Reviews for Cream Legbar

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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


           A very friendly, lovely bird with a great personality!

- Carol, 26 November 2013

Her appearance is lovely and it's nice to have blue eggs! She sits on my shoulder sometimes and is really tame and garden-friendly. She (and I believe that most cream legbars) are very good flyers though!


           Great little hens

- Robert, 06 September 2013

I have 6 hens and 2 roosters. i have a blue egg laying line and a green egg laying line. these are great birds for small or large gardens. i set 40 eggs from each line this year and had 30+ chicks out in each line


           Beautiful

- Hamish, 25 May 2013

Beautiful birds lay great blue eggs and happy birds


           Brilliant birds

- Steve, 04 May 2013

I have a trio of these lovely hens. They lay loads of blue eggs and are good mothers. I this chicken is good for any size garden and is happy in confinement. Very pleased with this chicken.


           Cute tittle chicks

- Mags, 23 April 2013

We have just got our 6 week old chicks from a local breeder. We are putting them into the greenhouse at night, then onto the garden in the day. They are living in a dog cage at the moment, with a recycle box for a bed. When they are bigger they will be released to live with our other hens. We have a Legbar who is 2 years old, and is a very nosy hen, so paying a lot of attention to them. Will keep you updated on their progress.

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