Langshan Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

Other common names: Croad Langshan; Australian Langshan; Modern Langshan; Wakfer Chinese Langshan

The basics:
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.
Broody: Yes
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.

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