GUIDE: Chicken Breeds

You think that old plain green Rooster and White hen with the colored feather is the end of it? Well, thankfully, not so. In fact, there a multiple breeds of chickens, some more rare than other. Lets take a look at some of them, their rarity in the marketplace and some of their behavioral quirks to help get you started on the right foot. Remember, all new hatchlings begin as yellow and must grow into their colors.

ORIGINALS

Original Chicken Eggs are one single color. The color of the egg is (supposed too) represent the color of the tail feathers and wings. That said, the actual bodies of the Hens will still be white, the Roosters still green. So if you get some flaming Red egg, don’t expect a Red chicken. If it is a female, it will be a white Chicken with a red tail and wings. If the hatchling is a male, it will be green with red wings and tail.

The combination of colors in Original chickens is endless. Obviously, if you breed your Red Chicken with a Blue Chicken, you will get.. wahla, a Green Egg.

MARKETPLACE STATUS: Saturated

VALUE: 25-50 Lindens

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NEW WAVES

New wave chickens are different ONLY from Originals in that they have two different colors rather than one. New Wave eggs have a shell where the top is one color (Representing the color of the wings) and the bottom is another color (Representing the color of the tail). Because the bodies of the chickens remain, even still, white or green, the various combinations can make up some pretty homely chickens… and a lot of people argue that it’s a challenge to get eggs with a dual color that is complimentary.

As stated in a  previous post on this blog, the are Red/Green, Green/Blue, Red/Blue new wave chickens everywhere you look in mass. That’s because these were the colors released primarily by the Starter Kit that people purchased from Sion Vendors. While people have managed to mute the severity of some of the colors, the dual tone of wings and tail wasn’t enough to send people wild about New Waves, but for some reason they are priced slighly higher in the Secondary Market, thought not moving any faster from shelves.

Mating a New Wave Chicken with an Original will always produce a New Wave Egg. Yes, you can breed two different species together! This is what has helped some breeders reduce the extreme contrasts in their coloring to something more appealing to the eye.

Clicking on a New Wave Chicken or egg, you will see two toggling colors flashing back and forth displaying their vector colors. The colors are numerical values that indicate how much of the three primaries (RGB) the chicken will possess. Color 1 vectors show the color of the wings. Color 2 shows the color of the tail.

MARKETPLACE STATUS: Saturated

VALUE: 60 – 100 Lindens (Sever colors or non-complimentary colors are lower end.)

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ANCIENTS (Also called 0GA)

Ancient Eggs are laid by normal, everyday Original or New Wave Chickens spontaneously, and while the egg still maintained the color values (or Genetics) that their parents gave them, they have one other spectacular feature that others don’t: They Glow. The Egg glows and so does the resulting Chicken.

Earlier on, these eggs were highly sought after possessions because of their suggested rarity and fetched between 7-10k on the Secondary Market. You can breed these Ancients with any other breed, whether Ancient or not, but if you want to continue the Ancient lineage, it is best to try to breed Ancient to Ancient. An Ancient coupling will produce what is called 2nd Generation Ancient Eggs (See entry below.)

Over time, Ancients have become more abundant with the massive influx of Breeders churning out eggs in large quantities, resulting in a great deal of their novelty being lost.

MARKETPLACE STATUS: COMMON

VALUE: 2,000 – 2,500 Lindens

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2nd Generation Ancients (Also called 2GA)

2nd Generations Ancients are the offspring of two Ancient parents – Both the Mother and Father were of the Ancient breed. With more and more people producing and breeding pairs of Ancients, the availability of 2nd Generation Ancients skyrocketed – even surpassing in numbers the growing prominence of first Generation Ancients!

2nd Generation Eggs and Chickens also glow like their parents, but they glow less radiantly. With each generation down, the glow diminishes. A pair of 2nd Generation Ancients will produce yet a third generation of Ancients (see Below) which have become as commonplace as any Original egg.

MARKETPLACE STATUS – SATURATED

VALUE – 200 – 250 Lindens

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3rd GENERATION ANCIENTS (Also called 3GA)

Like those before them, 3rd Generation Ancients also glow, but even less than their 2nd Gen. Parents, however their display header, which is what you se when clicking on an egg or chicken, will NOT identify it as an Ancient Breed: It will simply say Original or New Wave. The only way to identify a 3GA from any other Egg or chicken is by the subtle glow. Unfortunately, these can be found almost anywhere, at any booth in vast colors and quantities.

MARKETPLACE STATUS:  SATURATED

VALUE: 100-150 Lindens

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SCARCE

This is just about where Sion got the the concept of “Rare” right! The Scarces are a breed of great appeal mainly because they have a Black body! Gone are the days of mundane Green Roosters and Pasty white Hens, the introduction of the Scarce breed shook things up a bit! While their wings and tails will still be from their Parents Genetics, their body will always exclusively be black, so a Scarce is not hard to spot!

That is… except when they are an egg. The Scarce Breed eggs have no defining qualities except for the breed indication in the display panel above it on click. The eggs will look like any other common egg, and this has lead a lot of hurried breeders to mistakenly package them up and sell them below their value.

One thing about Scarces that makes them incredibly unique, side from color, is how aggressive they are. Those of the Scarce Breed must ALWAYS be isolated from other Hens and Roosters, even those of their own breed, or they will kill them. It does not matter if they are male or female, the Scarce have an aggression fact that can make breeding tricky, but it can be done! Wait until the Male has an anger range between 85-95% and then move the intended Hen to him for courting. As soon as he Cock-A-Doodle-Doo’s move the Hen immediately back to her own pen to avoid tragedy!

A Scarce breeding pair will not ALWAYS produce another scarce, which is great news if the intention is to preserve or increase their value. However, a Scarce breeding Pair has a significantly better chance of having a Scarce offspring than any other possible pairing.

Scarces have been aptly named because, generally, as of this writing, they are pretty scarce, but seem to be growing in visibility, so buyer beware and be aware of the future possibility of saturation.

MARKETPLACE STATUS: RARE

VALUE: 1,800 – 4,000 Lindens

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PERFECTS

A perfect Egg is not a Breed of Chicken! However, it is a unique egg with a bit more value in the marketplace than a common egg. There is no cosmetic way to identify a Perfect Egg besides clicking on them to see their display color vectors, wherein all three values will be identical. If it is a New Wave egg, all 6 values in both colors will be identical. They increase in value the closer to absolute black or absolute white they are, so it is hard to place a figure on a Perfect egg!

MARKETPLACE STATUS: UNCOMMON

VALUE: Blacks below 0004 in vector 1500-2500 Lindens

Whites above .96 in vector 1500 – 25000 Lindens

All other variations 200-300 Lindens

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ASTRAL

The Astral Breed was introduced in version 12 and only one has reportedly been laid so far. This new breed of Chicken can only be laid by version 12 chickens. The Egg itself is easily identifiable as it is almost transparent. The rarity of these Eggs are difficult to foresee, but if the rate of appearance is any indication so farm then these will be the rarest of them all.

MARKETPLACE STATUS: SUPER RARE

VALUE: 50,000 Lindens (The asking price of the first Astral Holder – this will likely come down considerably over time)

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UNKNOWN BREED

According to Sion’s release notes, there is a Secret Breed of chickens that has not yet been discovered. These can only be produced by Version 12 Chickens who feed upon a certain variation of SionCorn. We will update as events transpire.

MARKETPLACE STATUS: TBD

VALUE: TBD

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