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Chicken Breed Focus - Kraienköppe

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The Kraienköppe breed was created on the border between Germany and The Netherlands and are thought to have been created from crosses between Malays, Leghorns and local farmyard fowl in the early part of the 19th century. They are even-tempered, usually friendly birds, very active foragers that thrive if kept in an free range environment and the hens are excellent and frequent broodies, as well as good egg layers. Classified as a rare breed nowadays, the breed is not yet accepted by the APA, but is popular as show breed in Europe, having been first shown in the Netherlands in 1920, and in Germany in 1925.

 

 

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Purpose: Egg laying; Exhibition

Weight: Male - 6 lbs; Female - 4 lbs

Origin: Germany-Holland border region

Egg Production: ±200 eggs annually 

Egg Colour: Off-white

Colours/Varieties: Black breasted red; Silver

 

Pic by @DTchickens 

 

Pic by @mcrooke45

 

Pic by @mcrooke45

 

Pic by @mcrooke45

 

BYC Breed Reviews:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/kraienk-ppe

 

BYC Breed Discussion:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/634496/kraienkoeppe-thread/0_30

 

 

Do you own Kraienköppe? Are you a Kraienköppe breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

 

·         What made you decide to get this breed?

·         Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?

·         What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?

·         Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #2 of 9

Those bright yellow legs are amazing!

 

No one here has any of these?

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post #3 of 9

I love the coloration of my rooster.


I've got two hens and my rooster.. They are so different from the rest of the flock with their long legs and neck :).

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I love the coloration of my rooster.


I've got two hens and my rooster.. They are so different from the rest of the flock with their long legs and neck :).

 

 

Very colorful!

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post #5 of 9
Very cool!
post #6 of 9

These are really neat! I love the strikingly yellow legs.

post #7 of 9

What a beautiful bird

To those who don't recognize their unique worth, imitation looms attractive.

To those who know their strength, imitation represents an unacceptable compromise

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To those who don't recognize their unique worth, imitation looms attractive.

To those who know their strength, imitation represents an unacceptable compromise

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post #8 of 9

Thank you Abesinger, Wingedshade and Eagrbeavr!

His name is Pharaoh, his colors just reminded me somehow of them :).

 

Here is his lady, or at least one of them. Pardon her feet, they are among the best foragers in the flock, and the mud hides the color :).


Edited by chickspea - 3/14/16 at 9:23am
post #9 of 9

She's quite pretty too, despite the mud. Didnt even notice.

To those who don't recognize their unique worth, imitation looms attractive.

To those who know their strength, imitation represents an unacceptable compromise

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To those who don't recognize their unique worth, imitation looms attractive.

To those who know their strength, imitation represents an unacceptable compromise

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