The Top 5 Chicken Breeds for Small Backyards

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 08 January 2019

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Hello Chicken Keepers!

The modern trend towards subdivided blocks and close quarter living leads some people to worry that they’ll never know the joy of keeping backyard chickens. But fret not, friends! Keeping a fabulous and feathery flock of hens in our urban and suburban backyards is totally possible! There are certain chicken breeds that respond well to confined foraging areas. So if you have a small backyard or would prefer to keep your future chookies in a specific area of your garden, these breeds will work perfectly.

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Silkies are the most docile breed of chickens. Small in stature but large in heart, these fluffy and affectionate hens are the perfect backyard pet for anyone with a small block or those looking for a poultry pet that won't break the budget or ruin their prized veggie patch.

Belgian d’Uccles

To spend an afternoon watching these feather footed bantam chooks potter about your back garden is total bliss. Belgian d’Uccle chickens are truly one of the cutest chicken breeds available and their docile yet curious and cheeky personalities will have you beak over feet in love before you can say begerk.

Naked Necks

Although Naked Neck chooks - also known as Transylvanian Naked Necks and Turkens - are a strange sight to behold, you will be pressed to find a more affectionate and docile breed of chicken. These girls respond well to a smaller environment and as a bonus, make great conversation starters at any garden party.

Pekin Bantams

Pekin Bantam chickens are the quintessential fluffy bum chook. Small, voluminous and cute beyond comprehension, these feather balls will have all your friends oohing and ahhing as they quietly and adorably waddle around your background.


The Faverolles chicken breed is exotic and friendly. These feather footed and muff wearing chooks are placid and enjoy a quiet potter around a small backyard. Pop out to the back garden with a Sunday morning croissant and coffee and watch your French ladies forage for any bugs that threaten your provincial flower beds.

Still not sure what breed of chook is best for you? Have a peck at our Top 20 Chicken Breeds for Your Backyard here.

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Feathers Forever,

Kassandra x

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