Think keeping backyard chickens is a little too old school? Here’s something that could change your mind.
The Pickin’ Chicken app for iOS lets you research and select breeds from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (Apple mobile devices only). Developed by Funny Farm Industries and released in partnership with Mother Earth News, it’s a high-tech complement to a distinctly low-tech hobby.
It not only looks really cool (then again, I think everything in iOS looks cool), it’s also got some cool stuff in it.
A few key features:
- A guide to 75+ chicken breeds and 100 varieties with more than 250 photos. You can search for the best breed for your situation based on results from 14 searchable characteristics.
- Information from the American Livestock Breed Conservancy on rare, heritage, and endangered breeds
- Additional resources for chicken care
Here are a couple of screenshots. First is of the “eggspert” search feature that lets you pick directly from a number of key variables. You can also opt to go through a guided series of questions instead.
The next screenshot gives you an idea of all the detailed information you get on the breeds you select.
It’s great to have all this at your fingertips. Often when we’ve gone to select chicks from the store, either the breeds we wanted weren’t in or other interesting breeds were. We buy from experts who know their breeds, but to have tailored recommendations in your back pocket will help you make the best call on the spot.
Learn more and get the app here.
Winners of the Pickin’ Chicken app contest
We drew three winners at random from the comments posted below (as of April 2, 2011) and sent each of them a free download code for the app. Congratulations to Georgianne, Cathy, and Vanessa! And thanks to everyone who posted for a chance to win.
What are your favorite chicken breeds? Share them with us in a reply to the post. Or if you don’t have favorites yet (that’s what the app’s for, right?), what are your reasons for keeping chickens?