5 Out of 5 Stars (Based on 18 reviews)
Everybody who meets her (Lilli) loves her, she roams around the garden with her pal (Jess) who is a fresian looking for slugs, worms etc... she is fairly tame but dislikes being handled. Lilli is a very vocal girl and is always on the look out for danger and boy do we hear about it if she percieves any, real or imagined, our hens roam around our garden and have never attempted to leave although both fly extremely well, Would recommend this breed for adults and older children but not as a cuddly pet. Lilli came into lay at seven months and lays six days out of seven, she likes to let us and everyone within a two mile radius know when she has laid! Wouldnt be without either of our hens they give us hours of pleasure just watching their antics, .
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We've found them to be just as good as our Warrens. They're very pretty and full of character. We've just got 10 hatching eggs from a breeder with the citron and chamois gene so hoping for a variety of chicks in a few weeks.
My 2 Appenzellers came into lay at the beginning of January and have given me a perfect tiny white egg almost every day since. They are more tolerant of being handled than my Orpingtons who were raised by the same broody mum, who wouldn't let us near them as chicks. As mentioned by another reviewer, they are not keen on nestboxes, preferring the middle of a large holly bush at the moment!
Absolutely stunning to look at! Flighty, though last lot of growers are much friendlier. Have kept these for quite a while now, have got Silver Spangled & Blue, Comment on previous posters note re Bantam Appenzellers. These were only brought into this country last year & there are only a small handful of people who have these NON standardised rare bantams- so they are not readily available despite the previous poster saying they are. They are few & far between, and as far as I am aware only available in Silver Spangled.
Ordering day old chicks and raising them was easy. These hens will lay, sit and raise hardy chicks. They are aggressive when nesting. Roosters are hardy and are also very aggressive/territorial with each other and any other birds. I love the feathers and patterns on the Silver Spangled variety.
Dot is my silver appenzeller and she is a great chicken. She is stunning but very low maintenance. She is such a character being the most intelligent out of all my chickens. She will follow me into the store room where I will give her treats, she will secretly eat them and walk out as if nothing happened! I do this because she's the smallest and throws a strop if the others eat her share. She is a good flier and will fly onto my arm like a parrot although she has stayed behind my 5 feet fence so far. She is so friendly and always jumps on my lap and tolerates me stroking her and her hair! She lays 5/6 lovely little White eggs a week and she doesn't like the nestboxes resulting in about six different nest places in the garden. It is fun to egg hunt although one of her favourite places is under a very spiky bush! I would recommend this chicken to anyone including beginners wanting a beautiful, productive, low maintenance pet.
Unusual birds but rather independant, though can be tamed.
They are very active & like to free range.
Mine are Gold Spangled. Really good layers of medium - small white eggs. Good range of colours available in large fowl & bantam.
We hatched our Gold spangled appenzeller spitzhauben from eggs in an incubater, and they have known us all their life, so thats probably why they are more friendly to humans than other hens. Our hens are genuinley beautiful too, their feathers are lovely! They actually live in our garden (which is quite big) and prefer to sleep in the TREES instead of their warm bed, however they have never gone missing. They have only just started laying small, white eggs, which we have not yet tasted. One of our hens went broody, at a very young age!, sitting on lots of unfertilised eggs, she refused to leave them, not even for food. Thankfully, she's back to normal now, not sure what made her change her mind!
I breed and show silver spangled.They are stunningly exotic looking birds. Top end of the hardiness scale and excellent on free range. Alert and edgey bordering flighty, but a percentage do respond to regular handling for showing. This year they have taken many 1st and 2nd in the rarebreed large fowl light. Seldom go broody at all, but hatch redilly. Slightly more agressive in the rearing stages than some breeds i find. And maybe a touch longer to come into lay. Great layers of 200 eggs can be obtained with excepionally good birds exceeding this slighty. my aim is to retain this utility quality in my flocks,however getting good feather markings is dificult. I would not recomend this breed for novice or beginers as creating inferior stock in this few and far between breed,but an excellent breed for the hardend enthusiast would not be disapointed G&M..partners
These are a graet bird and they look very cute
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