Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Rescue / shelter group
Posted Apr 13, 2016
We've kept lots of chickens, but mostly the common-or-garden brown hens, and they've mostly been ex-battery hens. The Cream Crested Legbars were my little treat to myself. I love looking at those beautiful blue eggs nestled in amongst all the brown ones in the bowl.
We've found them to be friendly and very tolerant of human interaction - which is just as well, given that my toddler seems to prefer the hen house to anywhere else at the moment. They appear as soon as I step outside with the corn tin, and will usually consent to being held, which makes wing clipping and checking them over easy. Our only other 'posh' hen was a Marsh Daisy, and she was very flighty, and much harder to handle.
They lay reasonably well, although they take a much longer break over the winter months than our brown hens do. We've found them much less susceptible to soft shells or other oddities than the ex-battery hens.