What is the most people-friendly chicken breed?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by wawasmama, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. wawasmama

    wawasmama Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2010
    Bulverde, TX
    Just curious what your opinion is for the most friendly chicken breed. I had a Buff Orpington that was soooo friendly and actually wanted to be in my lap and held while I wandered around the chicken run. We were so upset when she was gone. I have just hatched out some Marans and Aracanas and they seem terrified of me! Are they normally that way? Your input is much appreciated! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2011
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Oriental Gamefowl. Hands down. I've had experience with over 20 different breeds and NEVER met gamefowl who were aggressive, shy, flighty, etc. I raise and breed Shamos, and even when young chicks, if not handled much, they will still come runnin' for you like you're their long-lost mommy. [​IMG] They're very dependent as a chick, especially if they don't have a broody hen or many other buddies of the same breed, and even as they mature - They're very tame, friendly, calm, and practically like a pet dog or something. Always following me around.
  3. Alexis

    Alexis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I've experienced several "people-friendly" chickens over the years, but sometimes I'm disappointed when the personality of the individual chicken doesn't live up to the reputation of the breed. On the flip side, I've been happily surprised with a very friendly chicken that usually has a bad reputation for the breed being unfriendly.

    Our favorites so far were:
    Polish Pullet (she preferred to ride on shoulders during chore time, but her roo was an attacker so it was bad news for him)
    Buff Orpington
    Bantam Sultan (hands down the best kid-friendly chicken to ever live on our farm)
    Bantam Cochin (sat through three days of being inspected, pet and touched by every kid who came by our booth at the 4H barn for fair last summer)
    and right now, we have a Silver Sebright who is an absolute gem, and an Exchequer leghorn who is growing up to be THE most social thing. She prefers the humans to the other chickens. Go figure!
  4. GotGame

    GotGame Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2010
    NE of OKC
    we have bantam shamos, adn modern game bantams, they are both very friendly and hardy little birds with great attitude...
  5. wawasmama

    wawasmama Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2010
    Bulverde, TX
    Thanks for your help. Now I know what my new breed-of-choice might be! : )
  6. Theapplechicks

    Theapplechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    many of ours have been sweet but out of all the ones we've had so far.... Our little bantam game hens have been the absolute sweetest! They would sit right in your hand and coo. Our favorite one who fell prey to a possum [​IMG] went everywhere w/ my daughter cradled in her arm and begged to be held. She would coo and coo at ya like she was having a conversation.
  7. Theapplechicks

    Theapplechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    oh our bantam cochin is pretty sweet too. [​IMG]
  8. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    LF Cochins. Quiet, sweet, gentle giants. Harms none.
  9. You'reASuperRedStar

    You'reASuperRedStar New Egg

    Apr 18, 2011
    Our red star and one of our two buff orpingtons are the sweetest. Our polish is awesome too. I think it comes down to handling them from day 2 that they are alive. And interacting with them with treats.
  10. Hoosierchickens

    Hoosierchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2011
    Cloverdale, IN
    Speckled Sussex and Astralorps are friendly standard chickens.

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