Pretty Plumage - The 5 Most Beautiful Chicken Breeds

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 18 July 2020

Some people only expect eggs from their chookies. And that’s a shame! Because these gorgeous girls can be so much more! Next time you’re bored, why not try watching some Chookie TV in the backyard? Pretty soon you’ll be entranced by the storylines - who’s pecking who, and what the cluck did Doris just say?!

But what every good show needs is a cast of colourful characters. So why not spice up your backyard flock dynamics with one of these beautiful chicken breeds?

wyandotte chicken breed


Each individual feather of the Wyandotte chicken is packaged like a precious gift - outlined in black, brown, blue or salmon ribbon, these girls are familiar with a little thing called framing. They come in gold-laced, silver-laced, blue-laced, and salmon-laced varieties: one for every season, so you have no excuses!

barnevelder chicken breed


The Barnevelder takes things an extra step further with a double-laced pattern: a gorgeous ‘fanning’ design that gets better the closer you look. If they weren’t so dignified, we might even accuse them of showing off.

welsummer chicken breed


The Welsummer flips the script completely by having feathers that are lighter closer to the edges, creating a beautiful dappled effect. The hackle feathers around their neck tend to be a lighter colour, because a girl’s gotta accessorise.

frizzle chicken breed


Well, speaking of flipping the script, how about flipping the feather? The frizzle chicken does just that in a bold move that has most definitely paid off. Flaunting all conventional beauty standards, all of the Frizzle’s feathers point upward, as if to say, ‘up yours, ladies’.

silkie chicken breed


The Silkie on the other hand carries herself with the effortless cool that comes with being the most popular bantam chicken around. Maybe she’s born with it? Wait a minute, of course she is!

You’ve seen some beautiful chickens, now how about some beautiful eggs?

Whether you're looking for chooks with style, class, or incredible eggs, choosing the right breed for you can be a challenge. It can be eggstremely overwhelming to find the perfect breed for your family. With so many options, where should you begin?

Cluckily, our friends over at Chickenpedia have created an amazing Chicken Breeds Course. This extensive online course shares useful advice on choosing the right chickens for you as well as size & frequency of eggs laid. You will even learn about their individual personalities, and be able to use their family-friendly compatibility scale through this well-structured program. It really is a great way to find your perfect backyard buddies which is why I highly recommend them to all of my readers!  The courses are beginner-friendly and filled with vital information to help you raise a happy, healthy flock.

We all want to do an eggcellent job when caring for our feathered friends. Unfortunately, many of us struggle to handle chicken health or behaviour issues, especially in the first few years of having a flock. Chickenpedia have a full range of comprehensive online courses that cover everything you didn’t know you need to know and then some more! From healthcare to raising baby chicks to feeding and behavior, get the knowledge and confidence to successfully look after your chickens like an eggspert!

As a member, you will get access to ALL their fantastic courses. So, no need to wing it, become a confident chicken keeper. Click here to check out Chickenpedia today!

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