When we think of chickens we usually think of them much like that of the chicken on the Kellogg’s cornflakes box. The chicken represented on there is actually a breed known as the Welsummer. They are a splash of mixed color and very beautiful. This article we look at breeds that sport pure white plumage.
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OUR TOP 10 CHICKEN BREEDS SPORTING WHITE PLUMAGE
1. White Minorca
The White Minorca is a Mediterranean breed and is not that common. Most of the Minorca’s are completely black with a red face and white earlobes. These chickens are a bit flighty but are the friendliest of the Mediterranean breed. They also love to forage and so are not that expensive to feed. Read More
2. White Polish
The White Polish chickens are big balls of fluff and truly beautiful chickens. They are also quite good layers of medium sized white eggs. These chickens are friendly but tend to jump a lot not because they are skittish but because their crest covers their eyes, so they don’t see very well.Read More
3. White Hamburg
The Whit Hamburg chicken makes for an exceptional show bird. They are good layers of medium sized white egg and have an even temperament. But they do not really like to be confined and are exceptionally good flyers. They also love to fly so their run may need to be closed or their wings clipped to keep them from flying the coop. Read More
4. Rhode Island White
The Rhode Island White may share the same name as the Rhode Island Red, but they are different breeds. These lovely pure white chickens are an all-purpose chicken that lay around 240 to 250 large brown eggs a year. They also make really good table birds. Read More
5. Shaver White
The Shaver White is a hybrid that was developed by Dr Shaver at Hendrix Genetics. These beautiful pure white birds are very eating and laying efficient. Their food intake is not that much whilst they still lay an extraordinary amount of eggs per year. They are also a commercial breed which means they are usually found in animal shelters in need of some TLC as a rescue bird.
6. White Leghorn
The White Leghorn knows how to strut its beautiful white plumage with a regal bearing. These chickens are not overly friendly but can be tamed with the right care from young. They have been known for the great egg laying abilities. You can expect around 200 to 280 extra large white eggs a year. Read More
7. White Brahma
I do love these cuddly chickens they are the teddy bears of the chicken world. White Brahma look like they are wearing large white fluffy pyjamas with bloomers underneath. Their feathered legs and feet look like they have equally fluffy boot type slippers on. They have the most amazing natures but can be quite lazy, so you have to watch their feed intake. They do love to eat! They are also very large chickens!Read More
8. White Onagadori
The Onagadori in any of its recognized colors is an outstandingly beautiful bird. With is extremely long tail feathers some up to or even exceeding 12 meters in length. But to me, the color that makes the biggest impression is the pure white Onagadori. These chickens are definitely not for the beginner chicken breeder and are also a Natural Heritage treasure of Japan. They do not lay too many eggs and are not really a table bird. But as a show breed, they are outstanding and very rare!Read More
When I say White silkie I want to clear up that I am referencing here to its feather coloring. The white Silkie, like that of the black Silkie’s feathering, is completely white. From its fluffy head to it fully toes. This tough little chicken breed makes for an excellent, pet, broody hen and mother. They are also really good around kids as they are quite a touch little chicken breed. Their skin color, however, varies between black or blue.Read More
10. White Modern Game
Known as the supermodels of the chicken world. These super slim, stylish chickens with their long legs come in a variation of colors. Pure white being a show stopper as the White Modern Game chicken seem to wear her white plumage like a queen. They are also a rare breed these days! Read More
If you are new to owning chickens, looking to starting out before making a choice of chicken breed it is best to have a clear vision as to what you are wanting to get out of owning chickens. Are you looking for fresh eggs, a pet, etc? For advice on keeping chickens see our “The first-time chicken owners starter guide”.