My Pet Chickens offers the best chicken breeds for sale! We compiled our 2023 data to find out what chicken breeds you, the customer, loved most. And we couldn't agree more with you! Some of these chicken breeds are also listed on our 10 Best Chicken Breeds Picked by My Pet Chicken Staff.
The top 9 chicken breeds that sold in 2023 are as follows:
1. Easter Egger - Top Selling Chicken Breed in 2023
Once again, Easter Eggers are at the top of the list! They have been our all-time best-selling breed year after year, with good reason!
Easter Eggers are super friendly; they are great layers of large eggs in shades of blue and green. Their plumage can vary from stark white to dark brown and black, from buff tones to blue to splash–and anything in between. Their smaller body size gives them an advantage in the heat, and their small pea comb means they do well in cold weather, too, because they are not as susceptible to frostbite.
While Easter Eggers chiefly lay blue or green eggs, a small percentage will lay another egg color, including tinted, brown, or even pinkish. Each hen will give ONE egg color. The egg color will not change from one egg being laid to another. For example, if your hen has just laid a green egg, it will lay a green egg its entire life.)
My Pet Chicken offers the following Easter Egger Breeds for sale: Lavender Dream Easter Egger, Blue Favaucana, Cuckoo Bluebar, Easter Egger, Easter Egger Bantam, Frizzle Easter Egger, Green Queen Easter Egger, Green Queen Easter Egger Bantam, Silked White Easter Egger, and Bountiful Blue Egg Layer.
2. Black Copper Marans
Who doesn't want those beautiful eggs in their basket?
THE chocolate egger breed — the Black Copper Marans! This breed is a must-have for those who adore a colorful egg basket!
Our Marans are bred chiefly for egg color, with an additional view toward hardiness and the breed standard. You can expect your Black Copper Marans to lay an egg anywhere from dark brown, to deep reddish-brown, to medium brown with many dark speckles. Marans make lovely pets, too - they are hardy, calm, and quiet and bear confinement well. They are said to be good foragers without being TOO destructive to your garden.
The very darkest eggs you receive from your lovely Black Copper Marans hen will be her first egg, and the eggs will lighten ever so slightly with each egg, up until her annual molt. After that, you will once again see her darkest egg.
My Pet Chicken offers the following Marans chicken breeds for sale: Black Copper Marans, Blue Copper Marans, Golden Cuckoo Marans, Silver Cuckoo Marans, Blue Cuckoo Marans, Wheaten Marans, Blue/Black/Splash Birchen Marans, and Blue Splash Marans.
3. Olive Egger
Olive eggers are a designer breed whose hens lay an assortment of beautiful olive eggs. They are friendly, easy-going breeds, so your Olive Egger will likely be a family favorite!
The hens are beautiful and have a wide range of appearances. They come in various feather patterns, colors, and types, including frizzled feathers. This is all due to the wide variety of breeds used when breeding. The main goal when breeding Olive Egger chickens is to achieve various shades of an olive or green-colored egg. They lay 3-5 medium to large eggs per week.
Olive Eggers are hardy and usually do well in cold and hot climates.
4. Barred Plymouth Rock
"Barred Rocks" are among the most popular dual-purpose chickens on small farms today. They're very friendly, are great layers of large brown eggs, and can withstand cold weather quite nicely.
Like the Faverolles, this is another breed whose males are often recommended as good roosters for the home flock, as they tend to be calm and kind compared to some breeds of roosters.
Roosters and hens are beautiful with feathers decorated in alternating bars of white and black and set off by their bright, alert eyes!
Though Barred Rocks tolerate confinement, they're happiest when they range freely.
5. Salmon Faverolles - Top chicken breed for sale in 2023
The Faverolles is one of our favorite chicken breeds. They're gorgeous and wonderfully odd-looking, with muffs, a beard, feathered legs, and five toes. Salmon is the most commonly available variety of Faverolles, and we offer them here at My Pet Chicken.
Salmon Faverolles hens lay medium-sized creamy light brown or tinted eggs in prolific numbers, and they are good winter layers, too. They are shy and sweet-natured but so docile that they tend to find themselves at the bottom of the pecking order in a mixed flock.
The Salmon Faverolle hens are beautiful, with colors ranging from a honeyed salmon with white lacing, snowy breasts, and fluffy white faces to a darker, mahogany color with pretty speckled beards.
Salmon Faverolle roosters are huge and magnificent, parading around with a virtual rainbow of colors: iridescent black, where the hens are white, burnished with bronze on their backs and wings. At the same time, their hackles and saddles are the color of pale straw.
Male Faverolles are remarkably calm and dignified and make great roosters for the home flock since they are not as aggressive as others.
Welsummer chickens are named after the village of Welsum, Holland, and were first imported into this country in 1928. Hens lay large, medium to deep brown eggs that are often speckled, making them very lovely! The top-selling chicken breed is an upright, active bird with a broad back, full breast, and large full tail.
The birds have single combs, medium wattles, almond-shaped ear lobes, and a strong, short beak. The coloring on the eggs is so thick that if you catch it while the egg is still wet, you can wipe off some of the brown with a clean cloth! Remember that, as with all dark egg layers, the eggs will vary in color, growing lighter as the hens get into the full swing of laying and darkening again after a break in laying (like a molt).
They are friendly, intelligent, and easily handled birds that love to free range and forage for food but can also be kept in runs quite happily.
7. Cream Legbar - Top chicken breed for sale in 2023
The Cream Legbar chicken originated in Britain and was developed by crossbreeding Leghorns and Barred Plymouth Rocks.
A standout feature of the Cream Legbar breed is its impressive egg-laying capabilities. Hens lay beautiful blue eggs, adding a colorful touch to your daily egg collection. The breed is renowned for its consistent and reliable egg production, making it a favorite among backyard poultry keepers.
Known for their friendly and inquisitive nature, Cream Legbars make excellent companions for families and individuals alike. They boast an elegant and eye-catching appearance, recognized by their crested heads, slender bodies.
8. Speckled Sussex
Speckled Sussex chickens are renowned for their distinctive speckled plumage, which consists of a beautiful blend of brown, black, and white feathers. Originating from Sussex, England, these chickens bring a touch of rustic elegance to any backyard flock.
With their friendly disposition and eye-catching appearance, Speckled Sussex chickens are the perfect choice for those seeking both aesthetically pleasing and sociable chicken companions. They are excellent
9. Blue Splash Marans
Blue Splash Marans chickens are known for their docile and friendly nature. They can integrate well into a mixed flock and tend to be sociable with their human caregivers. Their calm demeanor makes them a great choice for families.
The Blue Splash Marans is known for its blue splash pattern on its feathers, giving it a distinguished and charming look. These chickens are of medium size, with a well-rounded body and a proud posture.
A significant allure of the Blue Splash Marans lies in its dark chocolate-brown eggs – a sought-after feature of many backyard chicken keepers.
Do you have any of these chicken breeds in your backyard chicken flock? Share which ones in the comments below.