Fancy, Exotic and Rare Chickens

The term ‘fancy’ with regard to chickens means different things to different folks. For some, it could bring to mind a breed with a distinctive appearance, some extremely rare and difficult-to-see breeds, or maybe some exotic chickens. Regardless of the reason, these chickens stand out amongst their peers.

Fancy Chickens

List of Chickens Considered Exotic…

…for their Appearance

  • Ameraucana
  • Appenzeller Spitzhauben
  • Australorp
  • Cochin
  • Erminette
  • Faverolles
  • Frizzle
  • Houdan
  • Naked Neck
  • Onagadori
  • Orloff
  • Polish
  • Sebright
  • Serama
  • Silkie
  • Sultan 
  • Sumatra
  • Svarthöna
  • White-faced Black Spanish
  • Wyandotte
  • Yokohama

…for their Eggs

  • Araucana
  • Cream Legbar
  • Easter Egger 
  • Marans

…for their Rarity

  • Ayam Cemani
  • Belgian D’Uccle
  • Burmese Bantam
  • Campine
  • Crèvecœur
  • Derbyshire Redcap
  • Dong Tao
  • Hedemora
  • Holland
  • La Fleche
  • Vorwerk


1. Are some of these exotic chicken breeds at risk of extinction?

Several chicken breeds, like the Crèvecœur, the Dong Tao, and the Derbyshire Redcap, live over limited ranges or have been overconsumed. These issues have led to their numbers dwindling to the point of the overall population being at risk of dying out.

2. Which breeds are considered exotic because of their feathers?

Some chickens stand out because of their plumage. Take the Onagadori from Japan, which has tail feathers that sometimes reach up to 27 feet. On the other hand, the Ayam Cemani’s all-black plumage makes it appealing to collectors and breeders worldwide.

3. Which chicken breeds are known for their weird appearance?

Although weirdness is subjective, the Naked Neck chicken from Turkey will make most people do a double-take when it walks by. As its name indicates, it lacks any feathers in the region from its head to its body, i.e., it has a “naked neck.” Funnily enough, its name in its native language – ‘Turken’ – was based on a misconception that it was a crossbreed of a chicken and a turkey. Some other quirky breeds include the La Fleche, the Dong Tao, and the Serama.

4. How much do some of these chickens cost?

Maybe because they’re hard to find, maybe it’s the color of the eggs they lay, or perhaps because they look fantastic – these chickens can cost quite a pretty penny. The most expensive of these is the Ayam Cemani, which can reach prices of about $6,000.

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