Chicken Breeds Ideal for Backyard Pets and Eggs

Popular picks for backyard flocks, these breeds rate high for their friendly personalities, beauty or unusual looks, hardiness in hot and cold climates, and reputations as good egg layers.

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Partridge Silkie

Resembling a puffball with a beak, Silkies are one of the most popular ornamental chicken breeds. They are bantams, which are miniaturized poultry. Due to their unusual looks and docile nature, some chicken owners keep them as indoor household pets. Silkies get their name from their soft feathers that look more like fur. While this picture shows a rooster, both sexes look virtually identical. Silkies are one of many breeds that have feathered feet. Earliest mentions of Silkies date back to the time of Marco Polo.

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