Reviews for Cream Legbar

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Legbars - Trish,

I bought 2 trios as chicks. I lost 1 trio to a predator problem I no longer have. So the other trio grew into beautiful birds that lay daily, their beautiful blue eggs. I have now hatched out several young ones. Mostly pullets. They are the sweetest chicks as I handle all my chicks a lot for the first 3 weeks daily. I raised horses most of my life and imprinted all my foals successfully. Approx 27 foals a year. So now I imprint my chicks. Works out well since I do a lot of free ranging and I can call and all my chickens that are free ranging will come running to me. Looks like a stampede because there are about 60 of them that run loose during the day on about a 3 acre pasture. We have a large farm, but this is their free range area. I have a blue heeled and he keeps a very close eye on them, as well as a lab sheppard mix that also works with him. I am pleased with my birds, the legbars are one of my favorite breeds. I also raise several other breeds. Blue copper marans, blue and splash cochins, barred rocks, americanas, and just started with some black giants I got in a trade that are a young pair about 6 months old. I have no complaints with any of my breeds. They fair well in winter, but they all have nice housing. Also just bought some light brahmas, because I only had one hen and I just love her. So I bought 16 chicks who have just graduated to the outdoors a week ago. But I must say the creme legbars have been great. Of course I have never had any of my hens stop laying. But of course oldest ones I have are about 3. My first ones about 6 of them are 4 and lay almost everyday. I keep a light on certain hours in the winter, so mine lay year round. The heat has slowed the laying down a little this last month. But I provide about 20 do to a local gym for their customers and they depend on them. Good luck to everyone with their chickens. I love mine and only use them for eggs. When their done laying they will live out their life retired here on the farm. They will have an easy life free ranging.


Best breed! - Betty,

I have 5 breeds and all have great characteristics but far and away the best are the Cream Legbars. They lay medium sized blue eggs reliably, are friendly to people, forage well for themselves (and are thus easy keepers). Mine continued laying until age 3 then stopped. I highly recommend them. As an added plus the rooster (who was just the dearest bird!) produced 80% female chicks with 70-90% fertility. They have been a great investment.


good egg layers the first year, then zilch - Jeff,

I got my first cream legbar in 2013. She started to lay at about 25 weeks and only laid 6 very small, tiny, green eggs, Half of them had no shell and they were always on the ground, never in the nest box. Then she stopped laying. She was easily only of the stupidest hens I have had. I then replaced her with 2 chicks and also 2 pale blue eggs to hatch. The 2 chicks started to lay blue eggs at about 22 weeks, They laid medium sized eggs for a few months before stopping altogether. One of them frequently had very thin shelled eggs that were often broken in the nest despite getting oyster shells in their diet. The pale blue eggs hatched into nice hens who laid green eggs. Their eggs were large to ex-large and consistantly laid 4-5 a week for a year. Then they both stopped laying to moult in July and it is now the end of March and they haven't laid a single egg in about 9 months. My other (non cream legbar) hens are all moulted and are laying well with no problems. Seems the cream legbars lay for only a short period of time. Non have been flighty, but they are not the friendliest of the hens either, despite being handled frequently as chicks. They have been low in the pecking order as well. Not sure if I will try them again since their egg production time is short.


New bird to flock - Lovemygirls,

I purchased my young (not sure of age) Cream legbar a few days ago, she seems very timid and is staying well out of arms length. I also purchased a black copper at the same time who is very friendly and easy to handle. I am a little worried about the reviews saying they can be flighty, as I have them in an open run during the day, which was always fine with my previous girls. Her wings are clipped but she still seems to get out if startled. On the plus side she is getting on well with my old hen who just seems to ignore her.


Gorgeous, sweet natured chook - Gill,

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,

AMAZING


female chicks had well-defined “chipmunk” stripes in the down on their backs - Alam, Blaenau Gwent,

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,

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


- Archie,
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