Other common names: Groninger Meeuwen; Groningen Gull
The Groninger Meeuw chicken was developed at the end of the 18th century, in the province of Groningem. It was created by crossing Silver Penciled fowl to the German’s East Frisian Gull. The breed became respectably popular amongst locals, and the Silver variety was officially recognized in 1919.
After, the introduction of the Leghorn, the Groninger Meeuw chicken’s popularity rapidly declined. Today, the breed is extremely rare, with only 30 birds left in 1978. To help preserve the bird, the Groninger Meeuwan was established, in 1980.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Gold, Lemon and Silver Pencilled
Uses: Eggs, Ornamental
Weights: 4 - 6 lbs
Personality: The Groninger Meeuw is a very lively fowl, that enjoys moving about the yard. They will come over for treats, but are not generally interested in becoming pets.
Broody: Rarely, but hens that commit to brooding are excellent mothers.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Very good (4/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Medium - Large