Do hens have personality?

Do chickens have personalities?

Do chickens have personalities? - Credit: Archant

See our October issue for a detailed guide by our ‘Chicken Shrink’, Dr Nicola Davies!

If you have kept chickens for a while, you will have noticed how breeds have very different characters. Some are docile, while others are more spirited. Some enjoy being handled, whilst others are more independent. Some are very inquisitive, and others just mind their own business. Choosing the right breed for you would be considerably simplified if you knew what to expect from some of the popular breeds. Of course, you might be more interested in egg production, in which case you should still consider personality, if only because you’ll be sharing your garden with your chickens and need a breed you can live with.

Just like different breeds of cats and dogs have a predisposition to certain personality traits, the same is true of chickens.

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PICTURED: Tracey Langrill who keeps chickens in Mid Devon pictured with some of her flock

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