There are many beautiful chicken breeds to choose from. They can be chosen for their egg-laying abilities, their meat quality, as a dual-purpose breed, a pet and or a show bird.
Not only do they come in all shapes and sizes they come in various feather colors and color patterns too.
For the different color variations that chicken breeds come in please read our article “The Different Chicken Feather Color Varieties and Patterns”.
In this article, I have put together my top 10 Black and White feather colored chicken breeds!
10 Black and White Feathered Chicken Breeds
Silver Spangled Hamburg
The Silver Spangled Hamburg is not only a beautiful chicken, but they are also very economical to feed. They do not eat as much as most other breeds as they prefer to forage for their own. They are a very sprightly character that always seems cheerful, alert and happy. Their beautiful silver-white feathers are dotted with rich black flecks. It gives them a polka dot effect. And their rose comb makes them look as if they are smartly attired. These chickens will also give you a good amount of medium sized white eggs for the table. Read More
Silver Laced Polish
I have to admit whenever I see the Silver Laced Polish chicken breed I have to smile. These chickens look like they have crazy hats on. Their crests are an array of white feathers rimmed with black. Usually, all you can see is the crest and their little yellow beak as the crest nearly completely covers their eyes. The Black laced edging around the white feather gives them a beautiful black and white lacey pattern to their plumage. They will lay about 200 medium/large white eggs a year.Read More
Barred Plymouth Rock
The Barred Plymouth Rock is a dual-purpose bird with a really great quality meat and will lay a good amount of Large Brown eggs for the table each year. They usually lay around 4 -5 eggs per week and are a value to any flock. They have a great nature and the Barred variety has feathers that look like they have black and white stripes. They are a very popular farm and or homestead breed that are fast gaining attention in backyard coops. They are intelligent, curious, easy to handle and will adapt to most sized gardens.Read More
A prolific layer of between 250 to 280 large/extra-large eggs per year. The light Sussex chicken is a very old breed that has been gracing the back gardens of Europe and England for many, many years. This chicken has been kept for both its egg laying abilities and high-quality tasty meat. It is also a very friendly, calm, smart and adaptable chicken breed. A person cannot go wrong with a Sussex chicken or two in the garden. Their Light Sussex has white feathers that cover its entire body with its hackle and tail feathers having black edgings. The male’s tail feathers are completely black with the female’s having some completely black tail-feathers mixed with a few white ones with the same black markings as on their Hackles. I have to admit that this is one of my favorite breeds of chicken. Read More
The Dominique is also known as the Pilgrim fowl or the Dominicker. The black and white barred markings on this chicken breed along with their flared tailfeathers giving them almost the same look as a turkey. This is one of the oldest chicken breeds in the United States and used to be highly regarded as a dual-purpose breed. The lay a decent amount of Large Brown eggs a year for the table and are such wonderfully nurturing, calm and friendly birds. I would go as far as to say they have really great manners. Owners of these chickens are always commenting on their sweet natures and fun antics.Read More
Silver Spangled Appenzeller
The Silver Spangled Appenzeller always looks like it has just stepped out of a hair (or rather a feather) salon. Their crests look as if they have just been neatly swept up and coiffed on top of their head. Their V-shaped combs look like a tiara holding back their crest. Their silver-white feathers are dotted with black markings giving them a speckled look.
This breed is also held in high esteem in its country of origin which is Switzerland. There it is the national breed of Switzerland. They are excellent climbers, foragers and do well in any weather condition making there very hardy birds. The only thing I would warn about this bird is that they do not like to be confined and do need space to roam, free-range and forage about. They do lay a decent amount of medium white eggs a year.Read More
Silver Spangled Orloff (or Russian Orloff)
This breed is also known as the Russian Orloff although it is originally from Persia. The breed was developed and bred by a Russian count and is where it got its name from. The Silver Orloff is an extremely beautiful bird in both the male and female sex. With its silver-white body spangled with black. On the females, the black spangles cover from her head to her body. Her beautiful fanned tails are white with a few spangles dotted on it. Their clean legs are silver grey! The males hackle feather varies from having black pencilling on the silver-white or just completely silver white. His tail feather, however, is usually always white with black tips. They were bred as a dual-purpose breed and are said to have very sweet tasty meat. The hens will lay a fair amount of medium to large light brown eggs. Roughly around 3 per week.
These are really magnificent chickens they have a cool, calm regal bearing about them. They are also quite friendly, alert, intelligent and can be easy to handle if raised correctly.Read More
They are not overly friendly but can be tamed if raised from chicks. The Silver Lakenvelder has got to be one of the most beautiful black and white feathered breeds. They also carry themselves like supermodels and are very inquisitive some people even say they an A-type personality. Both the males and females have silver-white feathers that are spangled with black on the hackles and tail feathers. Some of the males, however, have completely black hackles and tail feathers. They are also good layers of medium to large cream-colored eggs.Read More
Silver Laced Wyandotte
I do love the Silver Laced Wyandotte their pretty white plumes laced with black edgings. They always bring to mind what the image of a true mother hen looks like. Although to the flock they can be quite bossy and a bit domineering they are also such friendly birds. They like to keep their flock in order and will not tolerate disarray. But they keep the flock together in such a calm amicable way you can forgive her bossiness. They are also very good dual-purpose birds in that you will get top quality tasty meat and they lay around 250 Large brown eggs a year.
I can recommend these birds for most flocks and they do tend to bear confinement well.Read More
The Mottled Ancona has black feather mottled with white spots on them. Some have a lot of white mottled spots others have a few. They also come in the rose comb and single comb variety. Their feathers are also tightly knit which makes them able to endure the hotter climates. Like most Mediterranean class chicken breeds though they can be a bit flighty. They also tend to be skittish around humans and not too friendly. But they are excellent layers of large white eggs. They lay approximately 250 to 300 a year. They also love to free-range, so they do not cost that much to feed.Read More