New to chicken keeping or looking for an extra-friendly breed? We were too! Two years ago we started building our flock and we wanted to start with easy-keeping, kid-friendly birds. We did some research on the best chicken breeds for beginners before we added any hens to our little country homestead. We still have 5 hens left from our original flock, they’ve been staying at my mom’s barn since we took our 1-year road-schooling adventure last spring. As much as we wanted to take them, the girls just could all come with us in our camper.
Now that we are good and settled into our new farmhouse, we’re working on building a coop to bring our gals home. In addition to the original five, we just picked up 21 sweet fluff-balls from Murray McMurray Hatchery. This time around we went for some hens that will give us some color, Americanas (blue), Whiting True Blues (blue), and Whiting True Greens (green). While they aren’t particularly known for being super friendly we knew the others would make up for that. We also wanted a solid layer for the winter months so we added White Rocks. Known for their early egg-laying, just 5 months after hatching, large egg size, and calm temperament, we knew we couldn’t go wrong.
The Best Chicken Breeds
From our research and experience, these are all great starter bird breeds.
- Barred Rock
- White Rock
- New Hampshire Red
A bird’s breed isn’t the only thing that will impact their attitude. A lot depends on how much time you spend with your chickens, especially at a young age. The story of Josie the New Hampshire Red is a perfect example of this. Follow the link to hear Quincy tell the story of Josie.
My sister-in-law, for example, has a whole flock of Australorps, which are a mild-mannered fowl, but they won’t let you come near because they haven’t been handled much at all.
We’re excited to experience new breeds and we’ll see if we can really tell the difference in temperament. One thing is for sure, having some chickens is better than no chickens at all! So, what are you waiting for? Take our list of best chicken breeds for kids, or make your own and get started!