Other common names: Appenzeller Barthuhner
The Appenzeller Barthuhner breed was created in the 1870’s, in the Appenzeller province of Switzerland. The breeder was a noble of the village of Wolfhalden, named Lord Züst. To create the breed, Züst is thought to have used Russian Pavlovskaya hens. Barthuhner chickens where common for a short time, but like many breeds it’s population dwindled. Züst’s great grandson started a campaign to save the breed in 1963. He was successful, and the breed gained interest. Today, the breed is still endangered.
The “Barthuhner” translates to bearded chicken, and is not related to the Appenzeller Spitzhauben.
Types: Bantam and Largefowl
Varietes (Rosecomb): Black, Black Red, Blue, Partridge
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Bantam: 20 - 24 oz
Largefowl: 3.5 - 4.5 lb
Personality: Calm and easy tamed
Preferred climate: Cool
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very good (4/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
Some bloodlines report aggressive roosters during breeding season.