Cream Legbar

Breed Rating (47 Reviews)



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.


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


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.


Fairly common

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Latest Reviews For Cream Legbar (5 of 47)

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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.

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