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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Golden Campine

Campines are originally from Belgium and are fairly good layers of medium-sized white eggs. The solid gold plumage on her head, her white ears, the barred plumage on her body and her upright tail make this golden variety hen named Jenny a strikingly beautiful bird. Her good looks combined with the breed's penchant for foraging and flying have led Jenny's owners to nickname her the "traffic-calming chicken," as she's frequently found strutting up and down the sidewalk where she lives, causing drivers to slow down and check her out. Campines come in two varieties — golden and white. This rare breed is said to date back to the time of Julius Caesar.

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