Not all breeds are created equal (nor kids for that matter). But there are a few chicken breeds that just seems to take to small ones better than others. These are chicken breeds for kids might be something you want to consider if your child is looking to go into 4H, like my youngest. You want a chicken that has a milder temperament and generally enjoys the company of their human.
It should be noted from the start that all chickens respond to good behavior. It is important to train our children first, on how to properly handle and care for a chick and later a chicken. Even the most gentle child needs some guidance. This teaching can come from you or a program like 4H.
With that being said, let’s move on to the list of the best chicken breeds for kids!
The Wyandotte is a sweet, docile bird that originated in the United States. They are a larger bird and lay pale brown eggs and are good layers. They are easy to handle and a good member of a flock. The Wyandottes come in a variety of colors and patterns. We’ve had a few Wyandottes and they’ve always been my favorites.
The Silkie isn’t your average chicken. A small, gentle and even cuddly bird that children particularly like for their fluffy appearance. They are often called the lap dog of chickens because they enjoy human company. They originated in China and come in colors like black, blue, white, buff and partridge. Silkies are not prolific layers but they are broody and make attentive mothers. They really are “ornamental” pets.