The 7 Best (And Easiest) Chicken Breeds for Beginners

Whether you’re a beginner with chicken breeds or just want an addition to your coop, having chickens that are easy to care for is definitely worth considering. Some people don’t have the time or the resources to spend in high maintenance chickens.

In this article we focus on breeds that are hardy, low-maintenance and good egg producers. If you want to get any of them just click on their name and we’ll direct you to one of the best hatcheries available!


Leghorn chicken for eggs

The “most chicken-like chicken” is also easy to care for and great for beginners. They give around a whopping 250 beautiful white eggs per year and rarely get broody. These are very active chickens and aren’t always very friendly. However they’re light and winter hardy which is why they’re some of the country’s favorites. Leghorns love to run around but can be trained to be in small spaces as long as they’re trained since they’re little.

Buff Orpington

Buff Orpington Started Pullets

One of our favorite breeds, these easy-going chickens are tame and friendly. They’ll give you around 180 eggs per year and they resist winters very well. Their friendliness makes them a perfect breed for a kid-friendly environment. You should however keep in mind that they’re so docile that may be picked on by other birds so keep an eye on them or, better yet, get a full flock of Buffs!

Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island Red Started Pullets

We’ve talked about them in our blog about the best chickens for eggs. You can get as many as 300 brown eggs per year with them! They are built to be tough and healthy, perfect for beginners who are looking for a hardy bird. Reds rarely get broody and usually tend to be active and friendly, although they can get bossy. These are very popular chickens because they don’t ask for much space or time, they’re great egg producers and they’re some of the easiest breeds to take care of!


silkies are fun and easy-going

Don’t be fooled by their exotic look, you can take care of them even if you are a beginner! They’re not the biggest egg producers with around 100 eggs per year. However beginners like them because they’re friendly, docile and luxurious-looking. Their soft plumage and their personalities makes them a kid’s favorite. Despite not giving as many eggs they’re great mothers, taking any eggs placed under her, including duck eggs. Silkies can’t fly at all so you don’t need a particularly tall fence for them. They tolerate the cold well, however you’ll have to keep an eye for wetness. As long as you take care of their plumage they can be quite tough, living for up to 10 years!


This large Australian breed is tough, friendly and productive. They also have the egg producing record, with one chicken producing 364 eggs in 365 days! They’re very healthy and endure winters very well. Despite their size you don’t need a lot of space for them since they bear confinement well. If you want a dependable large egg layer, this is the breed for you.

Jersey Giant

Large but easy to take care of

One of the largest breeds, the Jersey Giants are the definition of a gentle giant. They’re easy to take care of since they’re docile, slow and mellow. They don’t usually get broody and you can expect around 180 large eggs per year from them. Beginners should keep in mind, however, that they won’t lay till they’re six months old, unlike other breeds that start laying as soon as five weeks old. Despite their size they’re very easy to handle and integrate well in a flock. If you’re patient and keep an eye on their nutrition they’ll grow to be a beautiful bird!


Golden Laced Wyandottes for eggs

This breed isn’t just beautiful, they’re also friendly and smart! Their heavy plumage isn’t just for looks! It also makes them hardy during the winter. They’re great layers, producing around 200 large brown eggs per year. These girls have strong personalities but they tend to integrate in their flocks quite well. They’re great for free range although their space is easy to get since they won’t need as much space as other breeds similar in size. Despite their personalities they’re considered a great breed for beginners, specially if you like a diva!

If you’re starting please remember that every breed may have a “bad chicken” which can be more problematic than the rest. If you’re just starting we recommend that you don’t introduce a whole bunch of breeds at once to avoid you unnecessary troubles. Instead pick one of them and stick with it for a while. Want some more info on how to start? Check out everything you need right here!

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  3. Carolyn Ryan says:

    I love my Sussex hens. They are so sweet and friendly and come running for attention when they see me coming.

  4. debra says:

    my favorite chicken breeds for egg laying are black australorps and production red…we had gold lace wyanndots one was named diva for a reason, jersey giants one was named pecky becky for a reason also, the australorps did not try to escape but the barred rocks did and they showed the others how. Of all the breeds my favorite were the Australorps for ease and producing over 300 eggs. The production reds had the best personality…one of them was the largest hen we named her big Bertha…she took large strides when she ran it was fun just to watch her and both breeds produced over 300 eggs a year!

    • Anonymous says:

      I had a Rhode Island hen that drew blood pecking my arm every time I had to reach in their cage (she was with Olandsk Dwarfs). I had to give her away by the time she was 4 months old. She was just too aggressive. I’ve found Seramas are fantastic birds for beginners. They like people, and even an adult that’s never been handled will tame down and be your buddy after just 3 or 4 handling sessions. They’re highly intelligent, and learn their names quickly – just with you talking to them – even if they’re in a cage with other birds. Make eye contact and talk to them, using their names, and they’ll drop what they’re doing and look at you when you call to them after a few times. They don’t lay a lot of eggs year round, but they’re small enough that they can be kept indoors much like you would a parrot or cockatiel.

      • valorie pandak says:

        I have had up to 11,000 rare birds. I you have an animal that pecks at you. PUt a big dab of vick vapor rub. Bird pecks it and hates it and doesn’t do it again.

    • debra says:

      chickens will do that when they are not getting enough protein in their feed or they are stressed check the size of their house to the square foot per chicken. Egg laying chicken require calcium and protein add more protein to their feed and grind your egg shells or give oyster shell grit for the calcium

    • Kim says:

      My thoughts, EXACTLY!!! Plymouth Barred Rocks are friendly, beautiful, have a lot of personality, winter well, are heat tolerant, produce lots of eggs …best hens EVER.
      Picked up some Buff Orpingtons and Welsummers @ Cackle Hatchery last week. Buff Orpington chicks definitely are tamer and friendlier than the Welsummer chicks =-)

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