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What Is The Friendliest Chicken Breed?

Friendliness in chickens is down to two factors - the breed, and handling. Many breeds are naturally nervous, and some can even be a bit aggressive. Male birds - cockerels, or roosters - can never be considered friendly.

Orpington Chickens are friendly
Orpington Chickens are a friendly breed

A hen of a docile breed, who is used to being handled, can become very tame and friendly. These are considered some of the best friendly fowl (and therefore mot suitable for children, too):

  • Australorp
  • Barred Rock
  • Brahma
  • Cochin
  • Easter Egger
  • Golden Buff
  • Orpington
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Rhode Island Red
  • Silkies (and most other bantams)
  • Sussex
  • Wyandotte

Tameness doesn’t come naturally, though. The hens need to have been handled from a young age. By the time they’re old enough to lay eggs, they’re a bit more set in their ways. But even then the breeds in the list above can eventually get used to moving amongst humans.

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