Chicken Breeds

The Chicken Breed Selector: UK Standardised Breeds

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

This page lists all 93 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.

Ancona ChickenAncona
Light: Soft Feather
Andalusian ChickenAndalusian
Light: Soft Feather
Appenzeller Barthuhner ChickenAppenzeller Barthuhner
Light: Soft Feather
Appenzeller Spitzhauben ChickenAppenzeller Spitzhauben
Light: Soft Feather
Araucana ChickenAraucana
Light: Soft Feather
Rumpless Araucana Chicken
Rumpless Araucana
Light: Soft Feather
Asil Chicken
Asil (Aseel)
Asian Hard Feather
Australorp ChickenAustralorp
Heavy: Soft Feather
Barbu D-Anvers ChickenBarbu d’Anvers
Belgian Bantam
Barbu D-Uccle Chicken
Barbu d’Uccle
Belgian Bantam
Barbu de Watermael Chicken
Barbu de Watermael
Belgian Bantam
Barbu D-Everberg Chicken
Barbu d’Everberg
Belgian Bantam
Barbu de Grubbe Chicken
Barbu du Grubbe
Belgian Bantam
Barnevelder ChickenBarnevelder
Heavy: Soft Feather
Booted BantamBooted Bantam
True Bantam (Rare)
Brahma Chicken
Brahma
Heavy: Soft Feather
Brakel Chicken
Brakel
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Campine Chicken
Campine

Light: Soft Feather (Rare)
Cochin Chicken
Cochin

Heavy: Soft Feather
Croad Langshan
Croad Langshan
Heavy: Soft Feather
Dominique Chicken
Dominique

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)
Dorking Chicken
Dorking

Heavy: Soft Feather
Dutch Bantam
Dutch Bantam

True Bantam
Faverolles ChickenFaverolles
Heavy: Soft Feather
Fayoumi ChickensFayoumi
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Frizian ChickenFriesian
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Frizzle ChickenFrizzle
Heavy: Soft Feather
German Langshan ChickenGerman Langshan
Heavy: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Hamburgh ChickenHamburgh
Light: Soft Feather
Houdan ChickenHoudan
Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)
Hybrid ChickenHybrids
Not Pure Bred!
Indian Game Chicken
Indian Game
Hard Feather
Ixworth ChickenIxworth
Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)
Japanese BantamJapanese Bantam
True Bantam
Jersey Giant ChickenJersey Giant
Heavy: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Ko Shamo Chicken
Ko Shamo
Asian Hard Feather
Kraiencoppe ChickenKraienkoppe / Twentse
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Kulang Asil Chicken
Kulang
Asian Hard Feather
La Fleche Chicken
La Flèche

Heavy: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Lakenvelder Chicken
Lakenvelder
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Legbar ChickenLegbar
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare) Autosexing
Leghorn ChickenLeghorn
Light: Soft Feather
Lincolnshire BuffLincolnshire Buff
Heavy: Soft Feather
Malay Chicken
Malay
Asian Hard Feather
Marans ChickenMarans
Heavy: Soft Feather
Marsh Daisy ChickenMarsh Daisy
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Minorca ChickenMinorca
Light: Soft Feather
Modern Game Chicken
Modern Game
Hard Feather
Modern Langshan Chicken
Modern Langshan
Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)
Nankin Bantam
Nankin Bantam
True Bantam
(Rare)
Nankin Shamo Chicken
Nankin Shamo
Asian Hard Feather

Extinct in the UK
New Hampshire Red Chicken
New Hampshire Red
Heavy: Soft Feather
Norfolk Grey ChickenNorfolk Grey
Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)
Ohiki ChickenOhiki
True Bantam
(Rare)
Carlisle Old English Game ChickenCarlisle 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)
Russian Orloff Chicken
Orloff
Heavy: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Orpington ChickenOrpington
Heavy: Light Feather
Pekin BantamPekin Bantam
True Bantam
Plymouth Rock ChickenPlymouth Rock
Heavy: Soft Feather
Poland ChickenPoland
Light: Soft Feather
Derbyshire Redcap Chicken
Redcap
Light: Soft Feather
Rhodebar Chicken
Rhodebar

Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)
Rhode Island Red ChickenRhode Island Red
Heavy: Soft Feather
Rosecomb Bantam
Rosecomb Bantam
True Bantam
Rumpless Game
Rumpless Game
Hard Feather
(Rare)
Satsumadori Chicken
Satsumadori
Asian Hard Feather
 Scotts Dumpy
Scots Dumpy
Light: Soft Feather
Scotts Grey
Scots Grey
Light: Soft Feather
Sebright Bantam
Sebright Bantam

True Bantam
Serama Bantam
Serama

True Bantam
Shamo Chicken
Shamo
Asian Hard Feather
Sicilian Buttercup Chicken
Sicilian Buttercup
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Silkie Chicken
Silkie

Light: Soft Feather
Spanish Chicken
Spanish
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Sulmtaler Chicken
Sulmtaler
Light: Soft Feather (Rare)
Sultan Chicken
Sultan
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Sumatra Chicken
Sumatra
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Sussex ChickenSussex
Heavy: Soft Feather
Taiwan Chicken
Taiwan
Asian Hard Feather
Thai Game Chicken
Thai Game
Asian Hard Feather
Thuringian Chickens
Thuringian

Light: Soft Feather
Transylvanian Naked Neck Chicken
Transylvanian Naked Neck
Heavy: Soft Feather (Rare)
Tuzo Chicken
Tuzo
Asian Hard Feather
Vorwerk Chicken
Vorwerk
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Welbar Chicken
Welbar
Light: Soft Feather
(Rare) Autosexing
Welsummer Chicken
Welsummer

Light: Soft Feather
(Rare)
Wyandotte Chicken
Wyandotte
Heavy: Soft Feather
Wybar Chicken
Wybar
Heavy: Soft Feather
(Rare) Autosexing
Yakido Chicken
Yakido
Asian Hard Feather
(Rare)
Yamato Gunkei Chicken
Yamato Gunkei
Asian Hard Feather
Yokohama Chicken
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’. 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 reduce their 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 cock fighting 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 breeds.

Thanks

This page has been a rather big project. A special thank you to Rupert Stephenson who has spent many years visiting shows to capture many of these breed photographs and has helped me enormously to create these pages.