Chicken Breeds

The Chicken Breed Selector: UK Standardised Breeds

Chicken Breeds Pictures and Information. From the large fowl like Australorps or Orpingtons or maybe the smaller bantams like the Dutch, Belgian or Japanese, there's usually a breed of chicken that will tickle your fancy!

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This page lists all 92 chicken breeds that are standardised in the British Poultry Standards and has a section for Hybrid crosses too.

Whilst Hybrids are technically not pure breeds, we have also included a section for Hybrid chickens such as the Black Rock due to their popularity.

This page has been a rather big project as you can imagine. Rupert and Tim have spent over 7 years visiting shows around the UK to get (most of) these breed photographs. We are now working on gathering photos for a page of breeds classified as AOV (Any Other Variety). These are extremely rare breeds that are not standardised by the Poultry Club of GB.

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To view information / photos: click on a green hyperlink underneath a thumbnail photo.

Ancona Chickens

Ancona

Light: Soft Feather

Andalusian Chickens

Andalusian

Light: Soft Feather

Appenzeller Barthuhner Chickens

Appenzeller Barthuhner

Light: Soft Feather

Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chickens

Appenzeller Spitzhauben

Light: Soft Feather

Araucana Chickens

Araucana

Light: Soft Feather

 

Rupless Araucana Chickens

Rumpless Araucana

Light: Soft Feather

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Asil

Asian Hard Feather

Australorp Chickens

Australorp

Heavy: Soft Feather

Belgian Bantam Barbu DAnvers

Barbu d'Anvers

Belgian Bantam

Belgian Bantam Barbu DUccle

Barbu d'Uccle

Belgian Bantam

 

Belgian Bantam De Watermael

Barbu de Watermael

Belgian Bantam

 

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Barbu d'Everberg

Belgian Bantam

 

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Barbu du Grubbe

Belgian Bantam

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Barnevelder

Heavy: Soft Feather

Booted Bantams

Booted Bantam

True Bantam (Rare)

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Brahma

Heavy: Soft Feather

 

 

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Brakel

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

Campine Chickens

Campine

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

 

Cochin Chickens

Cochin

Heavy: Soft Feather

 

Croad Langshan Chickens

Croad Langshan

Heavy: Soft Feather

Dominique Chickens

Dominique

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)

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Dorking

Heavy: Soft Feather

 

 

Dutch Bantams

Dutch Bantam

True Bantam

 

Faverolles Chickens

Faverolles

Heavy: Soft Feather

 

 

Fayoumi Chickens

Fayoumi

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

 

Frizian Chickens

Friesian

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

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Frizzle

Heavy: Soft Feather

German Langshan Chicken

German Langshan

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

Hamburgh Chickens

Hamburgh

Light: Soft Feather

 

Houdan Chickens

Houdan

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)

Hybrid Chickens

Hybrids

Not Pure Bred!

 

Indian Game or Cornish Chickens

Indian Game

Hard Feather

 

 

 

Ixworth Chickens

Ixworth

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

 

 

 

Japanese Bantams

Japanese Bantam

True Bantam

 

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Jersey Giant

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)

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Ko Shamo

Asian Hard Feather

Kraiencoppe Chickens

Kraienkoppe / Twentse

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

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Kulang

Asian Hard Feather

La Fleche Chickens

La Flèche

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)

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Lakenvelder

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

 

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Legbar

Light: Soft Feather (Rare) Autosexing

 

Leghorn Chickens

Leghorn

Light: Soft Feather

 

 

Lincolnshire Buff Chickens

Lincolnshire Buff

Heavy: Soft Feather

Malay Chickens

Malay

Asian Hard Feather

 

 

Marans Chickens

Marans

Heavy: Soft Feather

 

Marsh Daisy Chickens

Marsh Daisy

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

 

Minorca Chickens

Minorca

Light: Soft Feather

 

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Modern Game

Hard Feather

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Modern Langshan

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)

Nankin Bantam

Nankin Bantam

True Bantam (Rare)

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Nankin Shamo

Asian Hard Feather

Extinct in the UK

New Hampshire Red Chickens

New Hampshire Red

Heavy: Soft Feather

 

Norfolk Grey Chickens

Norfolk Grey

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

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Ohiki

True Bantam (Rare)

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Carlisle Old English Game

Hard Feather

Oxford Old English Game

Oxford Old English Game

Hard Feather

 

Old English Game Bantam

Old English Game Bantam

Hard Feather

 

 

Old English Pheasant Fowl

 

Old English Pheasant Fowl

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

Orloff Chickens

Orloff

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)

Orpington Chickens

Orpington

Heavy: Light Feather

 

 

 

Pekin Bantams

Pekin Bantam

True Bantam

 

Plymouth Rock Chickens

Plymouth Rock

Heavy: Soft Feather

Poland Chickens

Poland

Light: Soft Feather

 

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Redcap

Light: Soft Feather

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Rhodebar

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

Rhode Island Red chickens

Rhode Island Red

Heavy: Soft Feather

Rosecomb Bantams

 

Rosecomb Bantam

True Bantam

Rumpless Game

 

Rumpless Game

Hard Feather (Rare)

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Satsumadori

Asian Hard Feather

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Scots Dumpy

Light: Soft Feather

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Scots Grey

Light: Soft Feather

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Sebright Bantam

True Bantam

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Serama

True Bantam

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Shamo

Asian Hard Feather

 

 

Sicilian Buttercup chickens

Sicilian Buttercup

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

Silkie Chickens

 

Silkie

Light: Soft Feather

 

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Spanish

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

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Sulmtaler

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

 

 

 

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Sultan

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

Sumatra Chickens

Sumatra

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

 

Sussex Chickens

Sussex

Heavy: Soft Feather

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Taiwan

Asian Hard Feather

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Thai Game

Asian Hard Feather

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Thuringian

Light: Soft Feather

 

Transylvanian Naked Neck Chickens

Transylvanian Naked

Neck

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)

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Tuzo

Asian Hard Feather

Vorwerk Chickens

Vorwerk

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

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Welbar

Light: Soft Feather (Rare) Autosexing

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Welsummer

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

Wyandotte Chickens

Wyandotte

Heavy: Soft Feather

 

Wybar Chickens

Wybar

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare) Autosexing

 

 

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Yakido

Asian Hard Feather(Rare)

Yamato Gunkei Chickens

Yamato Gunkei

Asian Hard Feather

Yokohama Chickens

Yokohama

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)

   

 

Chicken Breed Classifications

There are two sizes of fowl that exist - 'Large Fowl' (often abbreviated to L.F) and 'Bantam'. There are many breeds of each but not all breeds of large fowl can be found in bantam size and vice-versa. Where there is a bantam size only, these are called 'True Bantams'. For many large breeds, bantams are created afterwards as a miniature version by selecting the smallest birds repeatedly for many generations, sometimes crossing out to other small bantams in the process to get the small size.

As well as Large Fowl and Bantam sizes, there is another distinction made with ‘Hard' and ‘Soft' Feather breeds. Generally, hard feather breeds are ‘Game' varieties, who historically were cockfighting birds. These have a tighter feathering than the soft feather chicken breeds, who are more fluffy.

The Poultry Club of Great Britain classifies ‘Rare' breeds as those without their own breed club or society. The Rare Poultry Society looks after these remaining breeds.

We also have pages on Standard Duck Breeds and Goose Breeds, again with photos and individual breed pages.

Images are Copyright
Please do not use these images without permission.

Chicken Breeds Pictures Thanks... We have to give an extra special thank you to Rupert Stephenson, poultry photographer who has supplied us with so many first class chicken breeds pictures for this area of the site and the Poultry Club of Great Britain who have been very kind in allowing us to photograph birds at their shows.

Thank you also to Julia of the Asian Hardfeather Club who has supplied photos of Nankin Shamo - now very rare and only found in small numbers in Japan, Kulang Asil and Yakido.

 

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