Silkies are one of the best chicken breeds to keep as pets because of their size and temperament.
Large chickens can be wonderfully friendly also! The Speckled Sussex is a fairly large but beautiful chicken.
Another larger-sized chicken, the Orpington, is a good all-purpose utility breed, providing both eggs and meat.
The Rhode Island Red is one of my favorite chicken breeds. We have had a few but they’ve always been incredibly friendly.
Cochins are one of the largest breeds of chickens you will ever have in your chicken coop. Giant hens weight in at about 8 pounds.
Wyandottes are classified as a dual-purpose breed, so they are not particularly small birds.
Smallish and friendly, Australorps are a great breed for people looking for pet chickens in their backyard flock.
“Easter Eggers” is not actually a true breed. They are trendy hybrids of Araucana and Ameraucana chicken heritage.
However, as the only breed in a backyard chicken family, Faverolles are the ultimate chicken companions for children.
Jersey Giant chickens are a very friendly, calm, and docile breed. Of particular note with this breed is they very friendly.