Other common names: Holland Fowl; Hamburgh; Dutch Everyday Layers; Everlayers
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.
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
Spangled Hamburgs make a great barnyard chicken
These chickens can get large, rather fast. They are not the easiest to catch or handle. They have great egg production, and breed very easily. Clipping the feathers around the vent will help with getting fertile eggs. The hens are lovely - and not too broody. Although it's another story with these roosters. I would NOT recommend people having these roosters around small children (under 8). They see them as a threat and like to attack! We had several roosters and they all had attitudes. We had them free-range, and were still likely to chase you. They do not do well with other breeds in my experience either - they like to be kept apart. The hens make great protective mothers as well..
From lotsapets Mar 6 2013 3:04PM
Bright chickens with great personalities
These chickens are exceptionally sunny in disposition. They will come right up to you in the garden and seem happy to see you. They will sit on laps and in hands without being held. They are extremely active in the yard, and love to scamper around.
Silver spangled hamburgs are my favorite of all the chickens anywhere, and they are one of the most beautiful breeds around. Their easy handling and striking pattern makes them a top choice for showing.
Eggs, like the chickens themselves, are small but they are also prolific..
From zennie Oct 25 2013 2:16AM
Of all the chicken breeds I have owned, this type has been my least favorite. Though they kept us with a steady supply of eggs, I am if the sort who feels bigger is better. The eggs are quite small, and white, certainly nothing to boast over. Production per bird was steadily six eggs per week. Hens consistently layed in the hen house and were never broody.
One of the greatest downfalls of this breed is that they are incredibly flighty. If you have trees near bye, they will fly into the branches and camp out for long durations of time. Coaxing them out of the trees can be difficult if the branches are thick. Perhaps they are moderately afraid of heights, but I think their inclinations for keeping to the trees was their strong desire to keep a distance from our family.
These are not social birds. They did come up to us for feedings, but otherwise they preferred to keep a stretch away. In the least, they were non aggressive, but their skittishness was just too much of an issue for us.
I have no desire to raise this breed again due to their fits of flight and lack of social integration with my family..
From Anniecalkins May 28 2015 4:07PM