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Friendliest Chicken Breed?

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I'm doing my chicken research right now, as I'm looking to switch to making my dogs food myself and want to include eggs. smile

What is the friendliest chicken breed? I've ready that Silkies are like the dogs of the chicken world, and I absolutely love their look, but I also want birds that will lay consistently.

I'd want to hand raise the birds from chicks, so I know that helps with socialization, but I'm sure you all have some opinions and thoughts of friendliness as the birds get older.

Thanks!

post #2 of 13

sikies are sweet so are cochins it varies within the breed.  in general the Mediterranean class birds legherns, anconas ect tend to be more flighty

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Current Residents : Me, DH, DD age 8 and chicken crazy, , 1 catahoula, 1 chihuahua, 1 pitbull 5 cats, 4 horses, 3 guineas, Seramas, Silver Sussex. Coronation Sussex, Polish, East Indies  Drowning in Ducks  NPIP 43-696

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For me, personally, it is Cochins and Heritage Orpingtons.    I also have hatchery Orps, but they just are not as friendly as my Heritage Orps, nor do the hatchery birds have the SIZE that my Heritage have.

My Cochins - large or bantam - follow me around, try to sit on me (shoulder or lap - they don't care)  My Orps will trip me if I do not watch where I step, course sometimes  I step on the cochins also.  roll

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Fowl adventures happening daily       

"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
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post #4 of 13

My Austrolorps are my friendliest most docile breed.  Followed closely by my Orpingtons.  Both are a great breed.

Children 1 girl 1 boy/ 2 Miniature Dachshunds, 1 Great Dane/  Speckled Sussex, Dominiques, Black Austrolorps, Delawares, Orpingtons (buff,splash and lavender)
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Children 1 girl 1 boy/ 2 Miniature Dachshunds, 1 Great Dane/  Speckled Sussex, Dominiques, Black Austrolorps, Delawares, Orpingtons (buff,splash and lavender)
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post #5 of 13

I currently have 24 different breeds of chickens and my Australorp is by far the sweetest of them all!

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Wife of a devoted husband, mother of two teenage daughters and owned by one German Shepherd dog, three indoor Bengal cats, two outdoor cats, a garden pond of fish and frogs and 30 chickens.  Life is quite nice here on our farm.  Check out the chickens FaceBook page at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?id=179146538788046&pid=343673#!/pages/R-R-Chickens/179146538788046
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Delawares, even as chicks, will run toward you, and climb all over you. I have several hens that are lap chickens.  They are super friendly, and great layers.

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BBS Orpingtons, Heritage Delawares, New Hampshires and a motley crew of hens with colored eggs
A proud member of SDWD - Society for Delaware World Domination.
Preserve and promote the wonderful Delaware: 
www.BeausejourFarms.com
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post #7 of 13

Anything with Silkie or Cochin in the mix smile

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post #8 of 13

I have to agree - my Delawares are super friendly - very curious anbd always want to see what " Dad" is doing. Cochins - Orpingtons- Favorelles- and Silkies all get high marks for frienliness too in the books i have read

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One Hen crazed dude -In the henhouse - The Delaware Crew - LF Cochin gang + Bantam Silver Pencilled Rocks 
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post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by TaraontheCoast 

I'm doing my chicken research right now, as I'm looking to switch to making my dogs food myself and want to include eggs. smile

What is the friendliest chicken breed? I've ready that Silkies are like the dogs of the chicken world, and I absolutely love their look, but I also want birds that will lay consistently.

I'd want to hand raise the birds from chicks, so I know that helps with socialization, but I'm sure you all have some opinions and thoughts of friendliness as the birds get older.

Thanks!


Hi TaraontheCoast,

I vote Cochin.  I have silkies also but my Cochin are more hardy in summer/winter and lay more consistently.  Mine with follow me around and talk to me. 

Good Luck

2 kids i love and a some chickens (home to loved silkies and cochins). we now have peafowl!   
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2 kids i love and a some chickens (home to loved silkies and cochins). we now have peafowl!   
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post #10 of 13

DELAWARES by far the best layers in the heat if you raise chicks the excess roos are good eating and they are like dogs mine always come running up to see me try to help me work outside I've never had chickens that I have enjoyed so much......they like to untie your shoes too....

It costs less to have the very best. Trying to raise Delawares and Marans I also have Silver Penciled Rocks New Hampshires Midget Whites Bourbons and Royal Palms......home of many APHA horses. Breeder of World Champions and Honor Roll Champions and High Point winners. I love to trail ride and camp with my friends.
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It costs less to have the very best. Trying to raise Delawares and Marans I also have Silver Penciled Rocks New Hampshires Midget Whites Bourbons and Royal Palms......home of many APHA horses. Breeder of World Champions and Honor Roll Champions and High Point winners. I love to trail ride and camp with my friends.
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