- Breed Purpose:
- Dual Purpose
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Breed Temperament:
- Friendly, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Quiet, Docile
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Single comb: Black, Blue, White. Some breeders are working on a Barred Langshan.
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
- APA/ABA Class:
The Langshan is a rather unique looking breed. It is an extremely tall looking chicken with a characteristic 'U' shape body. Besides it's leg length, much of it's height comes from the uprightness with which it stands. The breed's deep, full breast and exceptional depth of body, long back and the straight rising tail angle all contribute to its distinctive “U” shape.
Langshans are named after district around the Yangtsze-kiang River in China where they were developed over many centuries. There are four distinct types within the breed. The most popular version, is the original utility black Langshan, these became known as Croad Langshans in England, named after Major A.C. Croad, who was the first to import the breed into England 1872. They have lightly feathered shanks and outside toes, and are the most common type of Langshan in the US also. Another popular type is the German Langshan which is also very tall and clean legged. In England the long legged type known as the Modern Langshan was developed more for the show pen and the birds came to resemble the Modern Games. Then there was a shorter legged version resembling the Cochin. These birds were used in the creation of the Orpington.
The Lanshan is a dual purpose breed. They are considered good meat birds with the full breast giving an abundance of white meat. They are also a very hardy breed, considered easy to raise, they are quite cold tolerant and are heat tolerant. They are very good foragers and good flyers. The hens are very good layers, will go broody occasionally and make good mothers.
They have been used in the formation of many other breeds.
The APA recognizes three colors, the original Black, with White and Blue being added to the standard later.
It was recognized by the APA in 1883 and is on The Livestock Conservancy's list as Threatened.
For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-langshan.1005834/
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Brown
Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile
Breed Colors / Varieties:
Single comb: Black, Blue, White. Some breeders are working on a Barred Langshan.
Some lines of birds are more frequent in being broody. My particular birds have gone broody six times each this year alone. The males are sweet, relaxed and gentle. Green sheen on males and females is desirable with purple sheen considered less desirable than green. Eyes should be dark, bordering on black. Face and wattles should be red with a medium-sized comb. This breed has done will in 100*F temperatures as well as sub-zero temperatures in the winter. Laying in high temperatures should not be expected. Eggs vary from light brown to dark brown and desirable eggs have a "plum" coloration to the brown.
Recent User Reviews
"My favorite chicken"
Pros - Decent layer
Puppy dog personality
Very sweet (gentle giant)
Cons - None
We have one black Langshan and she is definitely by far my favorite. She is very large at least 10-12lbs, but she is so nice to all the other hens and never bullies them even though shes the biggest. Very loud and vocal about getting what she wants when she wants. Has to be hand fed because the stuff on the ground is not good enough lol. (someones been very spoiled) She lays a medium sized light to dark brown egg 3-4 times a week. Never gone broody, but that's okay with me. Will follow me around looking for handouts and always comes running as soon as I call her. I would recommend this breed to anyone and am looking forward to getting a few chicks out of her sometime soon.
"Not so friendly"
Pros - Broody, excellent mom
Cons - Skittish
I only have one Langshan hen. Mine is extremely skittish, but to be fair I bought her as a pullet and I dont handle her very often. I've had her for about 1 1/2 years now and she is still skittish. She doesn't fight or they to get away if I catch her but she is hard to catch. She will take treats from my hand but runs if move. She also bullies the other hens on occasion. On the other hand, she is terrified of roosters and runs like the wind whenever one looks at her. Weirdly, when she is broody she is friendly. She has hatched and raised chicks for me and was an excellent mother. She goes broody about 3 times a year and is hard to break.
Her best selling points are that she is stunningly beautiful, is a reliable broody, and lays a nice pinkish, large egg 4 to 5 times a week (when not broody).
All in all, I would buy langshan chicks if I had the chance.
Pros - Sweet, Elegant, the Great Dane of the chicken world
Cons - Broody! Get from a reputable line...not a hatchery.
I'm just getting back in to Langshans (thanks Rodriguez Poultry for the re-start!) after about 15 years away from them, but I wanted to share my experiences with the flock I had growing up...(Both times my birds were from the Beuford line.)
They are truly the "Gentle Giant" of the chicken world. I also have Great Danes, and these birds are so similar its not even funny! The roosters get very large and take a while to do so (they'll look goofy until about 2, and then they're stunning!) Hens develop pretty normally and are very distinguished and sweet-but they do get broody! Both sexes will be very large and stand tall (sometimes as tall as a turkey!) so you need to have nesting/roosting situations appropriately sized for them.
My Langshans lived in a mixed flock and never caused any trouble. They were calm and elegant, really the "kings" of my flock. No one messed with them because they were so big. They were kind to people and animals alike, and I did have to worry about predators eating them because they were so friendly. They honestly felt more like dogs because they preferred being with people than the other chickens.
I can't stress enough about getting Langshans from a show line, not a hatchery line. The hatchery Langshans often are more flighty and do not have the same body type or temperament. A well-bred Langshan rooster is one of the most beautiful sights to behold. I can't say enough about how much I love this breed!