Cream Legbar

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History

The Cream Legbar is a crested chicken which is a true autosexing breed which means that you can tell the sex of the chicks by the colour of the feathers. It is an old pure breed which originated in the 1930s as a cross between Brown Leghorns and Barred Rock with some Araucana blood in them. They are very firm, muscular birds with a wedge shaped body which is broad at the shoulders and tapers towards the rear. The wings are large carried close to the body and the back is long and flat while the tail is held at 45° to the back. The head has a strong beak and large single erect comb with five to seven even spikes. They have a crest which lies at the back of the head behind the comb which is small in the male and larger in the female. The face is smooth with pendant cream or white ear-lobes, long thin wattles and the neck is long and well feathered. They have a yellow beak, red face, comb and wattles. The yellow legs and feet are strong and unfeathered with four evenly spaced toes.

Behaviour

The male weighs in at 6-7½ lb and the female is around 4½-6lb.

Varieties

The male has cream barred neck hackles and the saddle hackles are cream barred with dark grey and have cream tips. The back and the shoulders are mostly cream barred with dark grey. The wings have dark grey barred primaries and secondaries with cream tips. The breast and tail are barred dark grey and the crest is cream and grey. The female has softly barred cream neck hackles. The breast is almost salmon coloured while the body is silver-grey with broad barring. The wings are speckled with grey and the tail is silvery grey with light barring.

Status

Fairly common

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Cream Legbars For Sale

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Breed: Cream Legbar - Chick
Descriptions: Cream Legbar - Chick
Variety: Female
Age: 0 weeks
Seller: DTHART1
Seller Rating: New Seller!
Description: Cream Leg bar chicks available from 1st June. These chicks are sold in batches of 5. Collection preferred but will deliver if economically viable.
Location: Gloucestershire Show Map
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£40.00
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Breed: Cream Legbar - Cockerel
Descriptions: Cream Legbar - Cockerel
Variety: Cream Crested Legbar
Age: 44 weeks
Seller: Helen Paterson
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Description: We have some very handsome Cream Crested Legbar cockerels for sale. Hatched July 2013, now mature and ready to go. For more details or pictures please contact me. Collection only - Near Knutsford, Cheshire
Location: Cheshire Show Map
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           Gorgeous, sweet natured chook

- Gill, 27 November 2014

I hatched her myself (from fertile ebay egg,)last February, and she started laying at 23 weeks... Tiny little eggs! They got bigger, and she was laying fantastically up to October, and has totally given up for last 6 weeks at least :-( she is the smartest - I have light sussex , rhody and silver laced wyandottes. All this chat about high flying, she is the least flighty of them all, very calm, homely and quite friendly. She has a beautiful full breast, and is lovely to look at. Absolutely recommend. Fab delicate blue eggs.


           AMAZING

- Poo, 18 August 2014

AMAZING


           Female chicks had well-defined “chipmunk” stripes in the down on their backs

- Alam, 05 August 2014

Legbars have a remarkable history that begins on another continent in a different century. In the aftermath of World War I, Britain struggled to regain its economic footing after the costly and devastating conflict. A key component of Britain’s agricultural economy was its large commercial poultry flocks. But, as every backyard chicken breeder knows, the problem with raising chickens is that you end up with far more roosters than you need. British farmers didn’t have a single kernel of corn to spare, but they lacked the ability to identify male chicks when they hatched and cull them from their commercial flocks. The Legbar comes in three varieties, gold, silver and cream. The cream variety is a crested breed, which lays greenish-blue eggs. Cream Legbar proper coloring? After spending a considerable amount of money to acquire our foundation stock,....The standard in the Great Britain called for much less coloring and more silver.Cream Legbars are classy and elegant hens with cream capes and salmon coloured chests. Obsessed with solving this problem was Dr. Reginald Punnett, a professor at Cambridge who essentially founded the study of genetics at that esteemed university. Through experimentation and a little luck, Punnett and his colleague Michael Pease were able to cross a campine rooster with a barred Plymouth Rock hen and produce a chick that was visually sexable immediately after hatching. Male chicks had a white spot behind their heads and female chicks had well-defined “chipmunk” stripes in the down on their backs. This new breed of chicken, dubbed the cambar, was shown for the first time at the 1930 World’s Poultry Congress at the Crystal Palace in London. The cambar was the first auto-sexing breed of chicken created specifically for that purpose. After offering the cambar as a practical solution to the problem of sexing day-old chicks, Punnett then departed on a more fanciful path. The second breed produced by Punnett, and the one that reveals his quirky wit, was a combination of at least three breeds: The brown leghorn (for its legendary egg laying ability), the barred Plymouth Rock, and the exotic araucana that had only recently made its way to Britain from the remote regions of Chile (for its blue egg laying ability and its jaunty feather crest). Punnett’s work yielded a shocking mix of the practical and the whimsical; an auto-sexing breed with flamboyant feathers that cranked out an enormous volume of sky blue eggs. While Punnett would later go on to create more than a dozen auto-sexing breeds, it is this breed, the cream legbar, that today enjoys a place in the commercial flocks of Britain. In 1929, Punnett began the initial breeding experiments that were to yield the cream legbar. It took almost two decades and the dedication of Michael Pease to produce a bird that was genetically stable and exhibited the odd array of traits first envisioned by Punnett. Cream legbars were first introduced at the London Dairy Show in 1947 and received a written standard by the Poultry Club of Great Britain in 1958. While they probably began as merely a demonstration of Punnett’s skill in manipulating the chicken genome, legbars grew in popularity to fill a niche market in the British egg industry for pastel eggs produced by free-range birds. Today the eggs are marketed under the name of the Cotswold legbar –borrowing the name of Britain’s productive and beautiful pastoral region—and are viewed as the pinnacle of locally produced gourmet eggs in that country. Cream legbars are medium-sized fowl that are known for their active foraging and ability to survive in a free-range environment. The roosters are vigilant and protective of the hens, and the hens efficiently go about the business of gleaning every seed and insect from the fields and pastures they prefer. They are well-suited for the small homestead and life outdoors. — at Cream Legbar Poultry Club Photo: Legbars have a remarkable history that begins on another continent in a different century. In the aftermath of World War I, Britain struggled to regain its economic footing after the costly and devastating conflict. A key component of Britain’s agricultural economy was its large commercial poultry flocks. But, as every backyard chicken breeder knows, the problem with raising chickens is that you end up with far more roosters than you need. British farmers didn’t have a single kernel of corn to spare, but they lacked the ability to identify male chicks when they hatched and cull them from their commercial flocks. Obsessed with solving this problem was Dr. Reginald Punnett, a professor at Cambridge who essentially founded the study of genetics at that esteemed university. Through experimentation and a little luck, Punnett and his colleague Michael Pease were able to cross a campine rooster with a barred Plymouth Rock hen and produce a chick that was visually sexable immediately after hatching. Male chicks had a white spot behind their heads and female chicks had well-defined “chipmunk” stripes in the down on their backs. This new breed of chicken, dubbed the cambar, was shown for the first time at the 1930 World’s Poultry Congress at the Crystal Palace in London. The cambar was the first auto-sexing breed of chicken created specifically for that purpose. After offering the cambar as a practical solution to the problem of sexing day-old chicks, Punnett then departed on a more fanciful path. The second breed produced by Punnett, and the one that reveals his quirky wit, was a combination of at least three breeds: The brown leghorn (for its legendary egg laying ability), the barred Plymouth Rock, and the exotic araucana that had only recently made its way to Britain from the remote regions of Chile (for its blue egg laying ability and its jaunty feather crest). Punnett’s work yielded a shocking mix of the practical and the whimsical; an auto-sexing breed with flamboyant feathers that cranked out an enormous volume of sky blue eggs. While Punnett would later go on to create more than a dozen auto-sexing breeds, it is this breed, the cream legbar, that today enjoys a place in the commercial flocks of Britain. In 1929, Punnett began the initial breeding experiments that were to yield the cream legbar. It took almost two decades and the dedication of Michael Pease to produce a bird that was genetically stable and exhibited the odd array of traits first envisioned by Punnett. Cream legbars were first introduced at the London Dairy Show in 1947 and received a written standard by the Poultry Club of Great Britain in 1958. While they probably began as merely a demonstration of Punnett’s skill in manipulating the chicken genome, legbars grew in popularity to fill a niche market in the British egg industry for pastel eggs produced by free-range birds. Today the eggs are marketed under the name of the Cotswold legbar –borrowing the name of Britain’s productive and beautiful pastoral region—and are viewed as the pinnacle of locally produced gourmet eggs in that country. Cream legbars are medium-sized fowl that are known for their active foraging and ability to survive in a free-range environment. The roosters are vigilant and protective of the hens, and the hens efficiently go about the business of gleaning every seed and insect from the fields and pastures they prefer. They are well-suited for the small homestead and life outdoors.


           Not pleased

- Bob, 13 April 2014

This is a very high dollar bird, with a agressive characteristed from Roos. Very poor egg production, none in winter.


          

- Archie, 01 February 2014

 
 
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