5 Best Chicken Breeds For Backyard Pets

by Jess N

Published June 11, 2018

Looking for a chicken breed that would make a great backyard pet? Check out these 5 Best Chicken Breeds for Backyard Pets.

1. The Buff Orpington is a great dual-purpose breed. They are known for their “fluffy” appearance as well as their gentle demeanor. Buff Orpingtons are a heavy breed, with good egg production, and are cold hardy. They are friendly, and affectionate, which makes them a great choice for children.

Buff Orpington Day Old Chicks Meyer Hatchery
Golden Laced Wyandotte Day Old Chick Meyer Hatchery

2. Another calm and hardy breed is the Golden Laced Wyandotte. Golden-laced Wyandottes are known for their golden feathers with black markings. The Golden Laced Wyandotte’s body is well rounded, and they have a tight rose comb, making them very cold hardy. Golden Laced Wyandottes are a heavy bree, and have a very good egg production rate.

3. Looking for an exciting breed, full of colors? Then the Easter Egger is for you. Easter Eggers can lay a variety of colored eggs including olive green, turquoise blue, and sometimes brown.  Easter Eggers are also known for their exciting feather colors as well. They are very docile breed, and are both cold and warm hardy. Easter Eggers are a small breed that are active and friendly.  Another great breed for children.

4. The Speckled Sussex is a breed known to be excellent foragers and is a great idea for free-range options. They are a very cold hardy, heavy breed. The Speckled Sussex has a calm demeanor and is an excellent dual-purpose breed.  

5. The Barred Plymouth Rock is a classic breed, loved by many. Barred Rocks are very friendly and do well in cold climates. They have a high egg production rate and are a heavy breed.  Their docile personality and hardiness make them a great addition to your backyard flock.

Easter Egger Day Old Chick Meyer Hatchery
Speckled Sussex Chicken Breed - Meyer Hatchery
Barred Plymouth Rock Chicken Breed - Meyer Hatchery

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