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. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT SELL CHICKENS OR HAVE OTHER INFORMATION ON WHERE TO BUY THEM.

Read more on choosing chicken breeds and chicken care here.


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


Dorking 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 Orpington

ISA Brown

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


leghorn hen chicken

Light Sussex

light sussex hen
Don’t poop on our keyboard!

Silver laced Wyandotte

wyandotte chicken hen

Gold Laced Wyandotte

gold laced wyandotte

Rhode Island Red

chicken rhode-island red


australorp chickens
By Bodlina (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Where to Buy Chickens

We can’t promise all these sellers are current. If you know of any more, please let us know.

Backyard Poultry Noticeboard

This is the SA page; choose a different state from the drop-down menu.
People advertise to buy and sell, and the country auctions post notices as well.

Updales is a farm specialising in Dorper sheep who also have chickens at times.

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.

Keelan’s Grain and Fodder
164 Gorge Rd, Newton
Phone: (08) 8362 4178
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.