Cochin chickens may be too big for small urban farms, but the breed does well in colder climates. Feed them greens daily for optimum health.


Because of their small size and gentle nature, Nankins can have trouble competing with larger fowl for food.


The Java does best when allowed to free-range.


Hamburgs tend to be active, flighty birds and don’t like to be confined. They fare best in free-ranging flocks.


Standard-sized Delaware chickens may be too large for small urban farms


Leghorns tolerate confinement, so they are a good breed for an urban coop. They are intelligent and friendly if handled from a young age.


Campines are active and prefer to free range, but will tolerate confinement.


Silkies need particularly clean conditions to keep their feathers looking good.

White-faced Black Spanish

Young birds may take some time to develop the breed’s classic white face. White-faced Black Spanish chickens tolerate confinement well.

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