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Cream Legbar originally bred by R. C. Punnett

Average User Rating:
4.35294/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    blue
    Breed Temperament:
    moderate
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    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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Recent User Reviews

  1. 0wen
    4/5,
    "Overall Positive Experience"
    Pros - Good Layers, Active Foragers, Curious, 'Pretty' Birds
    Cons - Somewhat Skittish/Flighty
    I purchased a pair of these from My Pet Chicken (overpriced I know, but I only needed a small order) and still have them. They'll turn a year old in a few days and overall, they've been good birds. I skimmed reviews of them for a year or two - back when they were 'rare' and expensive and became curious about them. They're decent enough layers, but not the 'egg laying machines' early reviews made them out to be - They're about on par with my Orpingtons, Rocks, & Marans - but a far cry from Leghorn productivity. Disclaimer here that they are hatchery birds and not from a breeder, so I'll concede that may be a factor there. I probably average 4 eggs/week from each of the girls - not terrible as I raise 'Heritage' birds and don't usually expect an egg/day. They did take their first winter off.. The eggs are an attractive enough baby/sky blue..

    Temperament - skittish for a long time. They've calmed down a lot as they age despite no regular handling. They don't want to be petted or cuddled, something I don't really do with my birds anyway but they'll let me catch them for vetting, testing, exams - although an occasional cornering is necessary. I have great roosters in my flock, and I attribute their calming down to the presence of the pair of roosters. In general, they don't panic and run when humans are around and you can walk among them in coop, run, or yard without them becoming alarmed.

    In summary, they're good "middle of the road" chickens to me. Decent enough layers and active enough foragers with attractive enough feathering. My only "cons" are personal preference I suppose, in that I'd easily take a heritage breed over them. That being said, I have colored egg layers on hand on-and-off (for my kids) and do prefer these to Ameraucanas I've had in the past.
    Overall:
    4
  2. fatcatx
    3/5,
    "Depends on what you're looking for"
    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.
    Overall:
    3.5
  3. amyschickens1
    5/5,
    "lovely birds to keep amazingly friendly but..."
    Pros - blue/green eggs, lay quite a few eggs, males are pretty, can mix with any chickens, auto sexing
    Cons - can be flappy, rare so expensive, not to broody
    i only own one but my one is half blind
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    52.00

User Comments

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  1. dheltzel
    You really should. They can be a bit hard to find still, but a lot of breeders have them now, so they should get more common (and cheaper) with time.
  2. dheltzel
    You really should. They can be a bit hard to find still, but a lot of breeders have them now, so they should get more common (and cheaper) with time.
  3. fatcatx
    Thanks for noting the Rees differences. I had debated giving them a try at some point.
  4. fatcatx
    Thanks for noting the Rees differences. I had debated giving them a try at some point.
  5. dheltzel
    Not all strains of legbars are the same temperment. I have 2 strains, an older strain that I got locally with poor cresting and more gold than cream. They are quite flighty, but excellent layers. The second strain is the Jill Rees strain straight from Greenfire. These are obviously show birds, bred to be calm and handleable. They are often underfoot in the pens and I can just pick them up like the Ameraucanas and Bielefelders. I have crossed the 2 and the calmness is definitely genetic, with the hybrids falling in between the 2 parent personalities.
    If you want a productive blue egg layer that has the calm personality of your DP's, try a pure Jill Rees Legbar pullet or 2. I think you will be amazed at the difference. I find the Rees birds to be very productive, more than my show Ameraucanas, and of course 100% sexable at hatch. They are my top recommendation for new chicken keepers.
  6. dheltzel
    Not all strains of legbars are the same temperment. I have 2 strains, an older strain that I got locally with poor cresting and more gold than cream. They are quite flighty, but excellent layers. The second strain is the Jill Rees strain straight from Greenfire. These are obviously show birds, bred to be calm and handleable. They are often underfoot in the pens and I can just pick them up like the Ameraucanas and Bielefelders. I have crossed the 2 and the calmness is definitely genetic, with the hybrids falling in between the 2 parent personalities.
    If you want a productive blue egg layer that has the calm personality of your DP's, try a pure Jill Rees Legbar pullet or 2. I think you will be amazed at the difference. I find the Rees birds to be very productive, more than my show Ameraucanas, and of course 100% sexable at hatch. They are my top recommendation for new chicken keepers.
  7. cubalaya
    i have 2 that were give to me. if they live through the winter i will get them a rooster next spring
  8. cubalaya
    i have 2 that were give to me. if they live through the winter i will get them a rooster next spring
  9. PeterNaomiGray
    Our Amy is 7 months old now, and still a sweet, beautiful bird. We can see how CCLs got the "skittish" reputation, because when we approach Amy, she often freaks out a little, running away or flying over our heads. When we get down low, we can quickly grab her or get her into a corner. Once we pick her up, she immediately calms down and loves to be held. If you get a CCL, I wouldn't be put off by a little skittishness; just work with it and she'll probably respond to affection and gentleness.
    More and more, she comes to us on her own for lap time. Despite her lean build and thin, fragile-looking comb, she doesn't seem to have any problem with cold days, and we've had a few that dipped below 0 F. She hasn't started laying yet, but we're in no hurry, and we don't extend winter lighting in the coop.
    Amy is lively, smart, curious, athletic, and a lot of fun to have around. I'd gladly add more CCLs to our flock when we're ready for new chicks.
  10. PeterNaomiGray
    Our Amy is 7 months old now, and still a sweet, beautiful bird. We can see how CCLs got the "skittish" reputation, because when we approach Amy, she often freaks out a little, running away or flying over our heads. When we get down low, we can quickly grab her or get her into a corner. Once we pick her up, she immediately calms down and loves to be held. If you get a CCL, I wouldn't be put off by a little skittishness; just work with it and she'll probably respond to affection and gentleness.
    More and more, she comes to us on her own for lap time. Despite her lean build and thin, fragile-looking comb, she doesn't seem to have any problem with cold days, and we've had a few that dipped below 0 F. She hasn't started laying yet, but we're in no hurry, and we don't extend winter lighting in the coop.
    Amy is lively, smart, curious, athletic, and a lot of fun to have around. I'd gladly add more CCLs to our flock when we're ready for new chicks.

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