Best Backyard Chicken Breeds for Beginners

Best Backyard Chicken Breeds for Beginners

If you’re thinking about raising backyard chickens, but you don’t know where to start or what breed to get, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are some breeds that are friendly, docile and lay lots of eggs!

Rhode Island Red

If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve probably seen us talk about the Rhode Island Red. They are one of the most popular breeds and are known for being friendly and easy! They produce around 200-300 medium brown eggs per year.

Buff Orpington

These chickens are extremely friendly and known for their good looks! They produce around 200 light brown eggs per year. They get a little broody in warmer weather, but they make for great pets and they are so soft!

Plymouth Rock

These birds are very active and love to explore. They are friendly and you can even train them to eat out of your hand! They produce around 300 large, brown eggs per year. The good thing about these chickens is that they lay eggs during the winter months!

Easter Egger

These chickens resemble hawks and they lay around 200 or more medium, green/blue eggs per year. They can be really friendly, but also a little flighty. Some say they have a very nervous temperament, but their colorful eggs make up for that!


The Leghorn lays eggs year round! They produce more than 250 medium, white eggs per year and they are very happy and active! They don’t make great pets, but they love exploring around your garden!

Next week, we will go over more chicken breeds so you can pick the best backyard chickens for you and your family! Follow us on Instagram for more chicken facts and daily posts!