death.

Ivy March 31st, 2012

Cute description! Neat looking book!

Michele L. March 31st, 2012

Great article! I’ll have to be on the lookout for Welsummers!

Pattie March 31st, 2012

I agree with the welsummer
I also love the dark brown eggs

judy fleming March 31st, 2012

This is a very interesting article. Chickens may be the providers for the next generation should the worst case scenario occur. Headline: Chickens save the world.

Ilean Roberts-Hardy March 31st, 2012

I just love this blog. i have been slowly trying to get back to a self sufficient way of life. Going to have daughter check on the Wellies in Austin Tx. Am curious if the Wellie Roos are good defenders of their flocks? Would love to have the encyclopedia to help guide me in the right directions with my flock.
Thanks for having these different blogs.

Melody L March 31st, 2012

I love my Welsummers, but find they are quite flighty,,,, So my favorite is the Red Sex Link. They are well camouflaged, are my best layers, And are wonderful foragers………

judith fleming March 31st, 2012

Headline: Chickens save the world.

Mark A Johnson March 31st, 2012

I want to get started raising my own for the eggs but also for my 12 grandkids and 1 great grandaughter to learn where food actually comes from – and it’s not McDonalds! This book would help me make this a reality but I have your website that is fantastic! I grew up on a farm and thought I knew chicken…boy was I wrong!!!

Thanks for the great helpful website!

Dawn Bybee March 31st, 2012

Very Interesting! Thinking our next bird will be a Welsummer!

Christina B March 31st, 2012

LOVE this blog! We have white rocks, barred rocks, and Rhode Island Reds, and so far our favorites are the barred rocks. BUT, we’ve got some Welsummers incubating, and one egg pipped so far, with about 11 “barnyard classics” (eggs from our three different types, fertilized by our barred rock rooster) hatched so far. We’re looking forward to the Welsummers and should now be thoroughly prepared for any zombie trouble, as we also keep dairy goats, and honeybees. lol.

Hannah March 31st, 2012

I don’t know if this counts, but I say assorted banties. There will be no TV during a zombie apocalypse, and they are so funny to watch!

joycecourtney March 31st, 2012

I just lost the best chicken ever, Lois the Lighthearted Chicken, to a stray dog. ๐Ÿ™ She was a New Hampshire Red, my constant yard companion and Facebook famous. She would have certainly helped me through the Zombie Apocalypse. Now I need a chicken dictionary to help me.

Mary Chilcoat March 31st, 2012

I think I might go with the Golden Laced Wyendotte. Mine are great foragers, excellent layers and mothers and they are cautious and rather quiet. Great camo too!

Debra March 31st, 2012

Great article. I have been planning for the zombie apocalypse for some time. I have read Max Brooks Zombie survival guide and World War Z. Very informative. We plan to shelter in place. We have our own well and have gone solar. I started with two golden lace wyandottes. After a test run of this breed, I plan to stick with them but blues would be a better color choice for stealth. I would also like some black ninja chickens. Their chicken fortress is right outside my sliding glass bedroom door. I am two seconds away with my ax handle and light saber. The fortress and adjacent garden are patrolled by two German Shepards. I’m still trying to train the dogs to herd the chickens while they forage but I’m afraid they still think the chickens are squeaky toys. FYI I run slightly faster than a zombie, therefore I am human. I also read books and I would love to win this book for my end days library.

tom ashby March 31st, 2012

whichever breed has the best fighting cocks to form an army of zombie eating chickens

Mike G March 31st, 2012

I agree on the Welsummers.

E.A. Montgomery March 31st, 2012

I’ve finally convinced my husband that we should have chickens. Since there aren’t any Brahma hatchings soon, I was gonna do a random pick…. but the DH would be ALL on board if I bought zombie-apocalypse chickens. As for all men, it’s a deep concern for him.

Especially when The Walking Dead is on….

Aanbel March 31st, 2012

My chicken’s aren’t scared! They daily confront my 60lb (rescued) golden doodles, feral neighborhood cats (who have tried at times want to snuggle the night away with my birds) and my very curious nieces and nephews.
Zombies? No problem.
My girls are “mixed breed” and were called Red Producers when I bought them, but I fancy them having a more thoughtful pedigree so lets call them Rhode Island Reds. Harriet, has a bit of a hairlip, her original companion Maude (get it? Harriet and Maude?) was sadly killed by an overzealous doodle and is currently being transformed into an everlasting taxidermic state (I have visions of my great grand children saying “why do we have a stuffed chicken?” and my grandchild responding “because your great grandmother wanted to remind us to always be prepared for the zombie apocalypse”). Finally there is N.D.E. (“indy”) which stands for Near Death Experience; I rescued “indy” from (what could best be envisioned by readers as) a frat party that was getting way out of hand.
While I think my girls could create a lineage of highly adaptable, reliable and zombie-apocylpse-proof offspring, I’m always glad for an excuse to research (and lets face it, probably buy) another chicken.
Just in time for spring, I’ll be on the search for a Welsummer.
Thanks for the advice My Pet Chicken! Expect an order soon…

Jessica March 31st, 2012

I’m not gonna lie…. This article makes me want to go out and buy some welsummers.

Anabel March 31st, 2012

I really am smart enough to spell my name correctly, when I’m not caught up and distracted geeking-out on chickens! (^^see above post^^)

Vanessa Wyrick March 31st, 2012

My rescue white chicken from the truck headed to the “plant” may need protecting from the zombies! Thanks for the recommendation

Jessica March 31st, 2012

My favorite are the Australorp!

Chuck Osmin March 31st, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed the article. Choosing breeds is a difficult thing here at Snugglebunny Farm. My daughters like silkies, but they get too broody. My wife like RRR’s for their large beautiful eggs. My sons like the Phoenix because they are so docile and will let you pet them. I like Americanas for their colorful eggs. So we have some of each (except for the silkies at the moment). We also have some crested Polish mixed in. None of our chickens are “pure bred”. They are all free range and roost in our shrubs and trees.

Sarah McNeal March 31st, 2012

I would chose a Red Pyle Modern Game Hen. They look sort of like a sea gull and could confuse a zombie easily. While the zombie would be muttering, “What is that thing? Might it be edible?”, the Modern Game Hen could fly up into the zombie’s face and escape. I have a Red Pyle Modern Game Hen named Blanche. She is mean as can be and slightly psycho, so she could fend for herself were I not around.

Sara Cassese March 31st, 2012

Thanks for the reccomendation. Our family is new to having chickens and welcome any advice, whether it is for preparing for zombies or not.

Amy March 31st, 2012

It’s like Sophie’s Choice! I can’t decide. We love our Aracuana’s for their sweet behavior and blue-green eggs, but our Rhode Island Reds are also sweet and lay big, brown eggs every day. I’ll go with the Reds.

Sally Walsh March 31st, 2012

I would just like to get started with a few chickens. ๐Ÿ™‚

tonya kinney March 31st, 2012

what a great idea—I REALLLLLLLY want this book!!!!!!!! PLease !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Judi Reilly March 31st, 2012

I love all my “girls” but the RIRs probably come out first…nice big brown eggs..some double yolkers,,and the roo..Rooster Congburn,,,is such a gentleman..nice to his ladies,,looks out for them..not a mean bone in his body// Ya..its RIR in first place for me..

Lynne Carlson March 31st, 2012

Great blog! I’m new to chickens and I love watching their antics and getting to know them. We had predator problems and our first two hens were carried off by something, possibly zombies, but we have 12 youngsters now from 5 weeks old to just a few days old. I think my favorite breed are the dominiques. I love the black and white spots. I just like them all….

Andrew March 31st, 2012

I would choose the barred rock for the same reason that zebras do well in the savannah…those stripes!

Linda S-G March 31st, 2012

I will cross breed a Transylvanian naked neck, Sumatra, and a Frizzle. They wouldn’t be afraid of vampires, much less a zombie, the temperament of a karate fighter, and just enough dominating”frizzy” to scare any Zombie away! He’d be more mixed up than a feather in a whirlwind! I will name him Foghorn J. Leghorn II.

sabine brooks March 31st, 2012

i am new to raising chickens, need all info i caN GET

Jennifer Higgins Foster March 31st, 2012

The Welsummer seems to be the best choice against the zombies in my opinion too. First of all, I think they are the cutest little chicks with the markings on their heads. I don’t think one would have to take on a zombie because they could just out smart one.

GLENDA TADLOCK March 31st, 2012

I like the speckled Sussex. But I also like the Brown Leghorn. They both are fairly hearty birds, great layers, and pretty easy to deal with.

Danielle Brenner March 31st, 2012

Thanks for the great article

Susan Griggs Eldridge March 31st, 2012

We have several different breeds of chickens but always looking for different ones. This book would be wonderful to have for reference. Thank you so much.

Tamara Kleinsasser March 31st, 2012

Welsummer’s sound like lovely birds! There eggs sound beautiful! But our favorite breed are the Brahmas. We live in a colder area and their big bodies are well suited for our winters. Plus we love their gentle temperaments. And what happened to growing your own feed to supplement their foraging? …just saying ๐Ÿ™‚

Susan Wheeler March 31st, 2012

We are building a chicken coop as I write. Need all the help I can get. Looks like a very informative book. so far, am leaning towards Speckled Sussex, Americaunas and a couple Easter Eggers. I am liking a lot the Barnevelder, but they seem to be rather expensive and somewhat difficult to find locally, but would love some of these.

Donna Santi March 31st, 2012

I have seen my fair share of my bantam cochins ward off predators, chase down mice, ward off turkeys and what wonderful mommies they are!!

Chris Boe March 31st, 2012

My fiance and I are getting married in just over a month and I was able to find us a nice little place out in the country. On of the first things we are doing there the week of our honeymoon is cleaning out the existing chicken coop and getting it ready for our own chickens. After reading the blog, I would really like to get some Welsummer chickens for now and in case there is a zombie take over. I like its characteristics.

Michael March 31st, 2012

I do so like my ‘Cochin;s.’
They follow me around the property, and even come running to me when I call them..
They alert me when a strange animal (even People) come onto the property..
They team work together when going for free range food..
Each one of them lays 1 egg every 23 hrs.. which if I am outside, after they lay their egg in the hen box, they will come to get me to let me know… That really cracks me up!
Lastly, each one of them has their own individual personality… … and like to play…
A very nice and easy going breed…
~Michael.. ….

Sheila H. March 31st, 2012

I have Welsummers! They are wonderful chickens and the eggs are gorgeous. I also keep Buff Orpingtons so it is a very congenial flock. I’m a big fan of My Pet Chicken. You’re a great source of information and entertainment for us chicken fans. Thank you for all your efforts!

Cheryl March 31st, 2012

We have seramas, sultans, and silkies and love them all. They can be such sweet pets.

Bo March 31st, 2012

This book would come in really handy. We love our pet chickens.

Sharon Roberts March 31st, 2012

My 10 yr. old daughter says bantem rhode island reds…because of her favorite hen “Cookie Dough”. She may not be the best layer…but she is a best friend.

jacki March 31st, 2012

I have a mixed flock of 6 girls and Petunia, my Welsummer is my absolute favorite. When it comes time to replenish my flock i will certainly move to more Wellies… one cannot be too prepared for zombies.

Traci K. March 31st, 2012

Wow! Well, I already have a mixed flock which includes Speckled Sussex and Brahma, so your points were spot on. You’ve convinced me to ad Welsummer to my ‘to get’ list. Of course, my Speckled Sussex fought off a raccoon last summer, so that’s a start to zombie defense, right?

Tamara March 31st, 2012

I have the room for chickens and and some farm animals. I have been studing about the chickens for some time and this breed, welsummer, will be perfect for my first time chicken owner status. Eventually I would like to incorporate a variety but for now, to learn about chicken rearing I think this is my fav. Love this site! Learned so much so far.

pam johnson March 31st, 2012

I just love my black copper maren roo’s. Thet take care of the whole flock. Always the the gentlemen they let the ladies eat first. But will protect them from the terrible chicken hawk. The ZOMBIES won’t have a chance!

Macy Valaer March 31st, 2012

I believe it is any chicken I get from MY PET CHICKEN ! I love everyone of our birds !

Jennie Dean March 31st, 2012

I have no idea which breed to recommend for the zombie apocalypse, but I do love chickens and would love to win this book.

Shannon Donnelly March 31st, 2012

I’ve only ever had mixed breed chickens/dubious parentage chickens (and bantams at that) so I’d say some kind of cochin bantam mix (but I’m biased– I love my babies!)

June Isler March 31st, 2012

We have a small diverse flock where each chicken is a different breed. I truly love my hens and would never declare a favorite, but let’s just say you had my vote for the Welsummers at the title! ๐Ÿ™‚

Judy Moser March 31st, 2012

I’ll stick with my Silkie girls,, Ellen, Dolly and Nike. There is something to be said for a cute, cuddly chicken that will try to hatch anything during a disaster. I’ll send our tank of a Muscovey drake, Darth, out to patrol for zombies. He’ll attack anything.

Karen Tackett March 31st, 2012

I remember flipping back and forth through the pages of chick choices trying to put all the pieces together for which chick fit my area the best. Your article helps a lot with covering all the bases of what to consider. Thankyou!

Meadow Rogers March 31st, 2012

I love my chickens. I hope the zombies stay away for a little longer…lol. I don’t have a certain breed that I like more than others, but all my girls would be great for a zombie attack. They love to forage and I have several who get really broody, so I think I am prepared.

Melva Brady March 31st, 2012

i have Partridge Plymouth Rocks (from My Pet Chicken) and Rhode Island Reds (from an over run chicken farm) I am getting Wyandottes (from My Pet Chicken) in a couple of days. As far as the zombies go. If a hawk or other preditor come close, the chickens all bury their heads in the closest place they can find. So far that has worked !!! Maybe zombies need to see the whites of their eyes before they strike. If so mine will all survive.

Carol A. Boblit March 31st, 2012

What a great site. I am a chicken lover. Eggs are in the incubator this very day. Having a great time experimenting with the new varieties of chickens. All layers , we eat lots of eggs. Any new ideas from the Chicken Encyclopedia will be great.

Debbie Jaze March 31st, 2012

Lol. Very funny article, but I’m not sure about the best breed. That’s why I need the encyclopedia.

Gabrielle W. March 31st, 2012

What a fun article!
One of our favorite topics in our house is apocalypse topics. Though we have the weapons, the knowledge and the space to prepare for an apocalypse, we sure don’t have the animals, other than goats. Our horses are drama queens and only want the best, our chickens are very snobby and at times will refuse to lay for us….I have no clue what chicken breed is the best. I love polish’s but they aren’t the best layers and they don’t have much meat.

Julie March 31st, 2012

I used to have a Welsummer! Great companion she was. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nola Moss March 31st, 2012

We love our Golden Stars and our Production Reds..great foragers, awesome layers, funny and fierce in a good way..they chase the crows that venture near the garden and heaven help the local cat who tries to sneak into the yard! Zombies are no match for our girls!!

Kacie March 31st, 2012

I say it would be an Orpington cause they are calm, steady and dependable. If the zombies are coming to town I would want all those characteristics!

Barbara G March 31st, 2012

My mixed flock loves rain and heat and will eat anything, including a zombie. The Ameraucanas will stand guard, the Buff Orpingtons will say “What? Me worry” and keep eating, the Barred Rocks will chase the zombies and sit on their laps, the Black Stars will pecks their rears, (or anything bloody-looking), and the Rhode Island Reds will yell at them ’til they a) go away, or b) pet them. I don’t think any of them would feel seriously disturbed at all, and they are great foragers and reasonable meat birds to to boot.

Jodi March 31st, 2012

I’m looking to get a couple more chicks this spring. What a great blog!

All God's Creatures March 31st, 2012

Looks like after reading this article, that Welsummers are in our future! ;0)


Kristina March 31st, 2012

I’m sold. Welsummers will be next on my list.

Great article, btw!

Emily March 31st, 2012

Red and Black Stars ๐Ÿ™‚

Veronica N. March 31st, 2012

My daughter loves chickens. Now she has another reason for us to get one – in case of zombie apocalypse. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

Marilyn March 31st, 2012

My vote is for Dominiques. They have already proven their ability to survive by being the oldest breed in America.

Robin March 31st, 2012

Ive never had a Welsummer, but I really want to have sme now! I have Red stars and love them. I have Dominique’s too and they are very nice hens, good layers and very pretty hens.

Mandii March 31st, 2012

Right now I have a flock of only hens (plymouth rocks) and I’m thinking that when they are done in a few years, I might get the Welsumers next. They seem like a nice, well rounded bird. And then when my flock is done, I can use them to grow a new flock ๐Ÿ™‚ lol

Prajna Faux March 31st, 2012

If the internet is going to be gone during the ZA, I really need this book! And a couple of Welsummers, apparently.

Angela March 31st, 2012

When I ordered my chickens, I got a variety pack of 3 rare breeds and 3 assorted brown layers. I haven’t figured out all of the chicken breeds are, but I have a Red Star (possibly) and she is such a sweetheart. She’s gently, tolerant and curious and she’s a great layer to boot! I would suggest Red Stars if that’s what she is.

chris Garrett March 31st, 2012

I would have to agree with the wellsummers. I would probably have to also have some americuanas and some mille fleur Belgian booted bantams. The Millie’s are great broodie hens

Murphy March 31st, 2012

The welsummer wasn’t on my list of birds to get for my flock, but I do want to be prepared for a zombie invasion… but I was thinking that perhaps a naked neck would be more fitting… making the zombies think that those chickens also have the virus (due to their appearance).

Jenny Wagner March 31st, 2012

Well I am a new chicken owner and so far just have my six little 5 day old chicks. 3 are Wyandottes and 3 are Easter Eggers…. and I gotta tell ya, one of my Easter egger chicks has a very, should I say “assertive” personality. She might be able to take a zombie down!

Jon March 31st, 2012

Love these birds. Mine r almost like dogs. Great foragers.

Julie Owen March 31st, 2012

My chicken for the Zombie Apocolypse would be the White Langshan! They are good foragers, they can be broody, and they are good company. I may be lonely and they are fun to watch and ours likes to cuddle!

Sarah G March 31st, 2012

Having just got my first chicks I don’t have the experience to recommend a breed for the zombie apocalypse so I will have to take your word on the Welsummer!

Michelle March 31st, 2012

A well considered criteria. I’ll have to see how the breeds I’ve set my sights on, Ameraucana’s, New Hampshire Reds, and Copper Marans, stack up.

Julie March 31st, 2012

For the Apocalypse, I would think the Red Jungle Fowl would be the best–though not my fave. They are vicious broodies–peck my hands to the point of drawing blood when I try to check the eggs under them. They’re also broody birds. Every year at least one of the hens go broody. They also are good layers. Their eggs are smaller, but plentiful. They are also strong-lined, as every time I get rid of one, another somehow makes it’s way into my flock. They are ‘take it or leave it’ eaters. They’ll get their food usually when you’re not around & they forage more than most chickens. The roosters are dominating, but I haven’t yet had one attack me. They do go after the other roosters twice their size. The roosters are pretty & the hens are plain–blend in with the scenery (camouflage). I’ve never had a Jungle Fowl get sick & they seem very content in the cold Michigan winters. The only prob I’ve had with them is that they are more likely to fly over the 5-foot fence I put up, but in a way, that’s good, as if a predator got in they could easily get away as opposed to my heavier hens that can’t make it over the barrier.

Lisa M March 31st, 2012

My zombie apocalypse chicken would have to be the Saipan. Mine is gentle with my 2-1/2 year old but rules the flock. She is first in line for all the treats (she can swallow whole cherry tomatoes) and stuffs herself so she looks like she ate baseball. I love her long, clean legs and feathers that lay tight to her body. She always looks like she means serious chicken business.

Angie Chase March 31st, 2012

I love my Speckled Sussex and would love that book for my daughter , the chicken loving girl that she is !!

Tracy March 31st, 2012

Better late than never…I’m going with my Norwegian Jaerhons!

Michelle March 31st, 2012

Love them, good well rounded choice. Watch out zombies. ๐Ÿ™‚

Michelle Benge March 31st, 2012

My son’s goofy dog malled my 6 youngest chicks the black australorp. They were all covered in slobber, I was sure I would lose some. Thank God all are alive and well today.

Cynthia Castellanos April 1st, 2012

I would love to own a Welsummer if they would stay in the feed store long enough for me to buy! I do love my Ameraucanas though. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cynthia Castellanos April 1st, 2012

BTW, it is still March 31st on the west coast!

Robin April 1st, 2012

I don’t have any chickens yet but I hope the chicken encyclopedia can help me pick the best breeds for a zombie apocolypse!

Alana April 1st, 2012

Fun article! I bought Welsummers a couple weeks ago! Even the chicks are cutely camouflaged! Bring it on Zombies!

bradyn ford April 1st, 2012

i want the friendliest and most intelligent ….. Barred rocks for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sue Fischer April 1st, 2012

Welsummers are on my list of ‘wanna have’ breeds, and I think would do well with my current flock.

I currently live a self-sustaining existence–so important for these economic times, and times to come. I have over 75 hens–of different ages…who forage quite often and are also grain fed… I make my own butter, bread, grow my own tomatoes, cabbage, lettuc, do some canning. I love to eat wild onion and put it in my salads.

It is important to be prepared for the loss of big commercial grocery stores and such. We never know what tomorrow brings–having a lifestyle where you can be independent is rewarding and prepares us for harder times if they do come.

Cassie Barnett April 1st, 2012

I love my Buff Orpington! She quacks like a duck!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

David April 2nd, 2012

I want a nice breed like new hampshire red

Nicholas Bennett April 2nd, 2012

i want welsummer now lol

Douglas Vernon April 15th, 2012

This will be my fourth year for chickens. We started with a Barred Rock which was a gift from the neighbor across the street to my daughter. Of course, it turned out to be a rooster. Soon after, we were the proud owner of a Silver Lacewing Wyandotte, a White Leghorn, a Black Americauna and a Coquin. All hens. We live in the New Mexico desert, and before long, the Wyandotte and Coquin were found dead, head in the corner.. no real visible wounds.. not sure what killed them. Bantams did not do well here either. We still have the leghorn and the Americauna. Our second year, I tried several Auracanas (easter eggers) and, again, they did not fare well. We still have the Leghorn and the Americauna. Year three we got several Red Stars and Rhode Island Reds and still have two of the 7(Rhode Island Reds). One went roo on us, the others were hens. The minpin thought they were scrumptious.. the Red Stars, that is.. We still have the Leghorn and the Americauna. Today, mom went down to Tractor Supply with me and went wild over the ‘cute little chickies’ and bought me 6 from the bin.. Could be Golden Comet, Could be Tetra Tint, Could be Leghorn or I forget the other.. don’t really care. At this point, the Leghorns and the Americaunas win hands down.. cuz they are the only ones still alive. The Americauna is still laying eggs, even. The Rhode Island Reds are VERY good layers, and easy on the food, not too noisy. I get 6 eggs a week AT LEAST, from each hen. Sometimes they lay two a day. They lay off in the wintertime, probably because I take them off of laying feed. But we still have the Leghorn and Americauna.

sclinton April 23rd, 2012

hahaha, this is funny. Since our reds have started laying and I have planted my veggie garden this year (just moved onto 25 acres last year), I tell my kids we will be well nourished during a zombie apocalypse, lol.

Aurelia June 17th, 2012

Silkie or silver spangled hamburg both small and ssh lay medium eggs

Portia McCracken June 28th, 2012

Great essay! One can never be too well prepared, and I really appreciate the amount of thought you put into this question. Thanks!

Laura June 28th, 2012

I am just a beginner, but believe I am chicken/rooster crazy already. I have a New Hampshire Red Rooster named Cledus, one very smart Delaware hen named Pearl and one lovely New Hampshire Red hen named Honey. All three are thriving and are 15 weeks old. We received four more hens and one rooster four weeks ago. The rooster, a Leghorn named Linus is giving us a run for our money. He travels at the speed of lightening and is almost impossible to catch. His mate, a lovely female Leghorn is very cunning. Perhaps at the top of our favorite list is our Americana hen, Annie and Beatrice, our Barred rock. Both have very sweet personalities. Adele, our Australorp hen is somewhat sedate, very calm and likes her space. Our flock is growing and we are enjoying them so very much. I have read Gail Damerow’s book on chickens and use it as my bible to help us give our babies the very best of care! I would love to have her encyclopedia as well!!! Laura Reynolds – Forest, Virginia

Bil Mikulewicz June 29th, 2012

My four easter egger chicks arrived Monday night, and although I had not considered zombies as part of the selection criteria I’m relieved to see one vote for the breed I decided on. I am already amazed at how fast they are, and as zombies are well documented as a step and drag locomotion creature I have great faith in their survival abilities while foraging.
Now I’m concerned about the enclosure I’m building. Worried about predators I thought I had over engineered the structure to beyond military specs. But I was thinking in terms of racoons, not Racoon City!
If it were vampires, defense would be a lot easier. A perimeter of garlic border plantings outside the hardware cloth with a string of crosses, star of Davids, and crescent moons and stars hanging on all sides to hopefully to cover all bets. But zombies?
Back to the drawing board.

Kairi February 12th, 2013

I must admit- we don’t have chickens to survive the apocalypse- we have ducks!! My huge Muscovy males could take out a zombie easy with their big claws, and we don’t feed them much other than yard forage. Their eggs are almost twice the size if chickens and they are getting really broody this time of year. All winter they have refused to sleep in their house, and break the ice on their kiddie pool every morning to take a bath. But those chickens are awfully pretty!

Tracy February 22nd, 2013

Originally started with 1 rooster & bantam hen??? Had no idea what they were. The rooster does look like a Welsumer. Now have their chicks mixed with Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshire Red and Barred Plymouth Rock. Hands down, the best layers and brooders were the hens from the original 2. I plan on restocking some with more of these. Can’t beat the eggs (no pun) and the mothering! Thanks for the info! My kids always thought I was turning into a “Crazy Chicken Lady”. Now they know!

Kira March 15th, 2013

Welsummers sound great. My family just lost a chicken so maybe this might be the breed to get once we’re ready for a new bird. We do miss those chocolate brown eggs!

J. Rose October 31st, 2013

I’m a fan of Turkens. My ladies lay well, seem to forage well, and their look freaks people out enough that bad guys wouldn’t be likely to steal them.

Because as we all know, the zombies may be the least scary thing in the zombie apocalypse.

Melissa October 31st, 2013

I have some really hardy Easter Egger/Marans Crosses. They seem to have all of the traits of your Welsummers. They also seem to survive out where we live and there are plenty of raccoons, hawks, and owls patrolling for them! I bet they could even free range with the zombies running around and still survive!

Ann Patterson October 31st, 2013

I’m taking my red sex links and my Cochins. Hearty healthy forage well and friendly good egg producers .

Joan November 1st, 2013

Newbie here. Friend has chickens and has been encouraging my interest. Apocalypse or not, the Wellie sounds like a good choice for a first-timer too! Thanks for the input.

Jeff November 22nd, 2013

entertaining and informative ! I have Dominique chickens and love them. May have to add a Welsummer for added color. Great read.

Kim April 30th, 2014

I would take a flock of Australorps any day! We have a mixed flock, but our smartest, sweetest, best layer is by far our little runty Australorp. She was the tiniest of a batch of chicks a friend raised and we took her in. She is most definitely the “head bird”.

Tina April 30th, 2014

Don’t forget that zombies are attracted to sound! I have a Delaware hen (Stella) that is the bossiest, “talkiest”, annoying – but oh so very sweet and loveable chicken. She would not last long, I am afraid. I’m positive she couldn’t keep quiet even if being stalked by a predatory zombie. She’d be more likely to squawk a “hello” at it!

I suppose a quieter rooster would be a good thing, too, speaking of noise. Your mileage may vary, but my RIR roo, Godzilla, isn’t too loud or repetitive. And he’s smaller than my Brahma, Baby Roo, so less food needed.

My brahma hens, Merry and Pippin, may not lay as well, but they’d be good to have for going broody while my heavy duty layers like my red star and RIR hens could continue their jobs as layers. I think at least a couple Buckeyes, too. They do very well year-round in my area, continue to lay through the cold months, and they are good at keeping rodent populations in check! No one wants rodents in their gardens or their grains!

I have some really hardy Easter Egger/Marans Crosses. They seem to have all of the traits of your Welsummers. They also seem to survive out where we live and there are plenty of raccoons, hawks, and owls patrolling for them! I bet they could even free range with the zombies running around and still survive!

Tracey October 31st, 2014

I had one Welsummer, but did not have the best experience with her. She was pretty ill-tempered, and constantly bullied the other girls (below her in the pecking order) in my small flock. She only laid about one egg per week. Granted it was a big beautiful bronze-colored egg. I eventually had to eliminate her from my flock, and all the other girls seem to be healthier and happier now.

My vote for apocalypse chicken would be the Easter Egger. Mine lay like crazy. Their eggs have the most vibrant yolks. They were always the first ones to begin laying, they molt and recover amazingly fast, and they are very cold-hardy. Love the blue and green eggs too. Just an extra added pleasure.

I would take a flock of Australorps any day! We have a mixed flock, but our smartest, sweetest, best layer is by far our little runty Australorp. She was the tiniest of a batch of chicks a friend raised and we took her in. She is most definitely the โ€œhead birdโ€.

Rose April 9th, 2015

Thank you. My husband is fine with me having chickens (I got my first 6 3 days ago), but your article just helped my case, and to top it off, I’m trying to figure out if three of my chicks are Welsummers or Easter Eggers with a lot of Welsummer in them. Now, my husband is happy I have chickens too. Ok, maybe not happy, but less exasperated.

ุดุฑูƒุฉ ุชุฎุฒูŠู† ุงุซุงุซ ุจุงู„ุฑูŠุงุถ December 7th, 2015

My vote for apocalypse chicken would be the Easter Egger. Mine lay like crazy. Their eggs have the most vibrant yolks.

DB October 18th, 2017

What do the VEGAN ZOMBIES say?

“I want to eat your GRAINS!”

Lissa October 30th, 2017


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Edith March 31st, 2020

So the apocalypse at hand isn’t a zombie one, but I ended up picking Welsummers out of all the breeds I researched! The deciding advantage for me, which this article didn’t even touch on, is that the breed is popular enough to be in stock at a local feed store. I considered the possibility of ordering an even more self-sufficient breed, like Fayoumis or red jungle foul, from a hatchery… but right now there’s no predicting whether or not the mail system will actually be able to get baby birds from point A to point B in a timely manner, considering all the extra demand for shipping food and tp that it’s under. I figured that a quick trip to the feed store to pick up some reserved birds in person was on the whole less dangerous to everyone involved.

The article also understates just how beautiful the noises that welsummers make are! They are very musical birds; they sing each other when they find food or a good spot to sleep.

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