75+ Funny Chicken Names For Your Flock

Written by Isaac Peterson
Published: December 5, 2023
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There’s a host of silly, Dad-joke-level puns for naming chickens. These will be creatures that get very familiar; ask anyone who’s raised chickens. Choosing a clever name that will still sound cool months later is important. In this list, there are some clever names that work by themselves or that give a good direction for brainstorming ideas. Here are over 75 funny chicken names for your flock.

Funny Chicken Names Based on Type of Chicken

Young brown Rhode Island Red hen walking on green grass

Rhode Island Red chickens are among the longest-living chicken breeds. There is enormous diversity in the size, temperament and appearance of various domesticated chickens. This diversity can mean an abundance of inspiration for naming them.

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The type of chickens in the hen house could be a clever inspiration for suitable names. Different breeds have different appearances, different sizes, different feathers and different features. There’s a lot to work with here. Here are some popular or distinctive breeds of chickens and possible funny chicken names.

Rhode Island 

Lively but agreeable, these birds have a distinctly tawny feather scheme. 

  • Caramel for their rich, tawny feathers.
  • Ginger is appropriate for most chickens; they have a red comb.
  • Roadie is a play on Rhode Island.

Buff Orpington

These birdies are yellowish-brown, large, and cooperativeMello Yello works if they have a distinctly easygoing temperament.

Leghorn

Leghorns are no-nonsense egg-producing powerhouses. The most common sub-group has bright white feathers, but there are other colorations. There’s a lot to play off here for funny chicken names.

  • Blanca or Bianca works for white-feathered hens. 
  • There’s also Blanco for a rooster.
  • Blizzard is suitable for a particularly lively leghorn.
  • Tail-related names: leghorns have distinctive tail feathers that pitch at a sharp upward angle, so names like Tailspin or Spike could be great.

Plymouth Rock

This mellower breed has zebra-like feathers with a brilliant dark brown over a cream-white. There are names that spring from this unique appearance.

  • Tiramisu
  • Houndstooth
  • Stripes

Barnvelder or Australorp

Beauties of this breed are hard to miss. They are noted for their distinct, shimmering plumage. They often have alternating brown and black feathers. However, some sub-groups have noticeably green or even blue feathers around their head and neck. Despite their naturally-given display, they are relaxed and given to being homebodies. This makes them easier to keep and easier for funny chicken names. The iridescent finishing coat on the otherwise all-black-feathered Australorp breed is also possible for these names. 

  • Greenback
  • Old Blue
  • Bluebell
  • Green Day
  • St. Patrick

Silkie

Silkie chickens come from China and supposedly made their way West from explorer Marco Polo. There’s no missing these fluffy wonders. They are indeed silky. Their fluff certainly looks like fluff or almost like fur (but they are, indeed, birds). Usually bright white in their plumage, their business will stand out in the barnyard or the backyard. Their towering tufts of hair are plenty of inspiration, too.

  • Nimbus could work for a silkie that is so bushy that it looks like a cloud.
  • Teddy, for their almost teddy-bear-like puff.
  • Mel Kuyper Jr.
  • Flour

Baby Chicken Names

baby chicken friends

Here is a pair of fluffy baby chickens.

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Baby chickens are called chicks. There are several directions to go here for funny chicken names. They often make a “cheep” sound, sometimes interpreted as “peep.”

  • Cheep Thrills
  • My Peeps
  • Peeps
  • Peeper

Funny Chicken Names with a Farm Theme

Tractor spraying pesticides on vegetable field with sprayer at spring

Farm names are fun, even if someone only owns a lawn tractor.

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Even without a barnyard, getting in on the fun wordplay is splendid. The puns may get a little abstract, but hey, it’s a homestead.

  • Barn-ey
  • Young McDonald
  • Kibbutz
  • Orchard
  • Yeoman
  • Tractor (for the most giant specimen in the roost)
  • Butter
  • Shovel (for the peckiest forager in the roost)
  • Bushel

Straight-Up Chicken Puns

Sometimes, you want to just go for it and just give out funny chicken names because they’re silly.

  • David Beak-ham
  • Cluck Norris
  • Chook Norris
  • Gregory Peck
  • Pullet Surprise
  • Chick Pea
  • Chick Corea was a jazz fusion artist who worked with Miles Davis and Stan Getz.
  • Cooper
  • Hen Solo
  • Hen-rietta
  • Sheldon

Natural Names

Young chicken hen that is yellow and orange colored that is on a grassy field in North Carolina.

Chickens have personalities. Using a feature on the chicken to describe a noticeable personality trait is one way to go. This chicken looks to have a particularly curious personality.

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Some names might come from distinctive parts of the chicken’s form. They can be a creative way to reflect their personality. Interestingly, chickens do apparently have personalities. These can be funny chicken names, but they can also just be fun.

  • Claw
  • Chomp
  • Feather
  • Peck

Names from Entertainment and Pop Culture

These are classic names from pop culture. Payback, from the free-association, nu-alternative hipster song “Chicken Payback” by The Bees. There’s also Robot from the bizarre Cartoon Network stop-motion program Robot Chicken.

Chicken Names for Personalities

Chickens do have personalities. Their breed will influence that personality but not wholly. If a quieter or louder hen stands out in the group, these might be suitable names.

  • Louder Milk
  • Squawk
  • Squeek
  • Screech
  • Sneak if they’re quieter and sneaky. 
  • Bear is good for a particularly protective hen. 

Funny Chicken Names if They’re Faster and Like to Move Around a Lot

  • Bolt
  • Dash
  • Scramble
  • Thrust
White Egg Standing out in a brown egg carton

Egg names are one way to go.

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Is there a particularly fertile hen in the hen house?

  • Eggy Hill, after Peggy Hill. She is the wife of Hank Hill, the lead character of the long-time Fox cartoon King of the Hill.
  • Egg-cetera
  • Egg Ryan

Rooster Names

Key West, USA wild rooster chicken one single animal walking crossing street road sidewalk on sunny day in Florida city

Key West, USA, wild rooster chicken walking, crossing the street in Florida. Check with local city bylaws before obtaining and naming a rooster. Some locales allow for a henhouse but won’t allow roosters.

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For those still “on the fence” about getting backyard chickens, check local bylaws. Some cities will permit henhouses yet won’t allow roosters. 

There are numerous rooster features to play off here for names. The hackles are the neck and shoulder feathers. The large span of the legs are shanks, and the proud headwear is called the comb.

  • Rooster Cogburn was the central character in the film True Grit.
  • Bluster
  • Long Shanks
  • Foghorn Leghorn is the classic Dixie barnyard character from the Golden Age of cartoons.
  • Strut
  • Russel Crow

Home to Roost

Some chickens will even learn their names and can respond to them. There are lots of fun and meaningful names for these backyard feathered friends.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Dmitriy Prokofev/iStock via Getty Images


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About the Author

Isaac began writing as a paid staff reporter for his college newspaper. After getting his B.A. in Divinity, he was a daycare teacher who emphasized God's natural world, and all the creatures, into his learning activities. He worked as Staff Writer for a Midwest-based global online retailer before going full-time freelance. As a solo writer, he's covered gray wolf sightings in the Southwest U.S., smart home upgrades to backyard chicken coops, training American bulldogs and countless other topics, animal and otherwise; especially technical writing. Since his childhood in northern New England, he's been hooked on the beauty of this earth and the outdoors. Isaac loves biking, running, snowboarding, skateboarding and hiking in all of it. In his new home of the Great Lakes, he's spotted numerous herons, rabbits, squirrels, deer, a few toads and at least one turtle on his trail runs. He especially enjoys talking critters with his little sister who loves all animals big and small from giant orcas to her own pet beagle (Mister B).

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