Adelaide Chicken Breeds

These are the chickens we see at Walkerville Vet, your local chicken friendly vet. All these birds are hens except the Australorp at the end. See a list at the end on where to buy chickens in Adelaide.

Read more on choosing chicken breeds and chicken care here.

BarnevelderBarnevelder hen chicken

A little less common than the others, but a pretty bird and a slightly smaller size.

DorkingDorking chicken

Actually we haven’t seen one of this rare breed yet, but the lovely folks at Keelan Grain & Fodder sometimes have them, along with Australorp and ISA Brown hens. They’ll also be about to offer good chicken foods that go along with our chicken diet advice.

Buff Orpingtonbuff orpington hen

ISA BrownISA Brown hen

This breed is quite prone to egg peritonitis (sometimes erroneously called egg binding)

Leghornleghorn hen chicken

Light Sussexlight sussex hen

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Silver laced Wyandottesilver laced wyandotte

Gold Laced Wyandottegold laced wyandotte

Rhode Island Redchicken rhode-island red

Australorpaustralorp chickens

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Where to Buy Chickens

We can’t promise all these sellers are current. If you know of any more, please let us know.
Pretty Poultry – Gumeracha
Orpingtons, Barnevelders, Rhode Island Reds

Heritage Poultry Purebreds
Their website is down now, and we’re not sure if they’re still in business. They had lots of different breeds so let’s hope they’re still around.

People advertise on the Backyard Poultry noticeboard:
You can search by state from the dropdown menu; also notices of sales and shows; often cross-linked with listings on Gumtree.

Keelan’s Grain and Fodder
291 Payneham Rd
Sometimes have chicks or pullets, and while the ISA Browns are not a good idea, they also have Australorps which are much more sturdy.

The South Australian Poultry Association
lists shows, auctions and meetings of all SA poultry clubs.

We would encourage anyone to go and visit the breeder, rather than picking up the hens from a meeting place, so they can see the operation and the health of the hens, and ask questions about their feed.