Pet Chickens for Kids - Feathered Fun for the Whole Family!

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 21 July 2020

Are you considering keeping pet chickens for your family? A backyard flock of hens is a great addition to any home and garden. Pet chickens will provide your family with fresh eggs, cute companionship, learning opportunities and help in the garden.

Chickens make the best pets for kids. A chook flock provides fun and love, a sense of responsibility and teaches our children the importance of compassion and care. PLUS chickens are super cute, funny and affectionate and make great backyard pals for toddlers to teenagers and all in between. Let’s have a peck at the 3 reasons I think chickens make the best pets for kids.” - 3 Reasons Chickens Make the Best Pets for Kids

silkie pet chicken with kid in backyard

What Chicken Breeds are Best for Families?
Your kids will appreciate pet chickens that are docile, friendly and easy to handle. If you have small kids aged 2-6 we suggest looking at Silkies - they are extremely docile and will allow your kiddo to handle them if they are bonded from a young age. Have a peck at our top 5 suggested chicken breeds for kids here.

Are Chickens Easy to Care for?
With the right coop, tools, accessories and know-how a flock of backyard pet chickens is a breeze to care for. Your kids can even get in on the action with specific daily, weekly and monthly chores. Have a peck at our guide to how your kids can be involved in caring for the family flock right here.

girl holding pet chicken in backyard

Feathered Family Fun
It’s not all chores when it comes to chooks. A large part of your family chicken keeping adventure will be interacting with these mini dinos on a daily basis. Hens are far from bird-brains. They are smart and funny and will provide your family with entertainment and a true connection to a unique and charming pet. Have a peck at 3 easy tricks you and your kids can teach your pet chooks right here and get to know the chicken personality here.

Eggs! Eggs! Eggs!
Last but not least - chickens are of course famous for being providers of fresh eggs. Knowing your family’s morning breakfast has come from as far away as the backyard is a great way to ensure your brood is eating from a sustainable source. Have a peck at our guide to the best egg laying chicken breeds right here.

Choosing the perfect breed for your family is an eggstremely difficult task, especially when you want the best chooks for your kids. Before making that important decision, take a moment to consider all the other awesome breeds you could choose! From looks to traits to egg-laying talents - where should you begin?

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

We all want to do an eggcellent job when caring for our feathered friends. Many keepers struggle to handle chicken health or behaviour issues, especially in the first few years of having a flock. Chickenpedia have a broad 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 flock. 

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!

Ready to get crackin’ with chooks? Learn more about getting started with a flock of happy healthy hens in your backyard right here.