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Chickens are wonderful pets. It doesn’t matter whether you’re rearing them for their nutritious eggs, low-fat meat, or just for companionships; these flightless birds can liven up an otherwise boring household.
Like other house pets, chickens deserve to be called by their names. And the names selected should aptly capture the bird’s character and personality.
The good news is that there’s no shortage of names to give to your adorable ball of feathers. Whether you own a single chicken, a pair, or a huge flock, it’s possible to find suitable names for all your feathery roommates. You only need to know where to look.
In this post, we’ve put together a definitive collection of 80 cutest and catchiest chicken names ever. The names have been carefully sorted into different categories to speed up your search. You’ll find gender-based names and food-based names, as well as puny chicken names and names for chicken couples.
But first, let’s begin by offering some insights into the art of chicken naming.
Why Should You Name Your Chickens?
Many pet parents prefer not to name their chickens. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, provided that you diligently supply the bird’s needs and the two of you maintain a healthy relationship.
However, naming your chickens offers numerous benefits.
For starters, a name gives your chicken his identity. This is especially true for a household with many chickens and other pets. You don’t need to shout ‘hey’ or ‘you’ whenever you’re trying to round the birds up for their regular feeding sessions. You only need to say their name and they’ll all assemble at their designated feeding spots.
A name also says a lot about a chicken’s personality. An appropriate chicken name can go a long way in helping your guests and visitors know how to relate with the bird. For instance, you could name your chicken Ruby to indicate that he’s adorably cute or Goofy to suggest that he’s the clumsy kind that will knock over anything in his path.
Most importantly, a name allows you to bond with your chicken. Calling your chicken by his name helps to reinforce the fact that he’s a member of the family.
When Should You Name Your Chickens?
There’s no standard rule on the right time to name a chicken. However, as with any pet, it’s probably best to name your chicken when he’s still young. The earlier the bird learns to associate with his name, the better.
So, if you’ve just brought home new chicks, ensure the bird has a befitting name within his first few days of living with you. The same is true for recently-hatched chicks.
However, some pet parents may choose not to name their chickens until the birds are fully grown or in their juvenile years. This makes perfect sense when you want to give the chicken a name after his personality.
Unfortunately, waiting until your chicks are fully grown to name them might cause confusion, especially if there are already other adult chickens in the household. With time, the unnamed birds may learn to answer to the names of their fellow feathery housemates.
Should You Change Your Chickens’ Names?
There are numerous reasons you may want to change your chickens’ names.
Perhaps you acquired an already-named chick but think the name isn’t cute or appropriate enough for the bird. Or, you may have suddenly realized that the name you gave to your chicken when he was still a chick doesn’t fit his character and personality in adulthood.
So, should you go ahead and replace your chicken’s name?
While it’s possible to change your chicken’s name, it’s not the best thing to do. That’s especially if your chicks have already become used to their current name. Remember that like all pets, chickens are habitual creatures. They prefer their routines to remain undisturbed. And something as subtle as a name change could throw them off balance.
Besides, changing a chicken’s name is not exactly a walk in the park. Once the current name sticks, you may need intensive training to get the bird to answer to a new name.
Cute Chicken Names
Cuteness should be a key consideration when choosing a suitable name for your chicken. It’s okay to go for a unique name. But the name should sound cool enough to have a striking impression on your guests and visitors.
Below is a collection of cute chicken names to get you started:
Male Chicken Names
Cocks hardly coexist in the same household. There will always be squabbles over females and territories. However, that shouldn’t bar you from giving all your male chickens befitting names.
Listed below are our best picks for male chicken names:
Female Chicken Names
‘A chicken that will grow into a cock can be spotted on the very first day,’ so goes an African proverb. However, chicken owners will agree that it can be incredibly difficult to tell male and female chicks apart when they’re still young.
But if you’ve already defined your chicken’s gender and are 100% sure she’s a hen, then you can go ahead and give her a name from the list below:
Chicken Names Inspired By Other Languages
Most cute-sounding baby names happen to have been borrowed from other languages and dialects. So, there’s nothing wrong with giving your feathery roommate a name imported from other cultures.
Popular choices in this category include:
1. Cocos – Romanian for ‘rooster.’
2. Frango – Portuguese for ‘chicken.’
3. Galo – Portuguese for ‘rooster.’
4. Hane – Danish for ‘rooster.’
5. Kahan – Finnish for ‘chicken.’
6. Kip – Dutch for ‘chicken.’
7. Kylling – Danish for ‘chicken.’
8. Pui – Romanian for ‘chicken.’
Food-inspired Chicken Names
One admirable thing about food-based chicken names is that they can take any form. You could name your chicks after animals, herbs, spices, etc.
It’s not like you’re planning to convert your chicken into a sauce or something. Food-inspired names are simply cute and can help to evoke the images of your favorite dishes.
13. Pot Pie
Puny Chicken Names
Puny chicken names speak to your creativity with words. You simply take a name, such as a common word or a celebrity name, and then add a funny twist to it.
Listed below are some puny names you might consider for your feathery friend:
1. Albert Eggstein (Albert Einstein)
2. Amelia Egg-hart (Amelia Earhart)
3. Dixie Chick (Dixie Chicks)
4. Dolly Carton (Dolly Parton)
5. Goldie Hen (Goldie Hawn)
6. Hen Solo (Han Solo)
7. Lindsey Lo-hen (Lindsey Lohan)
8. Margaret Hatcher (Margaret Thatcher)
9. Meryl Cheep (Meryl Streep)
10. Oprah Hen-frey (Oprah Winfrey)
Chicken Names for Multiple Chickens
If you maintain two feathery companions and are looking for a perfect name for each one of them, you can consider this collection.
The first five sets of names are ideal for chicken couples, whereas the next ones apply to any chicken pairs:
1. Abby and Gabby
2. Dixie and Pixie
3. Ozzy and Fozzy
4. Wing and Ding
5. Yin and Yang
6. Ben and Zen
7. Dodger and Rodger
8. Madison and Addison
9. Adeline and Madeline
10. Chloe and Zoe
11. Nora and Cora
Choosing a perfect name for your chicken is a creativity killer that requires serious brainstorming.
You want a name that’s unique and catchy, yet still simple and memorable. Besides, you might consider a name that speaks to your chicken’s personality.
We hope the above collection could provide you with an appropriate name for your adorable feathersome friend.