There are literally hundreds of different types of chickens, each with its own distinct personality. This is not a “TOP TEN” list, and there are undoubtedly other excellent chicken breeds that are good with children. This is merely a list of 10 chicken breeds to consider for young farmers.
Australorp chickens are black and come from Australia. Their feathers are iridescent green and glitter in the sunlight. Australorp feathers may develop a small brown/gray speckle towards the tips as they mature. Australorp hens often become the flock’s leader because they create a modest dominance and have a homebody attitude that makes them appropriate for confinement in smaller places where they like to stay anyhow. Australorps are extroverted, inquisitive, and sociable birds that lay five medium/large brown eggs every week on average.
Brahma chickens are available in both standard and bantam sizes. They are sociable, not fearful, and can even be trained. They are ideal chickens for youngsters to keep for show since they have a gorgeous, distinct look with white feathers over their body and head, black feathers around their neck and tail, and they really come in a number of various colors, as well as feathers on their feet.
Brahmas are more docile than other breeds and don’t mind being handled [again, remember to wash afterward] (even Brahma roosters). Brahma chickens lay three brown eggs every week on average.
3. Buff Orpington
Buff Orpington chickens, originated from England, are a big, loving breed with golden coloured feathers. They are sometimes referred to as “the golden retrievers of the chicken world.” They are affectionate, curious, and like being held [remember to wash your hands after touching your birds, their food, and their surroundings].
While Buff Orpingtons do well in confinement, it is always best to let any chicken breed to walk about. A tidy coop and a good run will keep these hens happy and productive in terms of egg producing. Buff Orpington chickens can “become broody,” which means they cease laying eggs for sustenance and become possessive of their eggs and nesting box.
They really want to be mothers and care for their young chicks. This can be a wonderful event for young one to observe, but you should not expect your hen to produce eggs if she becomes broody. Buff Orpington chickens typically lay three eggs every week. Their eggs are big and brown in hue!
Cochins are believed to have originated in China. They have fluffy feathers covering their bodies and feet, and some have curled “frizzed” feathers. They are available in up to eight distinct colours and two sizes (standard or Bantam) Cochins may live their whole lives in a chicken coop, but they can do well wandering wild.
They are quiet, resilient, incredibly peaceful, and friendly, to name a few of their greatest features. A Cochin hen, though not the most prolific layer breed, can lay up to three eggs each week.
5. Easter Egger
Isn’t that a great name for a chicken? It’s enough to make you want that breed simply for the name! However, there are also more compelling reasons to keep Easter Egger chicks. Easter Egger hens derive their name from a genetic quirk that allows their eggs to be a rainbow of colors ranging from pink to green to olive to blue.
Collecting eggs from these birds may be a delightful learning experience every morning. Easter Eggers are not a specific breed of chicken, but rather a variety of bird. They are available in normal and bantam sizes, and their capacity to lay varied colored eggs is due to having one parent that is either Americana or Araucana and the other parent being another breed.
Easter Egger hens lay around four eggs a week and are friendly birds that are good with kids and fun to raise and care for.
Faverolle chickens have five toes and are distinguished by their feathery beards and “muffs” (fluffy cheek feathers). They are of French origin and are available in a range of hues. Their most popular hue is “Salmon,” and they are excellent for children due to their calm disposition. They may be good layers, laying four eggs each week that are a light, creamy brown hue.
7. Plymouth Rock
Plymouth Rock chickens were created in the nineteenth century by breeders in England. They are still a popular breed today, particularly in that region. These hens are noted for having a long life, getting along with other pets, and getting along with people.
They have black and white striped feathers that give them a speckled zebra appearance. They are a standard-sized chicken that may lay four or five pinkish/brown eggs every week.
Polish breed chickens have a striking appearance with a big headdress of fluffy feathers that can cause vision problems and may become a target for other chickens in the roost who may wish to establish a superior order, but these feathers can be trimmed and there is generally no problem with hen yard bullying when this breed is raised with other breeds.
The Polish is available in bantam and standard sizes and is not a good egg layer. With Polish hens, two eggs per week is a lucky yield!
9. Silkie Bantam
Silkie Bantam is another Chinese chicken breed (bantam means small). After visiting China in the thirteenth century, Marco Polo described this breed. They are incredibly light, tiny, and simple to use. They have several odd characteristics, such as fluffy feathers that seem like fur and give the bird a bit of an afro on top.
Their five-toed feet are likewise coated in fluffy feathers and have black flesh. Most chickens have only four toes and their feet are covered with yellow skin. Silkies frequently get broody, making them a very peaceful pet bird but poor layers for egg production.
When a Silkie hen is laying, you may expect up to three eggs each week that are cream, white, or occasionally pinkish in color and roughly half the size of a conventional egg.
The Silver or Golden Laced Wyandotte is a lovely chicken breed that originated in the United States. Although silver and gold are the most frequent hues, these birds come in a variety of hues. This breed is better suited to colder climates since its rose-style comb is less susceptible to frostbite, which may be a concern for certain breeds.
The Silver or Golden Laced Wyandotte is a smaller breed, with hens weighing around six pounds on average. These chickens make excellent mothers and lay 4-5 eggs each week. Their eggs are light brown in hue.
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