Cute names for hens include Annie, Betty, Clarabelle, Daisy, Emma, Fannie, Ginny, Hattie, Isabella, Josie, Katy, Louise, Minnie, Nellie, Ophelia, Pixie, Queenie, Ruby, Sally, Trudy, Una, Velma, Winnie, Xena, Yvonne and Zippy. Suggested names for roosters include Chick, Bronco, Hancock, Drake, Charles, Fry, Billy, Steed, Bevis, Averett, Casanova and Aries.
According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, a chicken's name is most commonly based on the bird's temperament or breed. There a many different chicken breeds such as Silver-Laced Wyandotte, Russian Orloff, Silkie, Rosecomb, Redcap and Showgirl.
Chicken breeds thrive in most environments; however, specific breeds, such as Minorcas, like hotter climates while Brahmas prefer cooler settings. Docile breeds include Barred Plymouth Rocks or Rhode Island Reds. Jersey Giants are also calm and docile birds, albeit bigger than other chickens.
The Old Farmer's Almanac states that there is even a breed of chicken known as Easter Eggers that lays green or blue eggs.
Cute Home Pets lists Silkies, Mille Fleurs, Sussex, Naked Neck, Cochins and Polish chickens as popular breeds. According to the site, the Silkie tops the list, because it has the softest and fluffiest feathers of any chicken breed. It also has five toes instead of four on each foot.