Chicken Breeds for Beginners

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

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

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!

Australorps

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!

Wyandottes

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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