Cream crested legbar hens

(Gallus gallus domesticus)

The Cream Legbar is one of the few true autosexing breeds of poultry – this means that the chicks can be sexed at hatching from the colours of their feathers. All of our legbars are hens.

Cream legbars are crested chickens which appear to wear a head dress or hat of feathers on their tiny heads. 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. Our variety are baby blue coloured egg layers.

We acquired our legbars when they were just 10 weeks old. They were isolated from the rest of the birds until they reached 20 weeks and were then introduced to the rest of the flock. The main reason for isolating younger birds is that they eat a special diet suitable for growing birds.

The picture at the top shows one of the hens at 15 weeks old. The picture to the right is more recent and shows the developed head crest.

Since the introduction to the flock they have become very popular with the other birds but still like to stick together with their sisters.