Fancy Chickens, Fabulous Coops & Perfect Eggs

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 17 November 2018

Chickens are the perfect pet. A bold statement, we know. But how can you deny it when a flock of lovely ladies is pottering about your garden? Hens are beautiful to look at, lovely to spend time with and provide you with fresh, nutritious and organic eggs. They really are a triple treat pet!

Fancy Chicken Breeds
One of the most wonderful things about keeping chickens is the variety of gorgeous chicken breeds available. While a plain red hen is a classic in the coop, you can also keep a flock with a rainbow of patterned plumage! Here are our top 3 fancy chicken breeds to make any chicken run a wondrous menagerie of colour and pattern.

barnevelder chicken in backyard

1. The Barnevelder Chicken Breed

"The Dutch bred barnevelder breed has to be one of the most popular, distinctive and attractive types of backyard chickens in Australia." - 5 Reasons to Love Barnevelder Chickens

faverolles chicken in backyard

2. The Faverolles Chicken Breed

"Developed in Northern France at the turn of the 20th century, Faverolles are a fluffy and feathery breed famous for their genial nature and good looks." - 5 Reasons to Love Faverolles Chickens

belgian duccle chicken in backyard

3. The Belgian d'Uccle Chicken Breed

"The Belgian d’Uccle chicken is one of the sweetest, loveliest and cuddliest pets in the whole wide world." - 5 Reasons to Love Belgian d'Uccle Chickens

Fabulous Chicken Coop Inspiration

Gone are the days of the humble backyard chicken coop. Our flocks reside in luxury real estate for chickens! From Hamptons chicken chic to modern and bright - the decor possibilities are endless with a Taj Mahal, Penthouse or Mansion coop. Here are some fabulous examples of how you can have the chicken coop of your dreams that perfectly matches your personal style and your home’s design.

the taj mahal chicken coop with pretty accessories and fairy lights

the penthouse chicken coop painted white

the mansion chicken coop stylish modern and perfect for large chicken flocks

large painted white mansion chicken coop and free range run area

Style doesn’t stop at the coop. Pop on over here for some fantastic examples of chicken run landscaping done right.

 Perfect Eggs

Of course, the provision of fresh, nutritionally rich eggs on a daily basis is a great reason to keep your own flock of hens! Lazy Sunday breakfasts and weeknight recipes are a breeze with your own egg supply, and knowing your eggs are fresh, ethically raised and organically produced is certainly a perk.

While most chickens lay on a regular basis, there are some breeds that outperform their feathered friends in quantity and quality. If having a fresh daily supply of breakfast eggs is your priority we have three beautiful birds in mind…

australorp chicken in backyard

1. The Australorp Chicken Breed

"The locally bred australorps are a favourite in many Australian backyards due to their brilliant black, white or blue plumage, eggceptional egg laying talents and their characteristic happy-go-clucky Aussie attitude." - 5 Reasons to Love Australorp Chickens

leghorn chicken in backyard

2. The Leghorn Chicken Breed

"Leghorn chickens are adventurous, spirited, friendly and wondrous egg-layers." - 5 Reasons to Love Leghorn Chickens

plymouth rock chicken in backyard

3. The Plymouth Rock Chicken Breed

"The Plymouth Rock chicken is a wonderful breed of chook for first time keepers and seasoned Chicken Ladies and Lads alike." - 5 Reasons to Love Plymouth Rock Chickens

There are also a variety of hens that lay coloured eggs! Have a peek at our guide to a rainbow of cackleberries right here.

Aside from their pretty plumage, charming personalities and egg laying prowess, there are so many other reasons to keep a flock of fabulously feathered hens. Pop on over here to read more.