Types of Chickens

Silkie

Calm + Pretty
A Hollywood starlet’s powder puff come to life, the Silkie is characterized by its unique, fluffy plumage. With blackish skin and bones—and five toes rather than the usual four—this bantam is one of the more unusual breeds in the farmyarm.

EGG PRODUCTION: Fair layer of small, lightly tinted eggs.
AS PETS: Very docile
AS MOTHERS: Exceptionally broody
PLACE OF ORIGIN China/Southeast Asia
EXOTIC LEVEL: 8


Polish

Sexy
Like an avant-garde Oscar gown on chicken legs, the Polish is kept mostly for its exotic, ravishing locks. In addition of a comb, its head is adorned with a large, regal crest of feathers, due to a cone (called a protuberance) on the top of its skull.

EGG PRODUCTION: Poor
AS PETS: Can be bullied by others
AS MOTHERS: Not a good mother
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Europe (ironically, not Poland)
EXOTIC LEVEL: 9


Cochin

Nice Pet
The Cochin looks like it’s always wearing a long fir coat and is generally kept as an ornamental bird. Its defining characteristic is extravagant plumage, which cloaks its body, legs, and feet, exaggerating its already large size. For an even more extraordinary specimen, look for a Cochin Frizzle.

EGG PRODUCTION: Fairly poor; lays medium, yellowish-brown eggs.
AS PETS: Friendly
AS MOTHERS: Very broody, makes a good mother
PLACE OF ORIGIN: China
EXOTIC LEVEL: 8