A chicken breed’s rarity is a very subjective concept. How many times have you seen chickens marketed as unusual or even highly rare only to discover that, although the breed is uncommon, it isn’t scarce?
We’re going to take a look at rare chicken breeds today.
Table of Contents
- 1. Black penedesenca
- 2. Black Sumatra
- 3. Ameraucana: Wheaten and Lavender
- 4. Lavender Orpington
- 5. Partridge Chantecler
- 6. Wyandotte: Blue laced red and silver penciled
- 7. Welsummer
- 8. Silver Grey Dorking
- 9. D’Uccle: Lavender and mille fleur
- 10. Marraduna Euskal Oiloa
1. Black penedesenca
These are a strong Spanish chocolate (and pink) egg-laying meat breed with a waist-high roost. They mature quickly, and pullets begin laying eggs earlier than any other breed we have. They lay a giant speckled to plain matt dark egg, which is sometimes coated in a white coating that gives it a pink appearance.
With their large wattles and Clavell comb, the roosters are lively and majestic. A single rooster can easily handle ten hens. They aren’t the friendliest breed we have, which is good because we keep them for the excellent meat and largest chocolate eggs we can find and the fact that they lay well.
Perhaps one out of every eight hens will approach for attention. They have gone broody and are laying eggs in the dirt. They enjoy their food and, like chicks, will chase each other around for treats.
2. Black Sumatra
These are a brilliant “one-person” chicken, like a cat. On average, they lay 3–4 medium chalky white eggs per week. Black Sumatras are chatty and make sounds that no other breed makes.
Their knee-high flights around the barnyard startle the other birds and provide us with hours of entertainment. In the coop, they can be flighty and travel quickly. Some don’t become tame until they’re ready to lay eggs, while others arrive as day-old chicks.
They have dark faces, a slender shape, and a tiny comb, making them look like little crows. They are cold, hardy, but quiet and sad in the winter when they need attention. When the temperature increases above 30 degrees Celsius, they become broody, or the roos become amorous.
They have high predator avoidance instincts and have been observed roosting in trees on clear nights. They are considered undomesticated, but they are without a doubt our most intelligent breed. These breeds are at the top of the pecking order, but neither sex is hostile to the other species.
3. Ameraucana: Wheaten and Lavender
When allowed to roam freely, these elegant breeds are relaxed and docile. Wheaten Ameraucana eggs are a light blue color, with some wheaten eggs being darker and almost green. The vibrantly colored roosters are stunning. Lavender roosters are practically blue.
The Wheaten Ameraucanas are easy to mate at about 2–3 weeks of age, and Lavenders difficult till about two months or more. The hens are graceful and endearing, and they treat other chickens with respect.
When they’re confined, they’re more flighty, and when they’re free-ranging, they’re perfectly friendly, while sometimes timid.
4. Lavender Orpington
The hens are tall, quiet, and friendly, and we’ve only seen them in Lavender. They like their sweets, but they will never take them from you. They are interested enough to approach and wait. For free-roaming, the roosters are alert and outstanding warning callers.
The hens lay huge pale brown eggs, and I have had double yolks weighing 115–119g. They can also get broody. The hens are weighty when picked up for a cuddle.
5. Partridge Chantecler
They are a dual-purpose Canadian breed that is extremely cold-hardy. For free-ranging, they are beautifully marked and well camouflaged. They have small wattles and a cushion comb pad on their backs. They were bred from various breeds.
They lay medium pale brown eggs all year thanks to their Brown Leghorn ancestry, and their Partridge Cochin ancestry has given them thick down and broody traits.
They are the most brooding of our breeds. Silkies are right up there with you! Because of the Dark Cornish influence, they are a tasty meat breed, albeit not the largest or fastest-growing.
Friendly and calm behavior varies by strain, and some roosters and hens can approach you for attention. They can be a little selfish with food and enjoy splattering yogurt all over the place!
They are usually the last to roost and will come down from the roost to be seen. When the hens are broody, they are more likely to spar and peck when gathering eggs, but not all of them do.
6. Wyandotte: Blue laced red and silver penciled
Even though they are tiny chicks, both Mcmurray strains are friendly. The Silver Pencilled are more daring and are less inclined to wait for eye contact before attempting to launch onto your knee or pecking your toes in flip flops.
The Blue Laced Red is more polite but still rather attentive and welcoming, though the males can be bolder.
They both lay giant brown eggs that are often freckled. With their rose comb and thick down, they lay well all winter and are a great cold hardy breed. They get broody here now and then.
They’re good meat birds, but they take a little longer to mature than some of the others we have.
This is another breed that is friendly from the start. The birds are a pretty brown color, and typically, pictures you see do not do them justice.
The hens are sweet and attentive and come running for treats. Their eggs are a gleaming speckly chocolate brown color that they lay regularly.
The roosters are a stunning chestnut color, and legend has it that the Kellogg’s Rooster, Cornelius, is based on this breed. The roosters, like the Penedesencas, can accommodate a larger group of hens and have a lot of energy.
8. Silver Grey Dorking
These meat breeds are gentle, quiet, and friendly. They’re well-known for their delectable white meat and are a gourmet favorite. They lay white eggs daily and even more often in the summer.
They have five toes, short legs, and a brick-shaped body. When they’re foraging, they make a quiet, squeaking, peeping noise that I’ve never heard from any other breed.
They’re mild-mannered and shy, but they’re easy to tame if you pick them up once or twice. They enjoy foraging and roaming freely, and they are a delightful breed to watch dustbathing or lounging in the sun.
They are mostly at the bottom of the pecking order with other mixed breeds, but they roost high. If there is a danger, the roosters make a lot of noise and are excellent at warning the flock.
9. D’Uccle: Lavender and mille fleur
These breeds are the only bantams on our list, and they’re the best because they’re adorable little chickens with lots of personalities.
They chatter and talk, and if you’re sitting, they like to get on your head, shoulder, or knee. They are generally courteous and wait for eye contact, but this is not always the case! These birds adore human attention.
They can become broody, but not in an inconvenient way. They are a nicely proportioned little bird with heavily feathered legs and a cheeky beard and muffs.
And they can be secretive layers. Unlike other D’Uccle lines, they lay huge white eggs for a bantam and lay regularly.
10. Marraduna Euskal Oiloa
These are the finest; they’re a wonderful Spanish dual-purpose breed that’s friendly, attractive, and efficient.
They are a polite and outgoing breed that will approach you while they are near you. Both males as well as females are attracted to shiny objects and will peck at something that catches their attention.
They are self-assured and nosy, and they are typically near the top of the pecking order, though they have not been aggressive in this region.
They can tame up without any sweets, but they do like them and are wise enough to recognize them. Although other breeds will stand back, they will be right under your feet.
They have a big single comb and are Mottled Marraduna or brown stripe in color. They lay giant, shiny pale brown eggs on a regular basis, and some have known to go broody. They are good foragers and can move quickly when necessary.
On free-range, the roosters make excellent watchdogs.