Cream Legbars are a unique breed that offer much to the backyard enthusiast. They are sexable as day old chicks, and have the added advantage of laying beautiful blue eggs! Cockerel chicks are light in colour with a large white dot, while pullet chicks are darker with clearly defined lines and "eyeliner".
This is a breed that is relatively new, they were developed overseas after the second world war. They were developed by Dr. Punnet in Britain, and are a medium sized, crested breed. Cream Legbars are bred to be productive, medium sized birds. They should be calm, and lay lots of large blue eggs. They can be non-crested, though the breed standard calls for a small compact crest. They are a nice alternative to heavily crested breeds such as polish or silkies, as their crests aren't large enough to impede normal functioning.
As many breeds that became popular quickly, the cream legbars do face some struggles as a breed. They are often too gold in colour, where the standard calls for a cream or silver coloured hackles in both sexes. In North America, cockerels often have an abundance of chestnut in their wing and back area, and pullets are often golden in the hackles. We imported Cream Legbars from the Rees line in the UK (via Greenfire Farms) as they are more true to type then our original line that we are no longer working with. From a critical standpoint, our cockerels still have a little more chestnut then the standard calls for, and our pullets could have lighter crests.
We have found this line of Cream Legbars to be incredibly productive, they began laying at 19 weeks and continue to be strong layers of beautiful blue eggs. They have been hardy, strong, calm and inquisitive though not obtusely friendly in terms of wanting to jump on your shoulder.
They have been an excellent addition to our poultry lineup and we are looking forward to working with them in the future! We can't wait to get some eggs into the incubator from these beautiful birds.