Hamburg

Rating:
4.5/5,
  • Egg Size:
    Small
    Purpose:
    Egg Laying
    Egg Color:
    white
    Egg Laying Rating:
    Very Good
    Chicken Size:
    Small
    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.

Recent Reviews

  1. oakwood
    5/5,
    "Allround great birds for free range keepers ."
    Pros - Smart clean birds ,good size white eggs . rn Trouble free .Non sitters
    Cons - Must have plenty of space .Non sitters.
    These are a few birds from our flock .[​IMG][​IMG]
  2. Marengoite
    4/5,
    "Excellent layer of medium white eggs and very..."
    Pros - Medium size, hardy, self-reliant, reliable layer
    Cons - Excitable, forages widely
    This review if for Silver Spangled Hamburgs. Other varieties may differ.

    Silver Spangled Hamburgs are surprisingly hardy for a small to medium size large fowl. They are striking in appearance with handsome rose comb, white feathers with contrasting black spots, long flowing tail feathers in the males and perky, upright wedge shaped tails in the hens. They are consistent layers.

    However, these are VERY independent chickens who flock together well but will forage widely. They love to fly and will roost as high as they possibly can. They tolerate confinement but much prefer roaming. They are reliable about returning at night, but should be owned by experienced poultry keepers. Not recommended as a chicken for first timers.

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