Other common names: Pondeuse de Zingem
The Zingem Laying Fowl was created in the 1970's by Mr. Dion Delaporte, in Zingem, Belgium. According to the Association for Promotion of Belgian Poultry Breeds, "Mr. Dion Delaporte from Zingem wanted to create a chicken breed with the beauty of the golden Brakel but it had to lay brown eggs. In the seventies he started his experiment by crossing golden Brakels and Rhode Island Reds. In 1985 the Zingem laying fowl was officially recognized as a Belgian breed."
Today, the Zingem laying fowl is a very endangered breed. There are some breeders working on it’s preservation in Flanders.
Varieties (Single Comb): Gold Penciled
Uses: Eggs, Ornamental
Weight: 4 - 5 lbs
Personality: Alert and easily startled
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
The Zingem Laying Fowl is an excellent flier. If you have a large pen to house them, an enclosure is recommended.