Breed Rating (21 Reviews)
The Appenzeller originates from Switzerland and will lay well on little food. They are ideally suited to mountain life as they are excellent climbers, like to roost in trees and as they only have small wattles and combs, they don\'t have so much to get frostbitten. They have a well spread tail, full hackle and fairly hard, tight plumage. On the head is a horn type comb with two small rounded spires and the unique crest points forward like the bonnets on the traditional costume bonnets worn by the ladies in the Appenzellerland region. Spitzhauben actually means pointed bonnet. The wattles are long and fine and the ear lobes are white and oval shaped. They have a powerful beak with large deep nostrils and a fleshy knob at the front of the beak. The prominent eyes are brown.
The Appenzellers are really quite bright and will happily look after themselves when insects are plentiful. They like having freedom to roam as well as having things to climb as they are always on the go and like to roost in trees. Appenzellers will need extremely secure fencing as they are very good fliers. They are good layers and will occasionally sit if undisturbed.
Silver spangled, gold spangled, black. In all colours, the legs are blue and the eyes are dark brown.Tweet
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Appenzeller Spitzhauben For Sale
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Point of lay silver spangled appenzellers
Description: I have for sale 4 silver spangled appenzeller spitzhauben pullets, now 18 weeks old so ready to go. They are mareks vaccinated (to protect them if being added to an older flock), outdoor reared from 5 weeks. They are small chickens but not bantams, excellent foragers and very hard to sex before about 8 weeks, which may be why not many people breed them. I first got some for their pretty appearance but they are prolific layers of pure white small to medium eggs. There are more than 4 in the photo but I'm keeping some to add to my own flock. I'm told they don't lay particularly young but as their wattles are developing now I would anticipate they will be laying in time for autumn and will lay through this coming winter as their mothers did. Their welfare is important to me and they should go to a free range home as they are busy and need to forage. They are good fliers though so I'd advise wing-clipping in their first year if you have low fences though I can do this if needed.