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10 Most Beautiful Multi-colored Chicken Breeds

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 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 multi-colored chickens

1. Wyandottes

From left to right: Gold Laced Wyandotte, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte, Silver Laced Wyandotte

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 really 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 on the photo below.

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

2. Barnevelders

From left to right: Silver Laced Varnevelder, Gold Laced Barnevelder, Blue Double Laced Barnevelder

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.

3. Brahma Chickens

From left to right: Buff Brahma, Dark Brahma, Light Brahma

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.

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.

4. Sebright Chicken

Golden Sebright Chicken (left) and Silver Sebright Chicken (right)

Sebright Chicken might be the least known breed in this list due to the fact that 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.

5. Polish Chicken

Polish chicken verities. Image credit Domesticanimalbreeds

Polish 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, 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

Silver-Penciled Plymouth Rock (left), and Barred Plymouth Rock (right)

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, partridge, silver penciled, and white. Of the nine varieties, the barred rock is the most popular followed by the White Plymouth rock which is used in the breeding of many broilers. The most beautiful though is the barred rock and silver penciled. The latter along with other varieties except white and barred are hard to find nowadays.

7. Sussex Chickens

Light Sussex (left), Buff Sussex (right)

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 is one of the most popular domestic chicken breeds in the Philippines.

8. Hamburg Chicken

Golden Penciled Hamburg (left), and Silver Spangled Hamburg (right)

The Hamburg, Hollands hoen, or Hamburger, 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.

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. 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

A trio Welsummer hens

Welsumer 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.

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. The Red Patridge is similar to the Philippine’s native “Darag”

10. Cornish (Indian Game)

Cornish Chicken

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).

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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