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Cream Legbar originally bred by R. C. Punnett


Pros: quiet, calm, friendly, sociable

I got my first Cream Legbars in May of 2012 in an egg swap. They hatched from beautiful sky blue eggs. I got 2 pullets and 2 cockerels, but one cockerel died at a few weeks old. They grew to become beautiful birds! Very friendly-one pullet never fails to meet me at the door and loves to be held and petted. I don't normally handle my chickens unless I need to, but I can't help enjoying having one who begs to be petted.

Update: I now have several more of these and they all have the same friendly, curious, social nature. Add that to the ability to tell pullets from cockerels at hatch, along with pretty blue eggs, and you have the perfect breed!


Pros: Friendly, independent, smart. Striking crest and upright tail. Athletic, inquisitive, good free range.

Cons: None so far other than somewhat higher price.

We bought our CCL chick for $35 (plus her share of shipping) from Meyer Hatchery in mid June. I was intrigued by some descriptions and photos, but after she arrived, along with a White Rock, Buff Orp., Dominique, and Golden-laced Wyandotte, we read many comments that CCLs are flighty, unfriendly, afraid of people, or "definitely not lap chickens." Some other owners said the opposite. 
    It might be luck, or the fact that we handle all our chicks a LOT from the minute we open the mailing box. Here's our Amy at 6 weeks. Not exactly "unfriendly;" she's one of the cuddliest chickens we've had, and that's saying a lot. She loves being stroked and massaged on her upper back and neck.


Maybe Amy will suddenly become panicky or unfriendly as she matures, but that seems unlikely. Here she is this morning, age 10-11 weeks (08-31-15):


And here she shows her elegant form:


Of course we can't say anything yet about eggs, but for us the pet qualities come first. If you like a beautiful but somewhat comical hen, with a sweet personality, we would recommend trying a CCL. We only have this one data point, but if you want her to be friendly, it seems well worth giving frequent, kind attention from the earliest days.


Pros: Autosexing, blue egg laying, crested and cream! Gentle personalities if handled from hatch. Great parents and very protective!

Cons: Kind of expensive since they're rare, unless you swap eggs!

We love our beautiful Cream Legbars! We currently have 13 of these amazing birds. Our oldest hen lays 5-6 blue eggs a week! The best part to me, though, is that you can sex these birds at hatch.

Our pullets and cockerals follow us around the yard looking for treats. The older birds sing and talk to us when they see us. I must admit that the roosters have a bit of a reputation for really funny crowing sounds...everything from broken toy to peep sounds and everything normal in between! The Roosters are gentlemen (ie my girls don't have naked necks), great protectors, and keep a sharp eye on everyone. 


We bought our first pair at auction from Burton Farms, more birds from Huckleberry Farms, and hatching eggs from Lonnyandrinda and Cjwaldon.


A few pictures of some of the younger birds!

London watching over Kate and Diana

A boy!


A girl!


Graphite with Cider and Chocolate


156.JPGBlue and Lucy, our first pair


Gray and Lucy grown up




Pros: Large consistent blue eggs, Mild temperament, Excellent forager, Alert to predators.

Cons: These birds still retain enough instinct to be flighty, which may be considered a pro if you intend to maintain these birds free range.

Enough positive cant be said about Mr. Punnetts amazing bird. Designed by a keen scientific mind these birds seam to have it all; beauty, heavy blue egg production, and the wonderful ability to be sexed at birth! I maintain a large flock of Cream Legbars and i have to say they have been one of my favorite birds since the moment i purchased them. They are a hardy bird that seams to do well in the North Georgia climate, from the hot summers to our winter ice storms i have had not one problem. An amazing and majestic bird that is well worth the price you have to pay for them. I would highly recommend this poultry breed to the novice and the seasoned alike.


Pros: autosexing, blue-eggs, crested, healthy, good foragers, if they go broody - excellent mother hens, superb all-around chicken - striking and unusual

Cons: may still be a bit too pricey for some folks budgets, roosters are very protective of their hens and once the roosters get old - they can turn mean.

Now that I have had Cream Legbars since 2012, I cannot imagine NOT having them.  Autosexing is so brilliant, I feel sorry for folks who have to wait an extended period to know the chicks' gender.  Add to that, I'm so lucky with the genetics that I got - my chicks were hatched at Greenfire Farms, but I bought them from Samantha Kellerman in the Hill Country as she won a large number of them in rare-breeds auction and sold off some to recoup her expenses.  


I also feel so lucky that the genetics I have here don't have things like - recessive white, or white eggs showing up, or crestless chickens.  At times these can pop up in flocks due to the possible mixtures and unknown genetics that some people in the UK where the breed originated mixed into the Cream Legbar blood. 


My flock has been healthy and productive for a long time now.  My "old" hen still produces an egg everyday-- even in this 100-degree Texas summer heat.  Both she and her daughter did a spell of broodiness - and had beautiful chicks.  Cream Legbars are good mothers.  


The chicks are friendly and curious, healthy and entertaining. 


Cream Legbars lay blue eggs - some of the Cream Legbar strains may lay a more greenish-blue.  No Cream Legbars in the USA lay olive eggs. The eggs may appear a bit smaller than eggs of the same weight (egg size is determined by weight) My flock lays medium sized eggs - just a fraction (3/1000's) short of the 2-ounces that the USDA sizes 'Large' eggs.


The worst trait I have experienced is that an old rooster can occasionally become mean.  This trait should definitely not be bred forward, and roosters should probably be replaced when they approach 2-years or more if they have a tendency to be over protective of their hens. 


Pros: Beautiful, autosexing, and docile! Just plain great birds!

Cons: Surprisingly rare.

My Cream Legbar lays plenty of most beautiful sky blue eggs that are also almost round in shape. They are very friendly and also SUPER calm in your hands. To top that off they are autosexing! It is very ironic that these birds are not one of the most popular breeds.


Pros: Pretty, interesting birds, inquisitive, with alovely wild streak, not to mention those wonderul blue/green eggs, and you can sex them at birth!

Cons: Slightly flighty, sometimes pricey, hard to think of negatives!

This breed has everything going for it, sweet, inquisitive nature without being bullish and overrconfident, layers pf beautiful sky blue or green eggs. Also, you can sex them on hatching! They are fabudabu!!! Everyone should have them in their flock!


Pros: Large eggs, crests are cute, quiet

Cons: Not friendly, expensive, mixed bloodlines, low hatch rates

Almost a year ago I purchased a flock of one year old unrelated legbars that came from a large breeder.  


The hens are not friendly or sociable.  They are avid foragers to the point of being neurotic and will dig and scratch everything in the yard.  The rooster was so mean that he didn't last long before he had to be culled.  The hens are quiet and are generally not aggressive to the other birds.


The Legbar eggs are XL to jumbo in size.  They are a pale blue, not that pretty, and the shells are rough.  After a year of raising/breeding these birds, I found that there are inherent problems with genetics and egg quality that make the eggs difficult to hatch.  The few pullets I have been able to hatch from this flock lay white or tinted egg instead of blue.  Despite the outward appearance of the hens and the price I paid for them, it is obvious that there is mixed genetics going on with them and they are not homozygous for blue egg genes.


As my hens approach 2 years old, they are already not laying well. They took the entire winter off to molt (3 - 4 months). Now their shells are extremely thin; the eggs are not suitable for hatching or for selling for eating.  They are in a coop with other breeds of hens eating the same diet, so I doubt their lack of productivity is a result of their environment.  The hens weigh an average of 4 pounds, so they are not good dual purpose birds.  


In the end I think I was sold defective birds that the breeder probably knowingly culled from the flock due to mixed breeding and genetic problems.  My birds are classic cream colored and have beautiful crests.  The crests are the best thing about the birds.  I wish now that I could get rid of the legbars, but I would never sell "defective" birds to someone just to pass my problem on to someone else.  I even offered to give them away to a neighbor, and she didn't want them.  :lol:  


Pros: autosexing, small standard, blue eggs

Cons: not a dual purpose bird, new import so lots of imperfections

I have had my Cream Legbars since October 2011. I lucked out totally with a Cream Roo and then a Cream hen from a second pair in February 2012. 2014 will see me start my F3 generation of Lebbras but the influx of the British Breed Jill Rees' birds.

These are really great birds with much to recommend them as  breeding flock. They are great layers and lay a blue egg almost every day,  and are auto-sexing. The amount the eat to what they lay.... during the warmer months or if you live down south make this a great breed for that environment. Mine are not and have been no noisier than most. They are gorgeous birds and because you tell male from female at the start it makes keeping a pullet free sale to anyone else.


Maria Oakley


Pros: Autosexing, pretty eggs, feed thrifty, good foragers

Cons: flightly compared to most DP breeds

I think whether you like or dislike these birds comes down to what you are looking for.  I have not cared for them much because they are so nervous and flighty compared to my chubby DP hens. Worse, they seemed to pass this nervousness onto birds I added to the flock after them. We hatched a batch of CL chicks with some Marans at the same time.  Even as week-old chicks the behavior differences between the two breeds were startling.  However they are probably calmer and friendlier than a lot of the Mediterranean breeds. They do lay pretty eggs and were dependable layers for me – 5 per week.  Also they are svelte little things so they do save on the feed. We just have a small city backyard flock so the things I don’t like might be an asset for someone with more space and in need of effective foragers. These birds can definitely take care of themselves.  I may get more when I make it out to the country but I won’t be adding any more to the backyard.

Cream Legbar originally bred by R. C. Punnett

Called Crested Cream Legbar, and most commonly Cream Legbar, you will find information for this breed under Legbar in the breeds listing here Please place your reviews and pictures under the Legbar listing - this entry is designed to direct those searching for information on Cream Legbars to the Legbar listing.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg Colorblue
Breed Temperamentmoderate
Breed Colors/Varieties
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Climate Tolerance
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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