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Cream Legbar originally bred by R. C. Punnett

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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!

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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.

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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

 

Chocolate

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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. 

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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

Cream Legbar originally bred by R. C. Punnett
Description:

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.

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DetailValue
Breed PurposeDual Purpose
CombSingle
BroodinessSeldom
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg Colorblue
Breed Temperamentmoderate
Breed Colors/Varieties
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA Class
Climate Tolerance
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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