What are the most fun and friendly breed of chickens as pets?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by susanah, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. susanah

    susanah Songster

    Mar 23, 2009
    Are there some that like to be held a lot? We don't care about egg laying ability.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Well if you want eye candy, you have to have some Bearded Buff Laced Polish.
    I also have some blue wheaten Ameraucanas that like to jump up into my lap and have their beards tickled.
  3. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Crowing

    Oct 14, 2010
    Jurupa Valley, CA
    Hi, I am finding that the Serama breed is unbelievably super friendly. I have heard that Silkies are also very friendly. I think the key is to get either incubator hatched or hatch your own eggs, so that the fuzzy-butts bond to humans and not momma hen. Hope that is helpful to ya. I have 3 birdies that are just pets. [​IMG]
  4. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

    Nov 6, 2009
    I have to say Polish too.

    I've always got at least a few. Right now all roo [​IMG] , but I plan to change that as soon as I can.
  5. exop

    exop Songster

    Jan 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Buckeyes are pretty good in this regard. I have a match of (momma hatched!) Buckeyes from this spring who grew up accustomed to me bringing them food and coming to sit in their pen. As chicks, especially once they had gotten large enough that their moms didn't want to give them piggy back rides... they would all run over to me when I sat down and climb me like a jungle gym. Now that they are grown up, the three friendliest are still prone to "climb" on me at unexpected moments. I will be stooping to check a waterer and will feel a soft "bomp" as something with large leathery feet lands on my back... and then settles down to snuggle there. Sometimes they will crawl up to my shoulders and try to groom my hair.
  6. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    Cochins, cochins, cochins, and dare I say it- silkies. If you want friendly, easy going fluff balls- they're the way to go.
  7. Conventio Liberi

    Conventio Liberi In the Brooder

    Nov 3, 2010
    I would not know the "friendliest” breed, but I would have to say the Bantam Cochins I have raised are by far the friendliest. They hop up in my lap, are quite curious, very soft and don't mind being pet, and enjoy being bathed in warm water.
  8. Silkies are wonderful. Nice friendly, non-aggressive birds.
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My lap chickens are Delawares and true Ameraucanas. The EEs are more skittish, but the Ameraucanas beg to be held.
  10. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Delawares- I have several that are lap chickens, and one that likes to ride on my shoulder. They are super friendly as chicks, too. They run toward you rather than away from you.

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