Verified Reviews for Hamburgh (or Holland Fowl)
flighty and freedom loving - Pam,
absolutely enchanting little birds. The silver spangled in particular are a favourite and passers by point and comment on my 'spotty chickens'. If you want birds to cuddle, there aren't the ones for you. If you want birds that are calm and go broody, these are not the birds for you. However, if you admire the independent spirit of a small framed bird which needs to be as free as a cloud, they are perfect. You'll need land or a large space. They are perfect for scratching about in a stable yard, being left to roost high in the rafters of a barn. A small urban garden is not for they, unless your neighbours are happy to share your chickens because they will visit everyone in the area. They are also known by the nickname 'the perpetual egg layer' with good reason. They lay like their bums are on fire! I really believe you have to be a certain sort of person to be happy with Hamburghs. Anyone who loves Pekins, will not be happy with Hamburghs. In dog parlance, the Pekin is like a cavalier king Charles. Soppy, docile , easy to manage, but for someone like me, rather dull and boring. The Hamburgh is like my Norfolk lurcher. You never know what he'll get up to next, he needs space if he is to be truly happy, lively and intelligent, but there's not an ounce of docile in him. If you have the space to keep a Hamburgh happy (please please don't put them into a small house and run), you will never regret having them.
proper good - Aaron,
Don't pen me in! - Solarbats,
No way does this bird like to be caged, so free-ranging in a large garden is a must, and even then there is a tendency to pick on other hens, even ones much bigger than themselves! However my Hamburgh is happy being handled. Also - mine is very noisy for her size - much worse than a cockerel most mornings.
beautiful & independent - Jjj,
If you live in the country, they just need space, but not an enclosure. I have 2 hens and a rooster. The rooster and hens stay put in the 5 ft. fenced area I have and they do not fight at all. They are not as friendly as my Silkies, but they mind their own business and love to forage. I've never seen them attack any of my other chickens and I have quite an array of breeds. I have the silver spangled ones - they grew up super fast and so far are easy keepers. We'll see about eggs in time.
good looking - Shauna,
These birds are very beautiful! They do not much enjoy being handled but make up for it with their stunning appearance!