The Ultimate List of Backyard Chicken Breeds

by Kassandra Smith May 08, 2018

Whether you are a beginner chicken keeper or looking to add a new chicken breed to your backyard flock of chooks, there are so many chicken breeds to choose from! Which chicken breed will you choose? Have a peck at our ultimate chicken breed list below to find out more!

ancona chicken breed rooster

Ancona chicken breed

  • Country of origin
    • Italy
  • Eggs
    • Average 200 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White
  • Personality
    • Active and curious
  • Appearance
    • Mottled black and white plumage
    • Single or rose comb
    • Black mottled yellow legs

andalusian chicken breed

Andalusian chicken breed

  • Country of origin
    • Andalusia, Spain
  • Eggs
    • Average 165 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White
  • Personality
    • Cute and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Slate-blue plumage
    • Single comb
    • White earlobes
 

appenzeller chicken breed

Appenzeller chicken breed

  • Country of origin
    • Switzerland
  • Eggs
    • Average 220 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White
  • Personality
    • Active and curious
  • Appearance
    • Black, chamois, gold-spangled or silver-spangled plumage
    • V or rose shaped comb
    • Upright feather crest, upright tail feathers in both sexes

araucana chicken breed

Araucana chicken breed

  • Country of origin
    • Chile
  • Eggs
    • Average 270 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Blue or green
  • Personality
    • Active and curious
  • Appearance
    • Black, black-red, blue, crele, lavender, gold-duckwing, pile, silver-duckwing, spangled or white plumage
    • Pea comb
    • Bearded, muffed, tailed

Chickens

Australian Langshan chicken breed

  • Country of origin
    • Australia
  • Eggs
    • Average 250 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown
  • Personality
    • Active and curious
  • Appearance
    • Black, blue or white plumage
    • Single comb
    • Iridescent green in black plumage variety
  australorp chicken breed in chicken run Australorp chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • Australia
  • Eggs
    • Average 300 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown
  • Personality
    • Cute and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Black, blue or white plumage
    • Single comb
    • Iridescent green in black plumage variety
  barnevelder chicken breed Barnevelder chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • Netherlands
  • Eggs
    • Average 200 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown
  • Personality
    • Cute and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Black, double-laced, partridge, silver or white plumage
    • Single comb
    • Yellow legs
  Silver Porcelain Belgian D'Uccle chicken Belgian d’Uccle chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • Belgium
  • Eggs
    • Average 100 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Cream
  • Personality
    • Cute and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Millie fleur, black, porcelain, golden neck, mottled, blue or white plumage
    • Single comb
    • Feathered legs
  brahma chickens rooster in backyard Brahma chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • India
  • Eggs
    • Average 120 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown
  • Personality
    • Cute and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Black, blue-columbian, buff-columbian, dark, gold, light or white plumage
    • Pea comb
    • Feathered legs
  campine chicken breed Campine chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • Belgium
  • Eggs
    • Average 200 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White
  • Personality
    • Active and curious
  • Appearance
    • Gold or silver plumage
    • Single comb
    • Upright tail feathers in both sexes
  cochin chicken breed Cochin chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • China
  • Eggs
    • Average 120 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown
  • Personality
    • Cute and cuddly
  • Appearance
    • Black, blue, buff, gold-laced, partridge, silver-laced, splash or white plumage
    • Single comb
    • Feathered legs
  Cornish chicken in backyard Cornish chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • England
  • Eggs
    • Average 50 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown
  • Personality
    • Active and curious
  • Appearance
    • White, white laced red, dark plumage with brown patterning on a dark blue-green background (the Cornish Game) or lighter birds with the same patterning on a light wheaten background (Jubilee Cornish Game)
    • Pea comb
    • Thick yellow legs
  cream legbar chicken breed Cream Legbar chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • United Kingdom
  • Eggs
    • Average 150 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Blue, green or cream
  • Personality
    • Cute and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Gold, silver or cream plumage (cream is more common)
    • Single comb
    • Clean legs
  Johan & Croad Langshan Croad Langshan chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • China
  • Eggs
    • Average 140 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown
  • Personality
    • Active and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Black, white or blue plumage
    • Single comb
    • Feathered legs in males
  dominique chicken breed Dominique chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • United States of America
  • Eggs
    • Average 230 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown
  • Personality
    • Calm and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Black and white barred plumage
    • Rose comb
    • Five toes
  dorking chicken breed Dorking chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • England
  • Eggs
    • Average 150 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White or tinted
  • Personality
    • Calm and cute
  • Appearance
    • White plumage with a rose comb or silver-gray and red plumage with a single comb
    • Single or rose comb
    • Short legs, five toes
  faverolles chicken breed Faverolles chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • France
  • Eggs
    • Average 200 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Light brown or pink
  • Personality
    • Calm and cute
  • Appearance
    • White, salmon or mahogany plumage
    • Single comb
    • Feathered feet, five toes
  fayoumi chicken breed Fayoumi or Faiyumi chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • Egypt
  • Eggs
    • Average 90 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Cream or tinted
  • Personality
    • Active and curious
  • Appearance
    • Silver plumage
    • Single comb
    • Upright tail feathers in both sexes
  frizzle chicken breed Frizzle chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • South East Asia
  • Eggs
    • Average 150 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White or tinted
  • Personality
    • Cute and curious
  • Appearance
    • White, black, blue, buff or silver-grey plumage
    • Single comb
    • Upward curled feathers
  hamburg chicken breed Hamburg chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • Northern Europe
  • Eggs
    • Average 200 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White
  • Personality
    • Active and curious
  • Appearance
    • White, black, silver spangled, silver penciled, golden spangled, golden penciled, citron pencilled or citron spangled plumage
    • Rose comb
    • Upright tail feathers in both sexes
  houdan chicken breed Houdan chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • France
  • Eggs
    • Average 100 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White
  • Personality
    • Cute and friendly
  • Appearance
    • White or mottled plumage
    • Butterfly comb
    • Crest, five toes, beard
  isa brown chicken breed ISA Brown chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • France
  • Eggs
    • Average 300+ eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown
  • Personality
    • Curious and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Copper plumage
    • Single comb
  japanese bantam chicken breed Japanese Bantam chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • Japan
  • Eggs
    • Average 50 eggs per year
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    • Egg colour: Cream or tinted
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  • Personality"
    • Cute and calm  
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  • Appearance"
    • White, black, black tailed white, black tailed buff, barred, brown red, grey or wheaten plumage
    • Single comb
    • Upright tail feathers in both sexes
  leghorn chicken breed Leghorn chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • Italy
  • Eggs
    • Average 280 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White
  • Personality
    • Active and curious
  • Appearance
    • Golden duckwing, silver duckwing, partridge, brown, buff, exchequer, columbian, pyle, white, black, blue, mottled cuckoo, blue-red, lavender, red crele or buff columbian plumage
    • Single or rose comb
    • Upright tail feathers in both sexes
  french copper maran chicken breed Maran chicken breed
  • Country of origin"
    • France
  • Eggs
    • Average 150 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Dark brown
  • Personality
    • Cute and friendly
  • Appearance
    • White, wheaten, black copper, birchen, blue, salmon, blue silver salmon, silver cuckoo or golden cuckoo plumage
    • Single comb
    • Feathered and clean leg varieties
  minorca chicken breed Minorca chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • Spain
  • Eggs
    • Average 200 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White
  • Personality
    • Active and regal
  • Appearance
    • Single comb black, rose comb black, single comb white, rose comb white or single comb buff plumage
    • Single or Rose comb
    • White earlobes
  naked neck chicken breed Naked Neck chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • Romania
  • Eggs
    • Average 150 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Light brown
  • Personality
    • Cute and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Black, white, cuckoo, buff, red, or blue plumage
    • Single comb
    • Featherless neck
  new hampshire chicken breed New Hampshire Red chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • United States of America
  • Eggs
    • Average 150 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown
  • Personality
    • Calm and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Red-brown plumage
    • Single comb
    • Yellow legs
  old english game chicken breed Old English Game chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • United Kingdom
  • Eggs
    • Average 100 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Tinted
  • Personality
    • Active and curious
  • Appearance
    • Black-breasted red, brown-red, golden duckwing, silver duckwing, red pyle, white and black plumage
    • Single comb
    • Upright, slim body type
  orpington chicken breed Orpington chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • United Kingdom
  • Eggs
    • Average 200 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Light brown
  • Personality
    • Cute and calm
  • Appearance
    • Black, white, buff, blue or splash plumage
    • Single comb
    • Voluminous feathers
  pekin chicken breed Pekin chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • China
  • Eggs
    • Average 50+ eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown or tinted
  • Personality
    • Cute and calm
  • Appearance
    • Black, blue, buff, cuckoo, mottled, barred, columbian, lavender, partridge, white, birchen or silver partridge plumage
    • Single comb
    • Feathered legs and feet, voluminous feathers
  plymouth rock chicken breed Plymouth Rock chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • United States of America
  • Eggs
    • Average 250 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Tinted
  • Personality
    • Curious and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Barred, white, buff, silver penciled, partridge, columbian, blue or black plumage
    • Single comb
    • Yellow legs
  polish chicken breed Polish chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • Netherlands
  • Eggs
    • Average 200 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White
  • Personality
    • Calm and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Black crested white, white crested black, golden, silver, white or buff laced plumage
    • Duplex comb
    • Crest
  rhode island red chicken breed Rhode Island Red chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • United States of America
  • Eggs
    • Average 300 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown or tinted
  • Personality
    • Curious and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Red or white plumage
    • Single or Rose comb
    • Deep yellow legs
  sebright chicken breed Sebright chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • United Kingdom
  • Eggs
    • Average 50 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Cream or white
  • Personality
    • Active and flighty
  • Appearance
    • Silver or golden laced plumage
    • Rose comb
    • Upright tails in both sexes
  silkie chicken breed Silkie chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • China
  • Eggs
    • Average 150-200 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White or tinted
  • Personality
    • Calm and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Fluffy black, white, partridge, buff, gray, blue plumage
    • Walnut comb
    • Feathered feet, five toes
  sultan chicken breed Sultan chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • Turkey
  • Eggs
    • Average 180 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: White
  • Personality
    • Calm and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Black, white, blue plumage
    • V shaped comb
    • Crest, vulture hocks, feathered feet, five toes
  sussex chicken breed Sussex chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • England
  • Eggs
    • Average 250-350 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Light brown
  • Personality
    • Curious and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Brown, buff, light, red, speckled silver, white and coronation plumage
    • Single comb
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    • Voluminous feathers  
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welsummer chicken breed

Welsummer chicken breed
  • Country of origin
    • The Netherlands
  • Eggs
    • Average 160 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Dark brown
  • Personality
    • Calm and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Partridge, silver duckwing and the gold duckwing plumage
    • Single comb
    • Yellow legs

wyandotte chicken breed

Wyandotte chicken breed

  • Country of origin
    • United States
  • Eggs
    • Average 200 eggs per year
    • Egg colour: Brown or tinted
  • Personality
    • Calm and friendly
  • Appearance
    • Golden laced, silver laced, white, black, buff, columbian, partridge and silver penciled plumage
    • Rose comb
    • Voluminous feathers



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