Cream Legbar originally bred by R. C. Punnett

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    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. Jesse Robbins
    "My favorite breed"
    Pros - Foragers, friendly, auto-sex, beautiful large blue eggs, beautiful crests, usually doesn’t go broody.
    Cons - I’m biased, so NONE.
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  2. tupperval
    "Favorite Chicken!!"
    Pros - My hen is my favorite of all my Chickens. She is smaller than my Orpingtons but easier to carry around. She the easiest one to catch as she is frequently in the hen house by herself.
    Cons - She is a super fast runner when she wants to be. I also have a rooster; although I believe he is not a pure breed. He is skittish and also super fast.
    I have named my hen "Gidget". She is quiet, spunky, small and very friendly. She hasn't started laying yet, but I know she is getting close. The rooster is of course, "Moondoggy". He has very pretty coloring, but not sure if we will be keeping him or butchering him. He is rather loud at times.
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  3. 0wen
    "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.

User Comments

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  1. ChicKat
    It's so nice to see my Cream Legbar "Robin" appear on the home page, in the 'reviews' band of BYC. She was hatched in 2012 from Greenfire's "C" line -- which were the high egg producers.

    Robin's a dream hen -- and is going to be 6-years-old this January. I'm amazed that she still is laying a couple eggs during the week at her age. She is a Legbar that lays the bluer end of the spectrum, unlike some Legbars. -- If you want a nice long-lived bird that is excellent for your BYC flock -- try to find a legbar from the more original or 'production' lines if you goal is a hardy, curious, friendly egg-layer.

    ETA, that's a pullet picture of her, but she's equally pretty now-a-days as a hen.
  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. 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.
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    1. SnowKnitty
      I also have hens from the Hale line and the Rees line. The Hale line has a completely different temperament and I can't gain their trust. The Rees hens are so comfortable around people they sometimes jump/fly up to meet my hand when they suspect I might have something edible for them. The only downside is that they are really aggressive about food and can peck quite hard! For that reason, I wouldn't recommend them around small children.
      SnowKnitty, Jan 16, 2018
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    2. dheltzel
      I have turkeys and they make any pecking by a chicken seem mild. I can't feed them bread by hand, they get too excited and bite me hard. They aren't aggressive so much as excited. It seems like all my breeds attack their food with "gusto". I would monitor small children with any poultry, and teach them to respect their beaks (and feet and wings). Even my very mild mannered cochin bantam hens have pecked me quite hard when there was good food involved.
      dheltzel, Jan 17, 2018
  5. cubalaya
    i have 2 that were give to me. if they live through the winter i will get them a rooster next spring
  6. 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.
  7. Bocktobery 10
    I think you'll find you are happy with the results of boosting your egg color using your EE roo. I did that, and I'm very pleased with the results... a whole cornucopia of egg colors and various feather patterns! That said, I'm sorry that you've not found the legbars to be worth your money. I'm really happy with mine, and while they can get flighty at times- I've not experienced what you wrote about with mine. I've noticed mine are very street smart. The males get along really well together- no fighting, yet eager to protect the females. Perhaps you just weren't around them long enough when they were young to really bond with you or perhaps your CL chicks had some traumatic experiences with humans while young? I've found that helps if you coddle the chicks if you want your birds to be friendly- but not always does this work. I agree with the eggs being on the small side and are not so proficient as other breeds... however they never were known to be a proficient breed. I also agree that the roosters combs do freeze easily.
  8. animalgrl
    I had one CL who was my one of my favorites. Unfortunately we only had her about 6 months before she died from an impacted intestine. She was pretty and curious. While she wasn't particularly keen on being handled, she would often jump up on my lap to peck my jewelry or buttons, and almost always jumped up on my shoulder when I cleaned the run. I can't comment on laying ability, as she never laid (found out on necropsy she had no oviduct and no properly formed ovary) but personality wise, she was great. I would love to get a couple more CLs someday.
  9. ChicKat
    How unfortunate that you are having bad experiences with this breed.

    Most who have them love them. The frost-bit combs are a definite disadvantage in very cold climates, so your observations for people in ultra cold areas can help them with their view of the breed. Interesting that the egg color is one that will boost the color of your EE flock. Most likely you decided to give them a try based on comments in threads about CL here on BYC. sorry to hear that yours turned out to be lemons. .
  10. Pensmaster
    I've been watching mine for a few weeks now. They are in with Leghorns. Feeding time they run away. Leghorns run to me. Thought that was strange. Hope they lay well or they are in the same situation as yours will be.

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