Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Jul 26, 2014
Appenzeller chickens are rare in the US. They originally came from Switzerland. The ones I have are very rare silver spangled ones. I used to show these birds in 4-H but I just keep a few around now as conversation pieces. You can get chicks once in awhile through catalogs, but not very often. If you can find them, they are worth the money. These chickens look awesome, they are quite docile. However, they do fly and like to roost in trees. They are kind of small. The males only get to be about 4 lbs. The meat is kind of tough at that size. The hens lay small white eggs, but these birds often will lay eggs with 2 or 3 tiny yolks instead of one. It is because of this that I keep a few. Kids love to see "magic" eggs with 3 yolks. You can usually tell which egg has more than one yolk because it will be slightly bigger than normal.