Hamburg ChickensFebruary 7th, 2011 at 15:55
Hamburg Chickens A Large Elegant Chook Who Needs Space.
Hamburg Chickens Background & Appearance.
Although Hamburg Chickens originated in Northern Europe, they have been bred in the UK for over 300 years, where they were originally named ‘Mooneys’ or ‘Pheasants’. These names stuck until the mid 1800′s and they then reverted to being called Hamburgs or Hollands. (This is not the same as the US breed named Holland).
These birds are smart and elegant and come in a variety of colours. namely White, Black, Silver Spangled, Silver Penciled, Golden Spangled, Golden Penciled.
The silver-spangled have white feathers which have a large black spot on the end, Gold-spangled have mahogany feathers with the same black spot at the end. The spangled varieties do tend to lose feather colour or gain brassiness if exposed to too much sun, this will effect the birds show prospects to virtually nil. However the brassy feathers will moult out.
The silver and gold pencilled variety are produced by ‘double-mating’. This method of breeding requires 2 distinct strains of birds, one to produce exhibition males (known as cock breeders) the other for exhibition females (known as pullet breeders).
Hamburgs are an attractive and elegant bird who have a rose comb and white ear lobes. Not a large bird, cocks weigh in at about 5lbs and the hens 4lb.
Hamburg Chickens, Egg Laying & Broodiness.
Hamburgs are considered a good layer and are also nicknamed ‘the everlayers’. You can expect 4 eggs per week from your girls. The eggs are white (like the earlobes suggest) and smallish. However the eggs are usually a rich tasty egg.
These birds are quite flighty and not recognised as a sitter, so if you wish to raise chicks from this breed, then having a broody like a Brahma Chicken will definitely help. You can get a lot of these small eggs under a big bird like a Brahma.
Caring For Your Hamburg Chickens.
Hamburgs tend to be on the flighty side and are well known as fliers, so they are difficult to keep confined. I wouldn’t recommend you keep these as pet chickens unless you can let them roam free range for at least some of the time.
These birds are active and alert, small consumers of grain, great foragers, and even a bit noisy.
Pullets begin to lay at about 4-5 months of age. Though the young can be a bit delicate until this age, once mature, Hamburg chickens are quite robust and hardy.
Whilst Hamburg Chickens May Not Make The Best Pet Chicken, They Will Grace Any Backyard Flock And Provide A Good Numer Of Eggs For Long Periods.
Hers a video of some silver spangled hamburgs breeding stock…
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