If you’re here, I’m pretty sure you’re probably raising certain types of chickens for their eggs.
It’s usually why people get into chickens in the first place! Then, very quickly, you realize it’s a lot of fun to own these weird little cluckers and each has a distinct personality…….and you fall in love.
Some types of chickens are great layers, some are good for meat, and some are perfect as pets. And some you need in your life just because they’re fun and quirky (and you can put bows on them).
In this article, we’re going to show you the best types of chickens that are perfect as pets!
Chicken breeds for eggs
Marans, which originated in France, can lay anything from a light brown egg to the coveted chocolate-colored eggs (said to be the best in the world).
The first few eggs a marans hen lays can be darker than subsequent ones, unlike other chicken breeds. Chart your flocks egg colors to see if her eggs stay the same shade! There’s several different types of marans, such as Black Copper, Blue Copper, Cuckoo, and Wheaton.
This type isn’t really a breed, but a modern strain, created for high egg production. They lay very consistently, and some will even lay throughout winter.
Plymouth Rock Chickens
This is an old breed that’s been raised in the United States for hundreds of years. They lay about 280 eggs a year and the roosters are great guardians and protectors.
Easter eggers are not breeds of chickens, but rather a hybrid between chickens carrying the blue laying gene and another breed, such as New Hampshire Chickens.
If you’re looking for a healthy types of chickens that lay all sorts of colored eggs, then definitely raise Easter eggers, but know the color of the eggs isn’t guaranteed, since they don’t breed true.
Types of chickens for pets & children
Out of all the types of chickens, Silkies are best known for their even, friendly temperaments, and some silkies are even used as therapy chickens for special-needs children because they’re so good with people.
They’re adorable with fluffy feathers and 5 toes on their feet. Adult males get around 4 pounds. Hens go broody easily, and they will hatch eggs other than their own.
Rhode Island Reds
Rhode Island Reds is one of the oldest types of heritage chickens in America. There’s industrial strains, bred for egg production as well as the heritage strains, which are larger.
They’re docile and friendly types of chickens, and easily trained to be held in your lap. They also happen to be excellent layers, and can produce about 280 eggs each year!
Ameraucanas are great pet types of chickens because they lay beautiful blue eggs and are small and look adorable. An American breed, they were developed intentionally to preserve the blue egg laying gene of the Araucana (which is the only type of chickens evolved to carry the blue egg laying gene), but to eliminate the some of the lethal genetics of the Araucana breed.
Beautiful types of chickens
Hamburg chickens are beautiful with black and white feathers. They’re great layers, and you can get either full sized or bantam types.
These types of chickens look a bit like cartoon characters with big tufts of feathers on their heads (they look like pom poms!) Polish bantams come in a variety of colors, and are calm and docile. I mean, who wouldn’t love looking at these cluckers all day?
This breed is becoming more popular because…well…..lavender. They’re not really purple, although some owners disagree! They’re a type of orpington, which are known for being great layers. They’re also great companions!
Sultans are one of several heritage chicken breeds that are critically endangered. They were bred in Turkey as ornamental birds for the gardens of the Sultan (in fact, their actual name is Serai Taook, which in Turkish means Sultan’s Fowl.) They’re very pretty chickens, with tufts of feathers on their heads and feathered feet.
How neat are these chickens? Their curled feathers are a genetic trait, and are certainly a show stopper! These types of chickens are docile and happily will sit on eggs for you when they’re not strutting around your yard!
These types of chickens are super cool – they have black and white feathers, and tufts of feathers on their feet. They’re docile and happy to hang out on your lap! Best of all, you can get them as average sized chickens, or as large as turkeys! How cool would a huge rooster like this be in your backyard!