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Cream Legbar Chicken

Country of Origin: England

Primary Use: Egg Production

​Bird Size: 5-7 lbs

Egg Production: Very Good

Egg Size: medium to large

Egg Color: Blue

Comb Type: Single Comb and Crested Bird

​Hardiness: Heat and Cold Tolerant

​Features: Good Foragers Friendly Active

 

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SKU: cream-legbar-chicken Category: Product ID: 4394
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The Legbar Chicken  is a crested, autosexing, light- to medium-weight chicken that carries the blue-egg gene – they lay blue eggs. Legbars are friendly, good foragers and do well avoiding predators in a free range environment, they can easily adapt to small yards and runs, as well. They are the most sought after chicken in the world! Why do you say? Well they can be sexed male or female at birth.

Legbar females will sometimes go broody, and they make excellent mother hens. A Legbar hen is excellent at egg production. Legbars are fun looking, with cute little crests tucked behind floppy combs. Roosters can be protective of their flock. Most are very good with their hens. The unique beauty of the Legbar rooster is one of the things that attracts many to this breed. They are just stunning. They are still considered a rare breed.

Legbars are a medium sized bird. They a great choice for effective egg to feed consumption ratio, similar to our Whiting True Blues. In 1952 a study was conducted in England of 7 Legbar hens for one year. The 7 hens produced an average of 260 eggs each.  Legbar eggs are often deceptive in size due to being wider than most eggs. Their eggs are still large and their eggs weight is considered large rated under the USDA egg sizing standards.

We have been working on our foundation flock for a couple years. We are hoping to have them in Spring 2021.

History

The Cream Legbar was presented at the 1947 London Dairy Show as a new breed of cream colored autosexing chicken, friendly in temperament, and prolific layer of blue eggs. The recessive nature of the cream color, the dominate blue egg color, and the crest which sets this breed apart from its similar Legbar relations was discovered in genetic experimentation performed by Professors R.C. Punnett and Michael Pease.

Professor Punnett received blue egg laying crested Chilean hens from botanist Clarence Elliott in 1929. One of these hens led to Professor Punnett’s monumental discovery of the recessive cream color in poultry in 1931. Professor Punnett experimented with these birds at the University of Cambridge to create crested blue egg layers with the heartiness, production, plumage pattern and type of the Danish Brown Leghorns he used, except with cream replacing the gold coloring.

Later Professor Pease performed his own breeding experiments using Gold Legbars and an inbred UK type White Leghorn from Reaseheath College in Cheshire, England, which also resulted in a number of cream colored birds.

Professors Pease and Punnett bred their cream birds together to see if they had stumbled upon the same cream gene, proving it upon the hatching of all cream offspring. Descendants of these birds were selected for straight single combs, crests, production blue egg laying, and the remarkable autosexing feature that allowed the sexes to be identified at hatch. These qualities were stabilized by 1947, and The Poultry Club of Great Britain adopted a written standard in May, 1958.

 

Sugar-Feather is member of the following groups:

National Poultry Improvement Plan

The Livestock Conservancy

Pre-ordered adults and hatchlings may be picked up by appointment. To safeguard our birds from exposure to disease brought in by visitors, in accordance with the provisions of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, areas where birds are kept are off limits. However you are welcome to look at all the breeds and interactions, it is a site to see.

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