Official BYC Poll: How do you name your pet chickens?

How do you name your pet chickens?

  • We don’t name our chickens!

    Votes: 26 7.4%
  • We let the kids name them.

    Votes: 58 16.4%
  • We give them old-fashioned names (Flora, Prissy, Hazel, etc.).

    Votes: 64 18.1%
  • We start their names with the same letter (Bailey, Barb, Beatrice, etc.).

    Votes: 8 2.3%
  • We name them by personality (Sassy, Gabby, Bossy, etc.).

    Votes: 81 22.9%
  • We name them after food (Peanut, Nugget, etc.).

    Votes: 70 19.8%
  • We don’t have a special system.

    Votes: 122 34.6%
  • We name them by appearance (Red, Fluffy, Lavender, etc.).

    Votes: 113 32.0%
  • Other (elaborate in a reply below)

    Votes: 113 32.0%

  • Total voters

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Feb 22, 2009
It is extremely rewarding to name your chickens, transforming them from just egg-laying machines to house pets.

Despite the fact that there is no shortage of human names, you might want to give your chickens a more creative name. As with people, each chicken has their own unique personality. Chickens also have fine memories. Whenever you call out their names, they will come running, particularly if it is because food is in sight.

So we would like to find out: How do you name your pet chickens?

Place your vote above, and please elaborate in a reply below if you chose "Other". And feel free to share your chickens' names with us as well.

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Nov 12, 2020
Most of my hens have names that just kind of popped into my head, but my Silkies get food names, and recently I’ve started using names of movie characters. For some reason I tend to name them in pairs :gig
My current flock includes Silkies PuffPuff and Wasabi, Barred Rocks Pippa and Peggy, Polish Cruella and Estella (CeCe and Stella for short), and a few who have yet to be named. Past names include gems such as Cheese, Cashew (who only responded to Pig) and BonBon, Owl and Chipmunk, and Peep and RePeep.


Apr 12, 2021
Sacramento Area, California
I have several named by my children, so they have Pokémon names, one is named after a Trolls character, one is named after my daughter (she named her haha) and my husband one of the girls Brad. From there, the names have been chosen as we get to know their character and appearance. We have a white Silkie named Betty White, a black Cochin mix that looked like a penguin so we called her Mumble, a frizzle Cochin named Miss Frizzle, and two twin Ameraucanas named Fluff and Puff. :)

The rest have more clever names. I have two English Orps that I named the Dashwood sisters—Elinor and Marianne, we have a BCM that we got after trading back in the boy to the breeder that was supposed to be a girl. That boy was named Bluebell…so the new girl is Newbell haha. My mauve Orp is very sophisticated and fashionable so I named her Coco Chanel, and then I have 4 little bantams that follow the pullet Brad everywhere like she’s their mommy and we call them the Brad Pack :)

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