Other common names: Niederrhien, Nederrijner
The Basics: The Niederrhein fowl was developed in the lower region of Rhine, Germany. It was created around the 1940's, before the introduction of hybrid fowl. It is believed to have been created by crossing North Hollands, Malines, Orpintgons, and Plymouth Rocks together. The Neiderrhein became rather popular for its white meat, and thus a large variety of colors were created.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Blue, Birchen, Cuckoo, Crele, Lemon Cuckoo, Partridge
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Largefowl: 7.75 - 10 lbs
Personality: Calm and gentle. Makes a great barnyard layer, or pet.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very good (4/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
The Niederrhein fowl is easy fattened, and may need encouragement to exersize. You may need to sprinkle their feed onto the ground, over loose litter such as hay.