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  • Breed Purpose:
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Breed Temperament:
    Wild / restless,Flighty
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Silver Spangled,
    Gold Spangled,
    Silver Penciled,
    Gold Penciled
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: Rose
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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 http://www.northamericanhamburgs.com/







Recent User Reviews

  1. AmandaKyle
    "Sassy little thing!"
    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.
    Purchase Date:
  2. Alexandra33
    "Interesting and stunning"
    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! [​IMG]

    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.
  3. applebutter14
    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



User Comments

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  1. countrydream7
    how big are the eggs ..do they get along with other birds..
  2. 0wen
    I have an 8 week old pullet - hatchery stock from My Pet Chicken, and can all ready see this coming. We're working on getting our pullets person-friendly by bribing the with mealworms and while you can see this girl desperately wants them - she's evidently rather starve than even consider taking one from our hand. Our mixed flock (2) Crested Cream Legbars (2) Olive Eggers (1) Buff Orpington (1) Bantam Leghorn (1) Silver Spangled Hamburgh has progressed well in that the other 6 come running to see if we have treats for them - not the Hamburgh. She stays 4 feet or better away (and on edge) ready to flee if we even look in her direction.

    Right now, fearful that she'll eventually make the rest of my flock crazy as hell because of her zero-to-blind panic is 1 second mental state. Hoping to keep her because they're definitely pretty birds, but not at the sake of having a mentally stable flock...
  3. chattery41
    Wow ! She's got some amazing feathers going on there. Never seen one with such defined spots before.
  4. applebutter14
    the chick on the left is a dark cornish hen
  5. Alexandra33
    Lovely! I hope my own SSH pullet grows to be that beautiful.
  6. chickenchick12
    What is the other chick in the picture?
  7. SizzleQueen
    They are gorgeous! Want want want :)
  8. hellbender
    I agree weezilgirl, about the hawks. I too have shot up into the air and they usually do NOT come back!!!
  9. TaraBellaBirds
    I have two 8 week hamburgs. They are very clickish and not at all friendly, but are turning into very lovely birds. They are tiny and quite and I am sure will be an interesting addition to my flock.
  10. weezilgirl
    If you have more trouble with hawks, my solution has been to step outside and shoot my shotgun up into the sky. I had two different type hawks and neither has returned.
    I live in southeastern Oklahoma and about 2 months ago, a horse looked off into another pasture and I ran for my binoculars. Horses see everything. I saw a shape and thought, no....huh uh..it must be an extra large road runner. That afternoon as I was leaving to go to the river to swim, something flew up, by my truck, hit me in the head and I immediately recognized the sound. It was a pheasant! It landed by my garden and foraged and walked over to a cattle lot and started down the fence. I headed it off before it got to the road and it was not the least bit scared of me. It looked me in the eye and climbed over a fence rod and continued foraging in the cattle lot. I've seen it and a hen two more times. The Oklahoma wildlife department is flummoxed.:) I have so many coyotes and also two wolves around in my woods that I'm afraid they have been caught.
    I would love to see your chickens because the shape of a pheasant is so beautiful.

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