Other common names: Croad Langshan; Australian Langshan; Modern Langshan; Wakfer Chinese Langshan
The Langshan is an old, heavy, soft-feathered chicken breed which probably originated in China. Langshans were imported to North America in 1878 and admitted to the standard in 1883.
The Croad Langshan Club was formed in Britain in 1904. The name "Croad" distinguishes the original type of Langshan, imported by Major Croad, which were a utility fowl of great merit, from the tall Modern Langshans which have been developed for the show pen.
Unfortunately, the Langshan is currently rare, and has been given a classification of "threatened" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Ornamental, Pets
Types (Single Comb): Black, Blue, White
Bantam: 32 - 36 oz
Largefowl: 7.5 - 9.5 lbs
Personality: Docile and sweet natured.
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
Like many Asiatic breeds, Langshans can take several years to mature. Mature Langshans may overeat and get fat. If your Langshans have feathered feet, they can collect ice balls on their feet. To prevent frostbite, these should be removed.
There are several different types of Langshans. In the USA, all Langshans are required to have feathered feet, but this is not a requirement in all countries.
Ninja, a rooster like no other
We got Ninja, our rooster from a lady that breeds chickens and many other farm animals. He was very easy to catch, almost as if he wanted to be caught. He was placed in my wife's arms and he just sat there staring at her. Didn't try getting down or nothing. When we took him home and put him with the rest of the assortment of chickens he walked around the yard like he was king. He immediately climbed the fence and flew out!
Ever seen a chicken climb a fence? So we called him ninja, he was black to top it off! Well Ninja grew and grew and grew on us. He was always very calm, hardly ever fought. He was always crowing at the appropriate time and you should have seen his way with the girls! Our chickens are all free range in a forest. He was golden! We would make this sound and all the girls would come a running. He would use his beak and show them food! He would break open acorns and literally feed the hens over himself! In summer Ninja was very hot and always. He didn't care much for the cold either, but never had any real problems. He was on time, 5 am, a crow, then every few hours as the sun came and went. At about 8 pm, he went to bed all by himself and all the hens followed. We sold ninja at an auction and he sold quick. I can not say about the meat as food, although we did butcher some of the same breed hens and the meat was very good..
From Retsuzen Sep 30 2014 6:18PM