Appenzeller Spitzhauben

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    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 Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: V-Shaped
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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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Recent User Reviews

  1. Mattsculpt
    "Great Birds!"
    Pros - 5 eggs a week, good forager, beautiful, not aggressive.
    Cons - None.
    I have two Appenzeller Spitzhauben, one pullet and one cockerel in a mixed flock. The pullet started laying right at 4 months even though it is fall, and has given me 5 plus medium sized eggs a week this past month. The cockerel is a little gentleman with the hens, not at all aggressive as many young roosters can be. He crows only at dawn and when the pullet sings her egg song. Mine stay in their run and only flew up to the top of the coop once. They are beautiful to watch, a bit wary, but not at all skittish. Great little birds.
  2. jailerjoe
    "My Favorite Chickens"
    Pros - Sweet dispositions
    Cons - Smaller white eggs
    In my flock of 41 (3 roosters and 38 hens) my pair of Spitzhaubens are my favorites by far. My rooster Hans rules the roost including my two light brahma roosters but he's gentle and friendly with me and my family. He's never aggressive with us and will walk over and let me pick him up and carry him around. Oh and he's a gorgeous rooster! Princess, my Spitzhauben hen is as friendly as Hans and will squat when I touch her back. Cracks me up and makes it easy to grab her.

    They're really great chickens and striking in appearance. I live in northern Minnesota and they handled the winter with ease. Hans got a little frostbite on his waddles but they look great once spring rolled around.

    The best part is watching Hans kick the brahma's, who out weigh him but at least a couple pounds, off his girls and then chase them around.

    I have a chainlink fence for a run and covered the top with deer netting which I got specifically to keep them in since they supposedly like to roost in trees. Mine free range about half the day but they show no desire to roost in trees.

    Great chickens!
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  3. smsabean
    "Excels in health, friendliness and longitivity"
    Pros - Very friendly, prolonged life span, continues to lay some well into old age, disease resistant.
    Cons - probably averages 3 eggs per week, not a top rate layer
    We love our Spitzhauben girl who is now going on to 9 years old. She has become the farm mascot and family pet and has earned her spot here as long as nature allows. She is a very friendly girl who will allow you to walk over and pick her up where ever she is. Loves to free range but tolerates confinement well when necessary. Knows where the bag of corn is in the house and will come in and search it out if the door is open. She has long since passed her peak laying but still lays a bit in the spring. Over the past 9 years we have had a number of chicken diseases that have passed through the flock but this girl seems to have exceptionally strong immunity. She never seems to display any of the symptoms that may be present within the flock. We have had losses from Marek's, coccidiosis, and infectious bronchitis and I honestly do not remember this girl ever exhibiting symptoms. She also seems to be good at avoiding predators which I partly account to her good flying ability. She likes to roost as high as she can in the pen, often roosting over doors when she can find space enough to do so.
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  1. duluthralphie
    I have some and so far I have to say, I like them, they have not started laying yet. They are a cute crested bird that is not nutso like a polish is.
  2. Alexandra33
    Great review! I love Spitz with all my heart, especially my little Sassy Cassie. They sure are a friendly breed. :D
  3. Chicken Egg 17
    They are very pretty birds do u know at least how many eggs they lay a year or how often they lay an egg
  4. Priscilla Feathers
    Thank you so much for the information. I like talkative birds too, so maybe I could handle one chicken that isn't quite so cuddly. I wish I could find cuddly and heat tolerant in the same breed. It seems like most of the heat tolerant ones are flighty though.
  5. dtimoth
    My Spitzhaubens are not particularly friendly. They're a bit like the Mediterranean breeds in that they are flighty and somewhat nervous but good layers. I doubt any Spitzhaubens would be good cuddlers, although you could try to start cuddling when they are chicks and see how it goes. Yes, the Australorps are very sweet. They mellow out a lot as they grow older, which the Mediterranean breeds and Spitzhaubens tend not to do. Speaking of boring, someone mentioned that the Spitzhauben ladies are very talkative. That's true. They are always spreading gossip and making music with their talkativeness.

    The Minorcas are not cuddly or friendly. They are nervous acting no matter how old they get, but they are great layers. Again, you could try a Buff Minorca, starting with a chick, but I don't think she'll ever be a lap chicken the way Orpingtons or Australorps can be. Another very sweet breed I've had in the past was the Speckled Sussex. That gal would fly onto my shoulder and perch while I did the feedings, and she always enjoyed being petted.

    In summary, the Spitzhaubens are not cuddly at all, but they are stunning to look at and soothing to listen to. They are good layers and although they're from Switzerland, they tend to do well in the Phoenix heat. We've had a 'relatively mild' summer this year, but even in last year's 115+ days, they did okay with water and shade. I've never lost a Spitzhauben to heat stroke like I have Rhode Island Reds, Australorps, Minorcas and Orpingtons. My suggestion would be to get a couple of Spitzhauben chicks and try to cuddle them as much as possible, and see how they turn out. Good luck.
  6. Priscilla Feathers
    Are your Spitzhaubens friendly? I'd like to try Spitzhaubens since I've heard from several sources that they do well in Arizona heat, but I really like my chickens to be cuddlers as well.

    I've had good luck with Australorps for both heat tolerance and friendly behavior. They are lovely, quiet, cuddly birds, but having a whole flock of Australorps is a bit boring.

    Were your Minorca chickens cuddly or at least friendly? I've thought about trying a buff minorca. I love my cuddly buff orpington hen, and I love her color. She's so pretty out in the yard. But I have to bring her indoors when the heat gets over 100, she just suffers too much when she's left outside.
  7. Hogs and Horns
    There are two cantons (similar to states) in Switzerland with the word Appenzell in their names: Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhoden. They are located in the large eastern region of Switzerland that speaks Swiss-German rather than the smaller regions that speak French, Italian, or Romansh. That is why the name is Swiss-German, which is a form of German. According to the Appenzeller Spitzhauben Club of America, the breed originated in those Swiss cantons, found in the north-east part of tiny Switzerland. Sorry, Spitzboyz, but Sweden has nothing to do with them. It's a very common mistake people make between Switzerland and Sweden. Sweden is in the northern part of Europe, in what we call Scandinavia, located between Norway and Finland. Switzerland is smaller and farther south, landlocked between France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Italy. We actually are Swiss citizens, from Switzerland, and hear it all the time: "Wow, you're Swiss but you're not blond and blue-eyed...aren't people from Sweden supposed to look like that?", etc. :)
  8. joydix
    I have had several and they are so quirky and inquisitive....always the first to try anything...which includes flying to the top of fences and up on the roof! they are showstoppers for sure . one of my favorites
  9. ToniTalley
    We have a hen, and she is not really a very good layer, maybe 3 eggs a week, although she has stopped laying right now. We named her Frizzola, for the silly frizzy hairdo. She is not mean, but not so friendly either, more of a loner than the others.
  10. ChicKat
    Nice review, thanks!

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