Pros: Lovely, prolific layer, watchiful, and a good flyer.

Cons: Quite unfriendly and skittish

My Avalon is the prettiest bird in a flock of 37, sporting iridescent spangles that strongly contrast blindingly white plumage. Her first egg was quite surprising for us, since we were expecting a normal white, but what we found in the nesting box bore a striking resemblance to a small, shiny, rosy pearl.


I value Avalon as a "watchbird" for our flock, as it seems that she is always the first to spot ground/aerial predators and alert all the rest with a call. This is a valuable trait that comes in handy for our flock of diverse sizes and shapes that might not enable some to escape as quickly.


For being such a tiny bird, she holds quite a bit of clout in the pecking order. Perhaps there's something strange about our chickens and ducks, because the small ones are every bit as evil as their much larger flockmates! :P


Although I love Avalon and wouldn't trade her for the world, her personality leaves something to be desired. I kid you not when I say that you can't get closer than 7 feet from her, otherwise she'll go into a panicked frenzy trying to get away. Won't be getting this breed in the future for pet qualities, but rather for their looks, egg production, and level of caution when free-ranging.



Pros: Good layer of white eggs, excellent forager, good feed converstion, great personality, like to "play"

Cons: Loudly marked so prone to predation, not for meat with their size

One of the silliest breeds I have ever had, if you like breeds with personality. Cute white eggs, good size once they get going. Mine average 5 eggs a week in winter. Cold hardy with the comb type. Great fliers, so will need a roofed pen or clipped wings. Friendly and calm but can be bossy and loud.


Their coloring makes them hawk bait but they're good about paying attention to their surroundings, nice and alert without being flighty.


Pros: beautiful, docile

Cons: can be flighty at times

i got my silver spangled hamburg from murray mcmurray hatchery on 2-7-2015 as a chick, now she is 6 months old as she is so pretty! she lays a small white egg every day and she Loves to dust bathe. i read that this breed is known to fly up in trees but she has not been in a tree the highest she has even been was in her roosting bar at night.. i named my hen dotty. 



this is a picture of her when she was a few days old.



 she is on the right













this is a picture a her i took a few days ago










Pros: Very beautiful, small and quiet

Cons: very flighty

My hamburg, Millie, is very beautiful but is the least friendly of my mixed flock. She is very quiet and is happy to live in the shadows. She isn't very big either but her markings make her a crowd pleaser to anyone that sees her.

SS hamburg


Pros: beautiful, good egg layers, friendly, alert, hardy

Cons: they fly high, and can jump very high

I have a pair of female silver spangled Hamburgs. They are really close to wild birds. They like to lay their eggs outside the coop in a corner away from everyone else. They attempt to roost right before sundown, so we have to be alert because they can jump really high, and like to try to roost on the fence! They are high fliers, so you must clip their wings. Pictures don't do them justice, there is a beautiful green sheen on their black polka dots. I find mine to be very friendly, and very busy. They have a loud call when they are excited about something, different from my other breeds of chickens. They lay small to medium eggs, and so far I get an egg either every day, or every other day from my pair. 


Pros: Very Handsome roo

Cons: He is a ******* to the other chickens

he crows a lot, & he is very aggressive sometimes, when he crows we say its Samuel L. Jackson yelling "what in the hell!!"


Pros: Beatiful, cool tail, lays almost every day

Cons: flighty, skittish, eggs are small

Hamburgs are really pretty.  I love heir paterns, colors, and tail.  They lay a beatiful (but tiny) white egg almost every day.  But they are very skittish and flighty.  Mine flew onto my roof! Lastly they are a little small which landed mine a place at the bottom of the pecking order! 


Pros: Attractive, very pretty in the field.

Cons: Flighty

I keep Silvers just for their ornamental value...they are just fun to have around. Can be flighty.


Pros: Beautiful, energetic, entertaining

Cons: Loud, small eggs, flighty

We have one little Silver Spangled Hamburg and she is easily the most entertaining hen in my flock! She is very loud, so you know when she's laid an egg or is excited about something that's going on in the yard. She's very striking to look at, her earlobes are bright blue, and it's a beautiful contrast to her plumage.


She's an infrequent layer, and her eggs are small, but she's a great addition to the flock! Although she is the smallest of my hens, she is very cold hardy and had no issues at all throughout the New England winter.


Pros: Beautiful, just stunning really, good forager, protective gentleman roo

Cons: Haven't found one

I only have one girl and boy.  I had these years ago but they were wiped out by a neighbor's dog when I wasn't home.  They roam really far and love to forage.  The rooster is awesome.  He treats his hens well and they know it.  He keeps a good 15 or better with him at all times.  My other two roosters I have right now just run around being greedy, mean, and randy.  But this guy calls them for food, warns about hawks, he will even chase straggler hens into the coop when a hawk is out.  I have never had a better rooster.  Plus he is stunning to look at.  I hope he has a long life because I don't know if all Hamburg roosters are this awesome or when I will find another like him.  I don't know if the girl is laying yet, I have several who lay small eggs and since she is a single I just can't tell.  I assume she is since the rest of the flock is.  She is so cute I would not want to let her go any way.


There is a bit of a toss up on the exact origin of this breed. According to Craig Russell, a renowned poultry historian, they originated in Turkey. It is also believed they are obviously linked to Hamburg, Germany, even though their origin may not be from there.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentWild / restless,Flighty
Breed Colors/VarietiesWhite, Black, Silver Spangled, Gold Spangled, Silver Penciled, Gold Penciled
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Rose
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Wild / restless,Flighty

Breed Colors / Varieties:

White, Black, Silver Spangled, Gold Spangled, Silver Penciled, Gold Penciled

Breed Details:

Conservation status: Watch Size: Cock 26 oz.; Hen 22 oz. My personal experience with these lovely birds is that they are naturally flighty and like to keep their distance from humans, but the hand-raised birds can become more like pets. A great website to find out more about Hamburgs is