Top Chicken Names | Ultimate Backyard Chicken Survey


On today’s Top Chicken Names post I’m sharing what I think is some of the most enjoyable info folks shared when they completed the Ultimate Backyard Chicken Survey that I published back in the spring of 2017 … what they named their feathered friends! It may not be the most helpful … on a practical level (stay tuned for that) … but it will certainly serve as a source of inspiration the next time we add another hen to our flock.

But before share the chicken names, because this is the first in a series of posts I’ll do from that survey, let me give you a little background.

Back in 2017, literally right before my world turned upside down with family drama, I published a survey called the Ultimate Backyard Chicken Survey. The impetus for it was to provide me some goodie for a presentation I was doing for a local backyard chicken club, hosted at my awesome local feed & seed store, Neighbor’s Feed & Seed. I expected a few hundred repsonses, maybe. Just maybe.

But thanks in a very large part to my friend, Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily fame, who shared it with her tribe … we received over 1,700 responses. Crazy! (Thanks so much, Lisa!)

A young AK loving on Henny #1 (yes, we recycle names that we like)

My subsequent plans for the survey was to share what I learned to help others with their chicken-raising efforts … in hopes of helping build a stronger, more informed backyard chicken community. So to that end, over the next several months I’m going to do a number of posts highlighting some of what I gathered from the survey. I hope you will both enjoy what I share and get something out of it.

Top 10 Chicken Names

Okay, back to what folks shared about what they named their chickens. Most of the Top 10 Chicken Names probably don’t come as a surprise … we actually have (or have had) 3 of them (those in bold):

  1. Lucy
  2. Henrietta
  3. Red
  4. Goldie
  5. Fluffy
  1. Penny
  2. Ginger
  3. Daisy
  4. Rosie
  5. Rose
Chicken names
Our Ladies

Top 100 Chicken Names

However, if you want your yard birds’ names to be less run-of-the-mill and need a little inspiration, check out the entire list of Top 100 Chicken Names below.

Top 100 Chicken Names | Redeem Your Ground |

Backyard Chickens DIY Sign - Redeem Your Ground |
DIY Sign for Your Chickens’ Names (click here to see post)

Creative Chicken Names

Now if you want to get your creative naming juices flowing even more … or just want a laugh … here are some names from our more out-of-the-box chicken-lovin’ friends that I found particularly clever … and/or funny!

  1. Thanksgiving
  2. Rhedd Butler
  3. Poopy Butt
  4. Chow Mein
  5. Chic-Fil-A
  6. Harvey Weinstein
  7. Bad A$$
  8. Lucifer
  1. Breakfast
  2. Screecher
  3. Ms. Meanie
  4. Jinx
  5. Kylo Hen
  6. Crazy Chick
  7. Crabby Pants
  8. Number Nine
  1. Kung Pao
  2. Rick James
  3. Spartacus
  4. Cordon Bleu
  5. Tori (for Cacciatore)
  6. Sister Monica Joan
  7. King Dorking
chicken names - Mayzie
Mayzie getting a closer look at me … and I at her!

What have you named your chickens? What themes have you used to come up with your chicken’s names.

Ours have typically stayed in the “old fashioned, elderly woman” lane or marking something that’s going on in our lives at the time of naming. For example, my oldest daughter was in the Dr. Seuss musical, Seussical, and one of the lead characters was a red bird named “Mayzie.” (Our Mayzie is who’s sitting on my shoulder on the picture above.)

We have some friends who have just recently started raising backyard chickens and they’ve named them after First Ladies.

Please share in the Comments below, as I’m sure others would love to hear what you have to say.

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