Other common names: Appenzeller Spitzhauben; Appenzäller Spitzbube, Appenzelloise Huppée, Appenzeller Spitskuif, Appenzeller Moñuda, Appenzell con Ciuffo
The Appenzeller is a breed of chicken which was developed in the Appenzell region of Switzerland. Appenzellers comes in two varieties: the Spitzhauben; and the Barthuhner. Outside of Switzerland, the Appenzeller Spitzhauben is the more popular variety, though it is still quite uncommon.
Types: Bantam and Largefowl
Varieties (V Comb): Black, Blue, Chamois Spangled, Gold Spangled, Silver Spangled
Uses: Eggs, Exhibition, Ornamental
Bantam: 500 - 800 grams
Largefowl: 3 - 4.5 lbs
Personality: Flighty, loves to free range. Will tame with regular handling.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Large
conversation pieces, loves people, dazzling personalities, good egg layers, good points coulor, flashy
Spike, cockerels, small white eggs, flighty
tiny yolks, 4H, Switzerland
A Punk Rocker of a Chicken
A devil chicken, with two horns rather than a comb. Spiky "hair" and wild, staring eyes, he was a dead-ringer for Johnny Rotten. Very aggressive toward other cockerels, Johnny was very attention and caring for his girls. Always foraging, he would call crazily for the hens to come to any food he found. He didn't like the girls being separated and would run frantically to and fro between the cliques at different ends of the paddock. Come feeding time, Johnny would fly up to the house gate a call for us to come and do our duty. Johnny took his job seriously and worked hard.
Three weeks ago, we had a fox raid. A fox had caught one hen by her tail: Johnny attacked and the fox had to let go - but got Johnny instead. The ultimate sacrifice by a glorious, splendid rooster. R.I.P., Johnny..
From Drewid May 22 2015 5:41AM
Appenzeller chickens are rare in the US. They originally came from Switzerland. The ones I have are very rare silver spangled ones. I used to show these birds in 4-H but I just keep a few around now as conversation pieces. You can get chicks once in awhile through catalogs, but not very often. If you can find them, they are worth the money. These chickens look awesome, they are quite docile. However, they do fly and like to roost in trees. They are kind of small. The males only get to be about 4 lbs. The meat is kind of tough at that size. The hens lay small white eggs, but these birds often will lay eggs with 2 or 3 tiny yolks instead of one. It is because of this that I keep a few. Kids love to see "magic" eggs with 3 yolks. You can usually tell which egg has more than one yolk because it will be slightly bigger than normal..
From writer802 Jul 26 2014 11:30PM
The two Spitzhauben roosters I have had were very different in temperament. The first one was flighty, stringy & a total spaz. The second one is extremely mellow, larger, loves people & is fairly submissive with other roosters. The Spitzhauben hen that I have is very sweet. There are a couple of crossbred pullets from the first rooster & they also are very high strung. I am curious on the personality this go around. I like them because they are very physically able, have light bodies & have the ability to fly. Their coloring is flashy. The hen seems to produce eggs regularly. I call the Spitz rooster that I have "Spike, the rock & roll star"
From Canyon creek Oct 21 2010 1:56AM