Appenzeller Spitzhauben

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    Appenzeller Spitzhauben are hardy little chickens originating from the Appenzell region of Switzerland. Bred in 15th century, this breed of chicken is known to be active foragers and independent. They also need to be enclosed in a high fence or covered pen as they can fly rather well. Although easily found in other parts of the world, the Appenzeller Spitzhauben chicken is considered to be fairly rare in the United States.

    What gives this breed of chicken a distinct look is its head - medium and held high with a pointed crest bent forward somewhat like how it is with the traditional hats the women wear in the Appenzell region. A German word, spitzhauben literally mean pointed hoods. An Appenzeller Spitzhauben hen is fairly productive, able to produce medium-sized white eggs even on very little food. Moreover, they could forage very well on rocky slopes, survive harsh climate, and have very tasty meat.

    Standard Appenzeller Spitzhauben male weighs around 5.5 pounds, while the hen weighs around 4 pounds. This breed of chicken can come in silver or gold spangled, and black - though for any plumage color, its eyes are dark brown while the legs are blue.


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