When you think about chickens, what comes to mind is the normal type of chicken with a red crest on its head. Surprisingly, there are many chicken breeds, some with more unique features compared to others. For example, there are lots of chicken breeds with fluffy feathers.
Some fluffy chickens are just adorable to watch as they interact with others in the brood. The fluffier breeds are often considered the most popular in the flock because of their huggable appearance.
Do you want to adopt a fluffy chicken? This article gives you a look at some of the most well-known fluffy chicken breeds and their traits. Read on for more details.
Silkies are a native Chinese chicken breed that looks amazingly cute. This smaller chicken has fluffy feathers all over their bodies, even including their heads, making them look like cotton balls with beaks and claws.
Unlike other chickens, this breed has crests of feathers that engulf their faces all around making it difficult to even see their eyes. These tufts can interfere with their vision, though, despite being endearing. Silkie keepers are therefore advised to regularly trim or pluck the feathers around the eyes to enhance the bird’s vision.
They are also calm, sweet, and easy to tame. With a single look, they will steal your heart and attention. They look as if someone just brushed their curly hair up, and now they are just a huge puff of cute chicken.
These birds exist in a wide range of colors, including buff, black, blue, splash, grey, red, partridge, and the most common being white. Interestingly, they have black skin under the fluffy feathers and black-hued bones.
They are also known to have blue earlobes regardless of the color of the bird. Additionally, some varieties might have beards while others don’t.
Silkies have five toes on each foot, contrary to the normal four as evidenced in other chickens.
Although they are not excellent egg layers, silkies are excellent brooders and naturally inclined to incubate eggs. For this rare trait, farmers often use them to incubate eggs of other breeds.
To provide the best care for your silkies, ensure that they live in a clean and pest-free coop. You can also keep them as free-range chickens because they cannot fly away, and are excellent at taking care of themselves.
Cochins are also native Chinese chickens but are very popular in the United States. If you are looking for a fluffy chicken, then you already have one in a Cochin.
They may look like your average chicken, except that they are extra fluffy, a trait that makes them look more cute and funny. This chicken exists in a wide range of colors including red, partridge, silver-laced, golden-laced, brown, blue, barred, buff, white, and black.
Thanks to their fluffy nature, Cochins make excellent brooders. Unlike other fluffy chickens that use the disguise of their heavy fluff to conceal their bodies, Cochins are quite large chickens and can weigh about 7 – 10 pounds upon hitting maturity.
The Brabanter is a small-sized Belgian/Dutch chicken breed, famous for their V-shaped crest of feathers atop their heads, looking like an Appenzeller. They have extra feathers around their noggins, making them hardy and adaptable to extreme weather conditions such as winter and other harsh conditions like frost.
Either way, regardless of how these feathers benefit them, the extra feathers give them an innocent yet silly look, making them an adorable sight to behold.
Among other traits, the Brabanter is an extremely calm and intelligent chicken. They exist in a wide range of colors including black, blue, white, red, and even in rare strains like a bantam.
Additionally, their famous V-shape crest is known as devil’s comb or horn comb, and typically faces forward and develops vertically, hence also earning the name “shaving-brush crest”. The Brabanters also have tri-lobed muffs and beards, with larger flared nostrils.
However, unlike other chicken breeds, they do not have domed skull knobs, and their chicken beards help them hide their small white earlobes and wattles.
The Crevecoeur is a French chicken breed whose name was coined in Crevecoeur en Auge, a small village in Normandy, meaning a “broken heart.” As would not be the expectation for such a cute chicken, the name fits because the land in the area the chicken was named for is less fertile, which is often heartbreaking for the peasants.
The Livestock Conservancy Agency states that the Crevecoeur is one of the rarest chicken breeds, and more populous in their home country than in the remainder of the world. The global population of these birds is under 1000 birds, making them an endangered chicken species. Breeders should therefore work to raise the numbers of this chicken breed lest they risk extinction.
Crevecoeur chickens have quiet, calm, and easy to tame personalities. They also have a unique V-shaped crest on their heads. Despite having solid black feathers, they have white skin and small delicate bones.
Although they might thrive as free-range birds, they are better confined in coops, safe and away from possible predators and harsh weather.
Upon maturity, the males weigh about 8 pounds while the females weigh about 6.5 pounds. They are also not good layers, and often produce about 120 large white eggs annually. Their meat is also known to be darker towards the legs, but whiter towards the chest region.
As the name suggests, the Burmese chicken is native to Myanmar, formerly Burma. They are characterized by their bantam size, short legs, and dense feathers.
Burmese chickens are pure white with a feathered crest atop their heads often looking like a single comb. Because of their white feathers, you will need to maintain a neat and mud-free coup to help maintain hygiene and help keep them in the cleanest conditions possible.
The hens are excellent layers and brooders. However, they are dwindling in numbers, so it would be better if their eggs ended up in the incubators instead of dining tables.
Booted bantams are one of the parent breeds of Burmese, which explains why they look like booted bantams but with smaller tails. As a bantam hybrid, the Burmese develop rapidly and are extremely fertile.
Ironically, frizzle isn’t a breed name, but rather a description or reference to the arrangement of the feathers on the chicken’s body, often presenting themselves to be naturally curly and cute. This trait can manifest itself across a wide range of chicken breeds, including Polish, Cochins, and even Silkies.
Although they appear cute and fuzzy, the frizzle feathers are not advantageous to the bird, but rather a disadvantage to some extent. The thin frizzly feathers give an impression of coziness but in reality, they do not help in insulating the bird, even during cold weather.
These thin feathers also prevent them from flying high above like the other birds, and instead, make them have difficulty when soaring to higher levels, let alone roosting on poles.
Surprisingly, frizzles are often good egg layers and can attain 7 – 8 pounds upon attaining maturity.
The Pavlovskaya chicken is arguably one of the oldest chicken breeds in Russia.
Although rarely seen out of their parent country, the Pavlovskaya chicken is distinguished by several unique traits. They have wild-looking crests atop their heads, alongside heavy beards, ear-muff feathers, and heavy covers of adorable feathers engulfing their little feet. All these feather properties make the chicken funny yet cute.
As an aside, Polish chickens are hybrids of the Pavlovskaya.
8. Easter Egger
Just like the frizzle chicken, Easter egger is not a specific type of chicken breed, but rather a collective name to refer to certain breeds of chicken. The term Easter eggers collectively refer to all chickens that lay blue or green eggs, but are neither pure-breeds nor recognized as a hybrid breed. Among the chicken in this category are the Ameraucana/Araucana breed, which is known for its colorful eggs.
To fit in this category, the breed specifics are not necessary, but only that the bird should be able to produce blue or green eggs, a trait rarer amongst chickens.
Although they produce blue eggs, Easter eggers often exist in a wide range of fluffy colors, including blue, brown, white, and black, and are mid-weight chickens. Upon hitting maturity, the Ameraucanas, for example, often weigh about 5-7 pounds.
Polish chickens are not from Poland. Their name was coined after their large, square, and feathery crowns that resembled the feathery caps Polish soldiers wore. The Polish chicken does not have erect crowns, but rather feathery crowns that spread from atop their heads to all directions, at times even covering the face area of the chicken and obscuring the chicken’s eyes.
Polish chickens are there in a wide range of colors, including golden, silver, buff-laced, and white. They are also mid-weight chickens. Upon maturity, males often weigh about 7 pounds and females about 5 pounds.
Although they are not good layers, most breeders often keep them for their cute looks, variety of colors, and placid demeanor.
Originally known as the Serai Taook, the Sultan chicken is native to Turkey. They have distinct features such as light feathers on their muffs, beards, bodies, and even the crazy V-shaped ball of a fluffy crest, all the more reason why Sultan chickens look fluffy.
Sultan chickens only come in one universal color, white. However, their color is not the only interesting thing. Sultans have feathered shanks and toes, making them stand out from other white chicken breeds.
Upon maturity, an averagely grown Sultan chicken will weigh about 3.5 – 5 pounds.
The Houdan is yet another unique fluffy bird from France. Houdans have extraordinary traits, including the V-shaped fluffy crests atop their heads, a blend of feather colorations, often with white mottled feathers lying over dark black feathers, and the pattern repeats itself throughout the bird’s body and crest.
Unlike other chickens, the Houdan has 5 toes, contrary to the usual four for most chickens. The Houdan also has an average body weight, often weighing from about 6.5 pounds to 8 pounds as soon as they hit maturity.
This is another fluffy chicken with expert egg-laying capabilities. The Dominique chicken is also known to be calm and quite easy to tame, as it rarely gets aggressive towards other birds, animals, and even people.
They are also known to have heavy fluffy feathers, which were popular for stuffing mattresses and pillows.
Upon maturity, Dominique chickens will weigh about 5 – 7 pounds.
13. Russian Orloff
This is yet another Russian breed with very fluffy feathers that helps the bird withstand extreme frost and cold conditions. Besides its sweet nature, Russian Orloffs are excellent egg layers as well as good meat producers.
Upon maturity, they can weigh in the range of about 7-9 pounds. However, this bird is only adapted for cool weather conditions, so you will often need to provide cool spots during the summer to help the chicken cool off.
14. Yokohama Chicken
Although you might think of it as a Japanese breed, the Yokohama chicken is actually a German breed. They always stand out because of their long tail feathers that can even grow to over 20 inches long and are often bred as trophy birds.
To raise them, however, you will need to provide them with enough space for them to run about since they can be a little aggressive towards other animals and humans. Let’s just say they should be left for advanced bird keepers.
15. Beijing You
Also known as Beijing Fatty, this is a very cute and fluffy chicken. They are distinguished by their broad bodies and heads. They have a poofy crest of feathers on their head and small pea combs.
This breed is most often golden in color, with black tips on its tail feathers. They have feathered feet and legs. You chickens, as they are called locally, are dual-purpose birds with decent egg laying numbers of around 170 eggs per year.
Beijing You’s are an extremely rare breed, even in their native country, and are on the endangered list. Fertile eggs are highly sought after for flock establishment and the meat is known to have a taste that many prefer. A special flock has been established for the purpose of continuing this breed as it becomes more popular.
As much as it is always adorable to watch your poultry as they forage around in their coops or on the lawn, nothing beats the look of a fluffy, funny, yet cute chicken. If you want to adopt one, I believe the list above will guide you to finding the best breed to add to your coop.