Many different types of poultry or domesticated birds are raised for their eggs, meat, feathers and work, and these include chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigeons, geese and ostriches. Chickens can be divided into three different categories, including laying breeds that have a high capacity to lay eggs, such as the Red Sex Link and White Leghorn.
Meat breeds, such as the Cornish breed, are efficient at producing meat, while dual-purpose breeds, such as Rhode Island Red, are the classic backyard chicken that lay large eggs and are self-reliant and hardy. Turkeys are solely raised for their meat and only have one breed but various varieties. Pigeons are kept for their meat, while pheasants are used for their meat and for hunting purposes.