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Appenzeller Spitzhauben


Pros: Friendly, Engaging Birds!

Cons: Can't think of one!

Back in the early 2000's I was in Appenzell Switzerland.  When I heard the chicken name, Appenzeller Sptizhauben, I had to get one.  Boy was I in for a treat!  What lovely birds.  I started with four...because of there "hair cuts", I named them John, Paul George and Ringo...Paul and George became Paula and Georgia!   John was the best rooster I ever had...affectionate and fiercely protective of his flock, including the turkeys in it.  Georgia and Paula, were so affectionate.  They would ride on my shoulder and jump up in my lap and loved to be petted.  I lived in Northern NY and they were good in both the extreme cold and the warmer temps.  Fun, lively and smart.  I moved and had to give them away, but as soon as I can get chickens again, they are the first to get!!!


Pros: Beautiful, very good layers, calm, non flighty and gentle for kids, can handle confinement well (coop and run set up), good forager, frugal

Cons: Likes to roost in trees, free ranging

The Spitzhaubens are one of my favorite breeds! Very flashy, they are not afraid to "show off" their beauty. Roosters are very gentle toward kids. Very good white egg layers, and known to be a non broody breed however rare incidents do happen that they will brood and raise chicks successfully while others would brood but not want to raise chicks. I find the hens to be very gentle, not nervous in temperment or flighty. Very hardy in winter, rarely I have problems with frostbitten combs and wattles but it is to be expected. They don't mind the heat in the summer as long water (with electrolites) and shade is provided. Good range birds, forage for themselves quite well, and when free ranging, they would roost in trees if allowed.


There is much work to be done for the Spitzhaubens in the United States to correct the spangling, the "mohawk", it should NEVER be Polish top hat and feathers pointing forward. Legs should be slate, not blue or pale pinkish blue like I have seen in some Spitzes. Other colors are being developed.


Would I recommend this breed for a beginner? Yes I definately would!


Pros: Beautiful and spritely

Cons: A bit shy, can be flighty

My AP is now 2 months old.  She struggled some when she first arrived with 40 other chicks.  She was so tiny she was getting shoved aside from the food and water, kept pasting up, and getting weaker.  I put her in a separate brooder with a couple of other smaller chicks and she thrived!  Within a week I could put her back with the big group and she gamely shouldered through to the food and water.  She has a "can-do" spirit and is a very lively little girl who loves meal worms!  She won't take them from my hand yet, but we are working on it.  She is exquisite!


By the way, how do you pronounce Spitzhauben?  My German friend does not pronounce the "b" so it sounds more like "Spitzhoun" or Spitzhoen".  At least that gets you closer to the real pronunciation!  Don't forget that like gargley sound when say the "h".:lau


Pros: Beautiful, friendly, non bird-agressive, good layers, especially hardy for their small size

Cons: They can be a little loud, and are especially active/high flighers - not the ideal birds for small coops or runs

I absolutely ADORE Spitzhaubens.


They are great layers for their size and type, extremely friendly, non bird aggressive and absolutely stunning in any flock. For their smaller size, they're incredibly hardy birds and lay well even in winter. They've got an exotic look without the idiocy and finicky nature of other tophats - plus, a huge bonus, their tophats don't obscure their vision and they are great free-range birds. There were few others in my flock that could out-forage my Spitz.


They are a GREAT choice for mixed breed flocks - they're neither aggressive nor overtly submissive, usually take up for themselves well and can form friendships in the flock. They're smart birds and they WILL make you smile.


I miss my Spitz dearly and would love to have the breed again.


Pros: active, inqusitive, sweet

Cons: niosey, jumpy, fast

Over all I love my little girl she is supper loud though I would still get her if I had the choice to go back


Pros: Hardy, wild and ready to fend for itself. nice medium bird with an attitude. Talks to familiar handlers.

Cons: Can be quirky, beats up on my sheltie with wing strokes. Roosts in trees if not confined.

This noisy bunch of laughing birds, killed 3 young roos, and did not mate. I had a dozen,only7 left. They are mastered by a clearly Polish crossed roo, he has a diferent fluff on top. He is georgeous, but the girls torture him constantly. Nice medium eggs, but we are trying to hatch a bunch without success yet.. They prefer to free range, and are quirky when predetors are around. The roos agressive to a threat and no match for coons and possum, or other larger prey animals. They fight rather than escape. If not carefull, you will fill the trees with them. We use a 4 x 12 tractor coop with a nest box, and they are ok, but prefer to roam more, as they get testy with one another. I like their personalities.


Pros: funny/quirky, can be lovey towards people

Cons: skittish,loud

They really are a pretty bird and are really funny to watch but i will never get them again, out of 5 i had two live, the ones i got all had some sort of genetic flaw and 3 ended up dieing (one when he was just a fuzz ball) i do like the two i have though they are cute.


Pros: ornimental layers, friendly, good pets, hens lay good quantity of medium-sized white eggs

Cons: can develope bent breastbones which is not good for show :(

These birds are just stunning aren't they?? Anyway about these birds the standard male usually weighs about 4.5 lbs.(2 kg.) and the females 3.5 (1.6 kg.) and the bantam versions for the male 24 oz.(680 g.) and the females 20 oz.(570 g.) ! They have a red V-shaped comb, Moderately large oblong red wattles, and moderately large white earlobes. These beautiful birds can come in the colors Black, Golden Spangled and Sliver Spangled and their place of origin is Switzerland. Hope It Helped!!!!!!


Pros: hardy,cute, friendly. can brood

Cons: almost too smart

neat breed. nice to look at. keeps you smiling, some are very friendly.


Pros: Friendly, personality, pretty

Cons: None!

I have two Appenzeller Spitzhauben pullets. They have a cute little personality, and they love to talk to you. They like to free range, rather than being in a run. They are pretty, hardy small birds that lay a good supply of medium white eggs.
Appenzeller Spitzhauben

The Appenzellar Spitzhauben originated in Switzerland. Large fowl are found but bantams were not in existence until recently in Germany where they are working on downsizing the Spitzhauben breed. The breed was named after the ladies' lace bonnets of Appenzellerland. The word "spitzhauben" means pointed bonnet. In the 1950's, at Dr. Albert McGraw's request, a German friend of his brought him over three dozen eggs back from Germany. Dr. McGraw's line was the only line of Spitzhaubens in the United States for many years; as such, you can be certain that all of the Spitzhaubens here in the United States can be traced back to his stock. There are a few dedicated breeders here in the United States, so the breed is slowly making a comeback.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Not bear confinementwell,Calm,Quiet,Shy,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesSilver Spangled/Silver Crescent, Golden Spangled and Blacks are found in the UK and USA. Light/soft feathered.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: V-Shaped
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Not bear confinementwell,Calm,Quiet,Shy,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Silver Spangled/Silver Crescent, Golden Spangled and Blacks are found in the UK and USA. Light/soft feathered.

Breed Details:

Well proportioned round body, crest must be tipped forward over face. V comb and should not have any side sprigs. Large nostrils. Eyes are dark brown. No beards or muffs, unlike the Brabanter. Skin is white and legs must be blue or slate in color. Not flighty or nervous like Leghorns. Friendly and quiet. Can stand confinement in coop and run enclosures but not in cages unless they are chicks or recovering from illness. Great active forager and excellent fliers. Good egg to feed ratio. Good layer of eggs, with production roughly between 140 to 160 white eggs per year. With patience and time, Appenzeller Speizhaubens can become very friendly and unafraid of human touch.


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