Are you thinking about getting chickens, not only for yourself, but hoping that chicken care and feeding will be something you can share with your kids? Well it is. Chickens are a great way to introduce small animal care to your kids, especially if you get chickens that are curious, lovable, and friendly rather than skittish or aggressive.
We’ve come up with 12 chicken breeds that you and your kids can enjoy:
These birds are friendly and unusual looking. However, their head feathers can obscure vision or get plucked by other birds. They can be trimmed for sight, and if raised with other birds are less likely to pick on them. ‘There egg production isn’t great, but it is reliable expect 2 white eggs per week, though they can be broody.
2. Buff Orpington
These large friendly birds that are curious and lovable. They often don’t mind being held and some like it. They also do well in confinement, so are a good option if you can not free-range your chickens. They will produce up to three large brown eggs per week.
Pros: These chickens are friendly, and because they are trainable make good show birds. They generally do not mind being held and even the males can be quite docile. They come in both bantam and standard sizes and a variety of colors and have feathers on their feet. The hens lay up to three brown eggs per week.
Pros: These fluffy birds come in bantam or standard sizes and in eight different colors. They do well in confined spaces and are a calm, quiet, and friendly breed. They will say up to 3 brown eggs per week
These birds are curious and friendly. They often make themselves the top bird in the hen house. They do well in confined spaces. They have gorgeous black feathers that turn iridescent green in the sun. They will lay up to 5 medium – large eggs per week.
6. Easter Egger
These birds are friendly and curious. They come in standard as well as bantam sizes and are an Araucana mix. This is not an official breed, but have been so named, because of their ability to lay green, blue, olive, or pink eggs. They can lay up to 4 eggs per week.
7. Plymouth Rock
These are commonly seen in New England and are gentle. They often get along with other pets and come in a standard size. They live longer than many chicken breeds and will lay 4-5 pinkish brown eggs per week.
8. Silkie Bantam
These chickens are small and lightweight. They come in a variety of colors and have five toes. Their eggs are small with a slightly pinkish tint. They are broody, so may not lay a lot of eggs.
These chickens are very docile and usually do well with young children. They have five toes and fluffy cheek feathers (AKA muffs) and sometimes have a feathered beard. They come in a variety of colors and can tolerate being confined to just a coop and run. They lay up to four light brown or creamy eggs per week.
10. Gold or Silver Laced Wyandotte
These birds are full of personality and will often be the top hen in the coop. They have a small comb, which can make the a good pick in colder climates as it is less likely to freeze. They come in a variety of colors that can be quite beautiful They are a small breed usually averaging only 6 lbs. They make great mothers and lay up to 5 pale brown eggs per week.
11. Coronation Sussex
These are large birds that are known to be gentle and sweet. They also make nice show birds and are easy for children to work with. The roosters often make excellent fathers, treating the chicks with care and patience. The Coronation Sussex is often described as a ‘lavender,’ but can be speckled or buff, and are excellent egg layers, laying up to 6 + light brown eggs per week.
12. Jersey Giant
The Jersey Giant is a large bird, but gentle and mellow also making them easy to handle. They get along well with other birds and animals and don’t make easy prey for hawks due to their size. They do well with children, but small children may be intimidated due to their size. They like to roam, but if you keep them enclosed, they will need at least 4 square feet per bird. The hens are good egg layers, laying 2-4 large, light-medium brown eggs. These birds are also good meat birds, but mature slowly. Place roosts low, so that they don’t hurt themselves when they jump down, and free ranging these birds helps with muscle development.