The 5 Friendliest Chickens Breeds (Great For Kids!)

Friendliest Chicken Breeds For Kids

There are very few pets that can teach as much to kids as chickens. Not only can you use them to teach them how to be responsible and care for animals, they can also help you teach your kids about self-sustainability, where and how food comes from, even animal reproduction! Plus kids get excited to see the results of their work with a box full of eggs. Choosing one of the friendliest chicken breeds will be a smart choice if you have kids.

In general if you teach your kids how to handle them, most chickens will be a good fit for them. Usually the larger the breed is, the more calm and friendly they tend to be. However keep in mind that every chicken is different. Even the most aggressive breed may have a friendly rooster and the most friendly breed may have an aggressive hen. It’s all about getting to know the chickens and keeping an eye on your kids as they manage them and get to know them.

That being said, let’s check some of the friendliest breeds that can become a beloved part of your family!

Buff Orpington

Buff Orpington

We’ve talked about this breed multiple times due to their friendliness and egg production. This breed tends to be so calm and docile that you may need to keep an eye on them so other chickens won’t pick on them. They’re curious and sociable so they’re the perfect sidekick to your kids when they’re playing and exploring around. They’re great for beginners too!


These fuzzy little chickens make everyone who sees them ask the same question: “can I pet them?”, and your kids won’t be the exception! They may look high maintenance but these birds are gentle, calm and sweet. They don’t produce as many eggs but they actively enjoy human company. A truly perfect ornamental breed.

Jersey Giant

As we said, larger breeds tend to be more calm and friendly, and the largest chicken breed isn’t an exception to the rule! They’re slow-moving and very easy to handle. Although docile, the size of this gentle giant usually prevents other chickens to pick on them and they’re also a good and easy breed to start with.


All About Wyandotte Chickens

This intelligent breed isn’t just beautiful, is also very friendly! Your kids will find them incredibly docile and sweet. Plus you’ll like them as well since they’re good egg layers and they’re easy to introduce to a flock if you already have one.

Plymouth Rock

You and your kids will easily come to love this resilient bird. They tend to be quite calm and slow moving. These chickens are perfect to show your kids how to hold them since they won’t mind being held in the undoubtedly weird positions that your kids will subject them to. They’re cuddly and sweet, the perfect chicken for your kid to smother with love. Plus they’re also great egg producers!

These are some of our favorite friendly chicken breeds, did we mention yours? What is your experience with them? And if you’re new to the backyard chicken world, here’s how to start.

15 thoughts on “The 5 Friendliest Chickens Breeds (Great For Kids!)

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  4. Julie Slevin says:

    I have multiple breeds of hen’s, I love the color variety and so do the kids. My kids have names for everyone of the chickens and I have about 30. I have one grey hen who will beg for treats! She will walk up to us whenever we go outside and “ask” for treats. My daughters will bring out a handful of bird seed. She will let them pet her while she eats. I believe she is a Saphire but I’m not sure, that’s the trouble with buying a variety of chicks.

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    • piedcat says:

      Could be they need to moult — drop old feathers and grow in new feathers. All their energy will be turned to growing new feathers, instead of laying eggs. This is the right time of year in the Northern Hemisphere for birds to moult naturally. You may see more feathers on the ground as they start to shed. Some individual birds do this gradually, some do it all at once — and they look funny! Naked chickens! Feed them a bit more protein and quality food while they grow in new feathers. They will start laying again when they have a new set of feathers, are getting increasing daylight hours and have quality feed. As they get older, they will go through a moult every year or two, they will lay fewer eggs, but much bigger eggs!

  10. Deborah Horger says:

    We have Wyandottes. We’ve never had or wanted another breed. Our newest are the BLRW – the ones on the left in the photo. Can’t wait until they have their full plumage. They are extremely social – and smart. We LOVE them!!!

    • piedcat says:

      I agree — I have had several breeds of chickens over the years. The Wyandottes are a pleasant breed of chicken, and come in many wonderful color selections! I think there are some family lines of the Silver-Laced Wyandottes that are especially productive layers (my veterinarian has a flock of them for that reason) but all of them are nice birds. Very curvy silhouette, pretty colors and assortment of markings, and gentle manners.

  11. Ellen Dawn Vandover says:

    Silkies are bantams and so are Bantam Cochins who are also very friendly if you handle them form the day they are hatched. Hand Feeding the chicks live mealworms also helps. Size has nothing to do with it. Our tiny MIlle Fluer D’Uccles have been very friendly and gentle little pets.

    • piedcat says:

      The Silkies I have had were so gentle and sweet! Except for one 2 lb rooster who used to grab onto my friend’s pant-leg and go for a ride! (He made nice soup — the 2 lb attack rooster, not the friend). ;)

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