The Lamona chicken breed was developed by Harry S. Lamon, during the early 20th century. He created the breed in Beltsville, Maryland, at the United States Government Experiment Station. To make the Lamona, he crossed together Silver Gray Dorkings, Single Comb White Leghorns, and White Plymouth Rocks. The breed was recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1933. A bantam variety was later developed, by breeder Jeremy Trost, and it was recognized in 1960.
The Lamona was popular for the first half of the 20th century, until commercial farms started to use Cornish Rock hybrids, and Leghorns. After that, the Lamona quickly dropped in popularity, and within a short time was on the brink of extinction.
For many years, it was questioned if the Lamona was extinct. But, in 2005, it was reported that there are one or two breeding flocks left, both owned by breeders whom desire to remain anonymous.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Personality: Calm and easily handled
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Lamona's are supposed to lay white eggs, but many lay brown.
Egg size: Large