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Chicken Buying Guide

Use our guides and knowledge to help you build the perfect flock.

Why is it important to have compatible chickens?

Not all hens can live in harmony and ensuring you make the correct breed choices will mean the difference between a happy flock or a discombobulated flock. All breeds have different personalities and requirements, some cannot be mixed as they may fight, get lonely and be disconnected, this can lead to bullying, depression and even death. Look out for our quick look buying guide or use our unique compatibility checker below to choose the right birds for you.

Good With Most

This indicates that this breed will be suited with most other breeds, some breeds may be more delicate and not suited to being placed with larger or more aggressive breeds and some may be fine in smaller flocks but can bully more delicate breeds if in greater number.

Bomb Proof

This indicates that this breed can handle pretty much anything, they will be confident, strong and robust, they will usually have a calm nature but will not be easily bullied, however, due to their docile nature don’t put them in a flock where they are heavily outnumbered by Hybrids.

Handle With Care

This indicates that this breed, although not hard to care for is delicate and not suited in large flocks of rangy or aggressive breeds, they will be happier in a flock of gentle breeds or breeds labelled Good With Most, avoid mixing with Hybrids and they will usually be better in their breed pairs.


This indicates that this breed is not aggressive per-se, but not really suited to mix with smaller bantams or to outnumber other breeds, they are better with their own kind or breeds of a similar size and nature.

Make Great Pets

This indicates that this breed make wonderful pets for both adults and children, they will have a docile nature and will be easy to handle, they will enjoy human interaction and company, they will be easy to handle and ideal for back garden set ups.

Aloof But Friendly

This indicates that this breed will be very inquisitive and friendly; however, they can seem a little aloof as they do not like being handled too much and will be self-sufficient, they prefer to ‘chicken’ about doing their own thing.

Pipinchick Breed Checker

Use our interactive and unique breed guide to find your perfect chicken breed.

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Here is a quick look at all the different breeds of chickens we raise on our farm at Pipinchick, simply click the picture for more information on each breed.

Need More help?

If you are still not sure or have any more questions regarding which breeds might be right for you, please get in touch. We have a dedicated team of poultry experts on hand to help.

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