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10 of the Most Beautiful & Colorful Chicken Breeds

If you are looking for the most multi-colored and colorful chicken breeds, you come to the right place. These chickens are not only beautiful but also adorable.

According to several sources, there are more than 500 chicken breeds around the world and some are disappearing while new breeds are being added each year. There are more than a hundred extinct breeds while there are also new breeds developed by both broiler and layer companies and gamecock breeders.

Breeds of chicken come and go but heritage breeds are here to stay so in this article we are going to show you our 10 favorites to make up this list of the most beautiful multi-colored chickens. 

There are many types of plumage. There are just plain ones like Black Australorp, Buff Orpington, White Leghorn, and other single-colored breeds but beauty is obvious when there are one or more colors combined.

Without further adieu, here are our top 10 most beautiful and colorful chicken breeds

1. Wyandottes

Regardless of their color, Wyandottes are the epitome of beauty when talking about colorful chicken plumage. Both the gold-laced and silver-laced Wyandottes are attractive while the blue-laced red is on another level. Wyandottes are very rare in the Philippines and if you can find one, you may probably see a mixed-raced with a slightly different color from what we have in the photo below.Golden-laced-Wyandottes

  • Gold Laced Wyandotte
  • Blue-laced red wyandotte
  • Silver laced wyandotte

I know someone from Tuguegarao who has a blue-laced red but the price is also gold

2. Barnevelders

Sometimes it’s hard to identify Barnevelders from Wyandottes because their colors look almost the same but the former is bigger than the latter.  Barnevelders are also available in gold-laced, blue-laced red, and silver-laced, but they are not as popular as Wyandottes in the US. Only a few farmers raise Barnevelders compared to Wyandottes.Barnevelder

  • Gold Laced Barnevelder
  • Blue-laced red Barnevelder
  • Silver laced barnevelder

3. Brahma Chickens

Brahma is one of the most famous breeds due to its enormous size and unique-looking legs and beards. They are also one of the most expensive chicken breeds in the Philippines and are hard to find. Brahma is not only one of the most colorful chicken breeds, it is also one of the most beautiful chickens.

Not known to many, purebred Brahmas are available only in three colors which are light, buff, and dark. If someone offers you a Brahma-looking chicken with a different color from what we mentioned here then it’s not a purebred chicken.Brahma colorful Chickens

  • Light Brahma
  • Buff Brahma
  • Dark Brahma

4. Sebright Chicken

Sebright Chicken might be the least known breed in this list because it is also the smallest. Sebright Chicken is bantam and is raised only as pets and ornaments. There are two colors of Sebright chicken, silver laced and gold laced.Sebright colorful chicken

  • Silver Sebright Chicken
  • Golden Sebright Chicken

5. Polish Chicken

Polish-ChickenPolish has 10 recognized colors but the most attractive is the bearded buff laced and the bearded crested silver laced. Other colors and varieties are bearded golden, non-bearded silver, bearded white, non-bearded black crested, non-bearded buff laced, non-bearded golden, non-bearded silver, non-bearded white, and non-bearded white crested.  Polish chickens are of standard size on the small side with roosters weighing around 2.5kgs with hens at around 1.9kgs.

6. Plymouth Rock Chickens

Plymouth Rock chickens are one of the most popular chicken breeds but unknown to many, Plymouth Rock has nine recognized color varieties. They are barred, black, black frizzle, blue, buff, Columbian, Patridge, silver penciled, and white. Of the nine varieties, the barred rock is the most popular followed by the white rock which is used in the breeding of many broilers. The most beautiful though is the barred rock and silver pencil. The latter along with other varieties except white and barred are hard to find nowadays.barred-plymouth-rock

  • Silver-Penciled Plymouth Rock
  • Barred Plymouth Rock

7. Sussex Chickens

Similar to Plymouth Rock, Sussex also has nine recognized colors. They are brown, buff Columbian, coronation, light, red, silver, speckled, and white. The most common are buff and light which happen to be the most beautiful among Sussex varieties.light-sussex

  • Light Sussex
  • Buff Sussex

8. Hamburg Chicken

The Hamburg, Hollands, or Hamburg, is a breed of chicken that is thought to have originated in Holland (in some sources, Hamburg, Germany) some time prior to the fourteenth century. The name may be spelled Hamburgh in the United Kingdom and in Australia.Hamburg-Chicken

The Hamburg is a small or medium-sized breed. Roosters weigh 2–2.5 kg and hens about 1.6–1.8 kg, with slender legs and a neat rose comb. The ring size is 16 mm for cocks and 15 mm for hens. Eleven different color varieties are recognized in Germany and Holland, including silver-spangled, gold-spangled, gold-penciled, citron-penciled, silver-penciled, white, black, and citron-spangled; six of these are included in the American standard of perfection. Penciled breeds are the smallest and self-colored birds are the largest. 

9. Welsummer

The Welsummer is a Dutch breed of domestic chicken. It originates in the small village of Welsum, in the eastern Netherlands. It was bred at the beginning of the twentieth century from local fowls of mixed origin: Rhode Island Reds, Barnevelders, Partridge Leghorns, Cochins, and Wyandottes. In 1922–23, steps were taken to fix a standard after the birds began to show a good deal of uniformity. The eggs were originally exported for the commercial egg trade. Some stock was exported to the United Kingdom, and the breed was added to the British Standard in 1930.Welsummer-chicken

Three plumage colors are listed for the Welsumer by the Entente Européenne d’Aviculture et de Cuniculture, of which only one, Red Partridge, is recognized in the Netherlands.

10. Cornish (Indian Game)

Cornish is the reason why we have broiler chicken. The broiler that we have today is mostly a cross of Cornish and White Plymouth Rock or Cornish and Rhode Island White (depending on the breeding company).cornish-chickens

It is recognized as “Indian Game” in Australia, by the Poultry Club of Great Britain in the United Kingdom, and by the Entente Européenne in Europe. In the United States, the name was changed in 1905 to “Cornish Indian Game”, and then in 1910 to “Cornish”. It was accepted by the American Poultry Association in 1893.

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