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    Hamburg, also known as Hamburg in Britain, is a breed of chicken considered to be comparatively rare having only less than a thousand of which registered in North America annually. Developed in Germany and Holland before the 18th century, it carries quite a few names in the latter country (Pheasants, Pheasant fowl, Yorkshire Pheasant, Silver Pheasant-fowl of Yorkshire) and as cited by one expert, the Hamburg breed originated from 14th century Turkey.

    These chickens are noted for their wild disposition. To keep the Hamburg from running free or flying, owners must build high fences or wire cover to keep them in. These chickens like to forage so it's best to give them plenty of room. And because of their flighty nature, they don't really make good brooders, so it's best to give your Hamburgs a broody hen like the Brahmas to hatch the eggs.

    The Hamburgs mature quickly and are very good at producing eggs with glossy shells though rather small in size. The American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection recognized all six varieties of Hamburg in 1874 - Black, White, Silver Spangled, Silver Penciled, and Golden Penciled. The breed comes in both standard and bantam. In standard size, Hamburg males weigh five pounds while the females weigh four pounds.

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