All 14 Fluffy Chicken Breeds: Ranked By Softest

Chickens are truly a genetic marvel.

They can be big or small, come in a huge range of colors, lay eggs in almost any color of the rainbow, and have stunning feather patterns.

Some of the most popular chickens are fluffy.

Who does not love a fluffy chicken?

Fluffy chickens have beautiful soft feathers and often have feathered feet too. But did you know that there are only 14 fluffy chicken breeds?

Keep reading to find the perfect one for your flock…

Related: The 15 Cutest Chicken Breeds: Ranked By Most Adorable

14. Silkie

White Silkie

When picturing a fluffy chicken, this gorgeous breed is exactly what comes to mind.

Silkies are full of fluff from head to tail. Their feathers are known for their almost hair-like texture which makes them one of the fluffiest chickens around.

They are very docile and are usually quite low on the pecking order. They can be quite the interesting chickens though because they have a rare gene that makes their skin, muscles, and organs black.

Silkies have a sweet and motherly nature.

They are one of the broodiest breeds and have no problem adopting eggs that are not their own to hatch for you.

Because their feathers are so fluffy they do best in warm, dry climates where their feathers can stay nice and dry.

  • Color: Black, white, buff, splash, blue
  • Egg Laying: 2-3 week
  • Egg Color: Cream

13. Brahma

Light Brahma Chicken

If you are looking for a giant fluffy chicken then you have just found your perfect match!

Brahmas are big chickens and can reach 8-10lbs.

These beautiful chickens are fluffy from the neck down. This includes their heavily feathered feet and fluffy tail. Most of their size comes from their bulky feathers.

The Brahma breed is well known for being beginner friendly.

Despite their huge size, they have a reputation for being extraordinarily gentle too. They are even known to be great with children.

Be warned: although they are mostly feathers, Brahmas are one hungry breed.

They need to eat a lot in order to maintain a healthy size so your feed bill will be expensive.

  • Color: Dark, light, or buff
  • Egg Laying: 3-4 week
  • Egg Color: Brown

12. Ameraucana

Ameraucana Chicken

The Ameraucana is best known for laying stunning light blue eggs.

When it comes to fluff, these chickens have fluffy bodies and tails, and also huge muffs and a beard.

These chickens look and act just as gentle as you would expect.

Ameraucanas make a very good beginner breed and add a pop of color and variety to any backyard. They come in a huge variety of colors, all of which lay their signature light blue eggs.

They are good with children as long as the kids are able to understand that these chickens do not like to be handled. However, they do enjoy the company of people and are very social with them. Ameraucanas make great free range chickens as they are very alert and capable when it comes to warning the rest of your flock about predators.

  • Color: Black, blue, buff, wheaten, white, brown-red
  • Egg Laying: 3-4 week
  • Egg Color: Light blue

11. Welsummer

Welsummer Hen Close Up

Welsummers come in three color varieties known as partridge, gold duckwing, and silver duckwing. These chickens are show-stoppers.

Although they might not be the cuddliest chicken in the world, their body feathers are wonderfully fluffy and stunning to look at.

This breed is not just cold hardy; it is everything hardy. No matter the weather or climate, you can bet on these independent hens to be roaming about your yard without a care in the world. They make great foragers and do well taking care of themselves. They like to manage themselves and usually won’t approach you unless you have food.

Not to mention their lovely terracotta speckled eggs!

These chickens are recommended for beginners as they are so independent and hardy.

  • Color: Partridge, gold duckwing, silver duckwing
  • Egg Laying: 4 week
  • Egg Color: Terracotta

10. Chantecler


The Chantecler was born and bred to survive the toughest Canadian winters. This makes them extremely cold hardy and great in tough climates.

You can find them in three colors (partridge, buff, and white).

Their feathers are special beyond just their pretty color. They have a double coat of feathers all over their body. This means they have two feather layers, the lower being fully fluff that keeps them warm during harsh winters. These chickens look like walking cotton balls thanks to their double coat.

These gentle chickens are very sweet and independent.

They will need to spend lots of time free ranging to make sure that they are happy and well exercised.

Chanteclers are a wonderful dual purpose breed and will lay 4 large brown eggs per week.

  • Color: Partridge, buff, white
  • Egg Laying: 4 week
  • Egg Color: Brown

9. Cochin

Cochin Breed

The Cochin is a gentle, fluffy, giant.

Because of all of their fluff they are nearly round. They even have feathered feet to match!

Cochins come in almost every color imaginable. You can find them in black, buff, mottled, white, and even barred.

There is so much to love about this big breed, but their true draw is their incredible temperament. Cochins are very cuddly and love to sit in people’s laps. They can be kept both outside and inside as pets.

Cochins make fantastic mothers too. They are often broody and enjoy adopting and raising chicks as often as they can. Both hens and roosters are known to be docile and loving, which is very rare. Their fluff makes them very cold hardy. These traits combined make them great beginner birds as long as you are not too concerned about egg laying.

  • Color: Barred, white, black, buff, mottled, red
  • Egg Laying: 2 week
  • Egg Color: Brown

8. Orpington

Buff Orpington Chicken

Orpingtons are a delightful dual purpose breed.

These chickens are fluffy from the neck down and their fluff makes them very capable of handling cold weather.

Orpingtons are gentle and docile. They do very well with kids and enjoy large farms or smaller backyards to free range in. They are also good with being handled and are very sociable with people. This makes them ideal for suburban homesteads as they will not disrupt your neighbors.

They can get bullied by bolder members of your flock, so watch over them to make sure they are safe.

As a dual purpose breed, they are good layers and will usually lay eggs 3-5 times per week. These eggs are normally light brown and medium sized.

  • Color: Buff, white, cuckoo, black, spangled, lavender
  • Egg Laying: 3-5 week
  • Egg Color: Light brown

7. Wyandotte

Silver Wyandotte

Wyandottes have a fluffy, bulky body with beautiful, eye-catching feathers.

The signature lacing pattern on their feathers helps them stand out in any flock.

Wyandotte Chickens are hard workers who enjoy being left to their own devices. These independent chickens are not the friendliest with people, but are amazing at managing themselves.

They are also reliable egg layers.

This breed will consistently lay 3-4 light brown or cream eggs per week.

Although they do not enjoy being handled, Wyandottes are docile and friendly.

This strong independent streak makes them extremely capable when it comes to free ranging.

  • Color: Silver-Laced, Gold-Laced, Blue-Laced, Red-Laced
  • Egg Laying: 3-4 week
  • Egg Color: Light brown or cream

6. Sapphire Gem

Sapphire Gem Chicken

The Sapphire Gem Chicken has a beautiful combination of blue and lavender feathers.

They are relatively fluffy from the neck down, but do not have feathered legs.

These chickens are fantastic egg layers and and can lay 5-6 eggs per week. If you are a lover of large eggs, you should definitely consider adding a Sapphire Gem to your flock.

This fluffy chicken is very docile and calm.

Their temperament makes them easygoing chickens that do well with other breeds of chicken and get along well with children.

If you are a fan of big eggs and stunning colors, then give the Sapphire Gem a place in your flock.

  • Color: Blue and lavender
  • Egg Laying: 5-6 week
  • Egg Color: Brown

5. Easter Egger

Easter Egger Close Up

Easter Eggers come in nearly every color and lay eggs in just about any color too.

Most Easter Eggers have large muffs and beards along with a fluffy body that makes them look like little teddy bears wandering your garden.

No two will ever look exactly the same either, which makes it very easy to tell these chickens apart.

Easter Eggers are easygoing and friendly which makes them very beginner friendly. These fluffy chickens are good with children too. Anyone can enjoy the company of an Easter Egger!

They are also great egg layers.

These chickens have the nickname of “rainbow layers” because of the huge variety of egg colors they can lay. The most common varieties are white, brown, blue, and green.

  • Color: White, black, brown, or mixed
  • Egg Laying: 4 week
  • Egg Color: Blue, green, pink, white, brown

4. Marans

Marans Chickens

Marans have been kept in backyards since the 1900s.

They have sleek heads and necks with fluffy bodies. French Marans have feathered feet as well. The English variety will not have feathered feet, so keep this in mind.

Marans have great personalities and are reliable egg layers.

They usually lay around 4 eggs per week and they are a beautiful dark brown to chocolate color.

Marans are good with children and love the company of people. They are also very easy to handle if you enjoy interacting with your girls. These chickens make for great flock members and thrive in colder climates.

  • Color: Black copper, cuckoo, birchen, black, white, wheaten
  • Egg Laying: 4 week
  • Egg Color: Dark brown and chocolate

3. Frizzle

Silkie Frizzle Chicken

Frizzles are not technically a breed on their own, but a genetic variation that occurs across many chicken breeds to create a fluffy variety.

Instead of normal feathers, Frizzle chickens have feathers which curl upwards. This gives them an almost wavy or curly appearance, and they are fluffy all over.

What your Frizzle looks like will depend on what breed their parents are.

Just like Silkies though, the Frizzle’s feathers mean they struggle in cold and wet conditions. You need to keep them dry and warm all year round.

  • Color: Buff, brown, black, white
  • Egg Laying: 2-4 week
  • Egg Color: Cream or brown

2. Sultan


The Sultan is known for their iconic v-comb, heavily feathered feet, large beard and muffs, and pure white feather coloring. These gorgeous chickens are beautiful statements in any flock.

These fluffy white chickens even have fluffy feet.

Sultans are very low maintenance and are good in a mixed flock.

However, you need to make sure you are able to care for their vulture hocks as they make them more fragile than other breeds.

These beautiful hens have been a showstopper for centuries and will hopefully continue to be one for many more years to come.

  • Color: White
  • Egg Laying: 1 week
  • Egg Color: White

1. Faverolle

Salmon Faverolle Outside

Faverolles have large muffs and a beard which covers their whole face with fluff. They are fluffy all over and even have feathered legs.

The most popular color variety is the salmon, although they come in many more colors.

They also have a great personality.

These chickens are always up to something. They tend to be sweet and goofy, with endless curiosity. Not to mention they love to be around people and do very well on homesteads with children. A Faverolle can fit in just about anywhere as they are quiet birds that can adapt to their environment.

They can fit in just about any flock as they are largely docile.

If you are looking for a quiet, yet entertaining chicken to watch, that is great with people, then the Faverolle might just be the breed for you.

  • Color: Salmon, white, mahogany, cuckoo, splash
  • Egg Laying: 3-4 week
  • Egg Color: Tinted brown

Which Fluffy Chicken Is Right For You?

As you can see, there is a perfect fluffy chicken for every backyard.

You can find them in every color and temperament.

Some breeds, like the Chantecler and Sultan, are in danger of becoming extinct. So if you like these breeds you can play a huge role in keeping their history alive in your backyard!

Hopefully you now know more about some incredible fluffy birds.

Which breed was your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below…

Chris Lesley Bio Picture
Chris Lesley has been Raising Chickens for over 20 years and is a fourth generation chicken keeper. She can remember being a young child when her grandad first taught her how to hold and care for chickens. She also holds a certificate in Animal Behavior and Welfare and is interested in backyard chicken health and care.

1 Comment

  1. Hello, 71 year old first time chicken raiser, looking forward to some great eggs.
    The Sapphire Gems were bought on a whim. So glad we did, yes they are very docile, but don’t mind giving you a peck when they feel like it. So great looking their chest looks like armor from the knights of old. Just very happy we have them. and as they grow I hope to report back.
    But these are fantastic birds.

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