Red, White, and Blue Chicken Breeds

How to Care for Chickens During Summertime Celebrations

Happy 4th of July! I have been playing around with my chicken run garden and taking some photos of the chickens enjoying the flowers. The garden is right in front of the chicken coop and run so they only have access to it when I am supervising free-range time.

This year, I bought only red, white or blue flowers for the display. I love an Americana theme for summer and enjoyed planning the garden, but then I started thinking about what a flock of red, white and blue chicken breeds would look like. Patriotic chickens for a flock is totally something attainable. If you think this would be a great idea, too, here is a list of some chicken breeds by color.

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red white and blue breeds

Rhode Island Red hen

Red Chicken Breeds

Rhode Island Red Chickens

New Hampshire

Production Red

Red Sex Link

Cinnamon Queen (a variety of production red)

Red White and Blue Breeds

White Rock cockeral and pullet

White Chicken Breeds

Delaware

Light Brahma Chicken

White Rock

White Leghorn

California White

White Ameraucana Chickens

Red white and blue breeds

Blue Cochin. Photo courtesy of HappyDaysFarm and Brittany May

Blue Chicken Breeds

Delaware Blue

Iowa Blue (nearing extinct status)

Blue Laced Andulasians

Lavender Orpingtons (they are really a greyish not really, a shade of purple)

Blue Copper Marans

Blue Polish

Blue Cochins

A Few Golden Chicken Breeds For The Stars

Buff Orpington Chickens

Buff Brahmas

Golden Comets

Gold Stars

Now that you have your Red, White and Blue flock set up, you can add plants and flags to the run and have the best patriotic coop in town.

Holiday Safety Reminders For Your Flock

Remember, fireworks can startle your pets and livestock. Have your furry and feathered critters locked up secure before dark so they don’t fly away or run off during fireworks.

Summer means hot weather for many of us. It’s important to learn how to keep chickens cool in summer. Keep the water cool by frequently changing it out and refilling. A shallow pan of water for the chickens to stand in will help them cool down, too.

red white and blue breeds

Buff Brahma pullet

Some traditional picnic food is good for your flock, too. Can chickens eat watermelon? Yes! Watermelon is a big favorite. Save the corn cobs for the chickens too. Leftover green salad is a good treat too, and some tomatoes are fine as long as no tomato leaves or plants are tossed in too. Other typical summer salads such as mayonnaise-based macaroni salad might upset their digestion. I don’t feed our chickens potatoes, so a potato salad would not be fed to our flock. A vinegar-based pasta salad in moderation should be ok but make sure there is no avocado involved.

Red White Blue Chicken Breeds

A good rule of thumb with feeding chickens scraps is moderation. The flock members will love the treat but it’s not good to overload them with richly prepared people food either.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Originally published in 2015 and regularly vetted for accuracy.

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Comments
  • Chickens can eat the flesh of avocado. However, avocado pits and skin contain persin, which can be toxic in significant quantities.

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  • I loved the red white and blue chickens but nowhere near enough pictures. who wants to READ about the blue breeds, I want to see what they are like.

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  • I have four hens, a black Australorp, Rhode Island Red, White leghorn and a grey Transylvanian Naked Neck. They look so colourful in their run and when we let them out to wander, it’s easy to see where they are. We too have a lot of garden that we don’t want them to scratch in so we let them out to wander an hour before bedtime then they take themselves in for the night after they’ve had their fun. They have got used to staying in a certain area and are well behaved. We love them and are proud to say they are really healthy looking chickens.

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    • Janet G.

      Sylvia, the description of your chicken’s evening routine sounds perfect. Our chickens are pretty well trained too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • How do ya get a start of the buckeye chicken and it’s red in color,they seem very hard to find.

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