Hamburg Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

Other common names: Holland Fowl; Hamburgh; Dutch Everyday Layers; Everlayers

The basics:
The Hamburg Chicken is an old breed which has been present in Holland since the 14th century. A handsome and active breed which does well in a free range environment, Hamburgs were prized for their prolific egg laying.

According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), "Sometime prior to 1785 Penciled Hamburgs made there way to England. The English enjoyed the breed and created the Black, the Silver Spangled, the Golden Spangled, and the White varieties. Hamburgs arrived in America prior to 1856 and were much desired for egg production. By about 1890, Hamburg chickens lost favor as a utility breed to other egg breeds in America; the dark colored bones of the breed never made it popular as a market fowl in England or America."

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Rosecomb): Black, Blue, Blue Spangled, Blue Spangled Gold, Birchen, Citron Penciled, Citron Spangled, Gold Penciled, Gold Spangled, Silver Penciled, Silver Spangled, White
Uses: Eggs, Ornamental
Bantam: 22 - 26 oz
Largefowl: 4 - 5 lbs
Personality: Shy and afraid of sudden noise and movement.
Broody: No
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Medium


striking bird, great barnyard chicken, eggs, personable bird, great personalities


flightier bird, bit testy, small eggs


beautifully shaped head, Golden Penciled, great show bird

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