Langshan

Average User Rating:
4.5/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Brown
    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:
    Asiatic
    The Black Langshan originated in China where it is thought to have been made a pure breed. Black Langshans were originally imported into England by Major Croad who has since had his name incorporated into a particular variety of Langshan called the "Croad Langshan." In the UK there are two types of Langshans, the "Croad" and the "German" varieties. The German variety lacks feathering down the shanks and toes. The German variety is not accepted by the APA therefore all Langshans available in the US are "Croad". The Langshan is considered the dual-purpose breed of the Asiatic class thanks to a smaller body size than the Brahma or Cochin and an increased laying ability as well as carcass weight. The males of this breed may grow a very large tail that is held erect rather than parallel to the ground. The tail may attain lengths of sixteen inches or more and is very impressive when fully developed. The hackle and saddle feathers are held close to the body and these attributes give the impression of a very short back. The most desirable Langshans have a very defined "U" shape to their backs.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Brown

    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 Details:
    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.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. SnowChik
    5/5,
    "Gentle Giants!"
    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!
    Overall:
    5
  2. Free Feather
    5/5,
    "Gentle and Smart."
    Pros - Very beautiful, boys are gentle with hens, nice to people, smart.
    Cons - Size could be bad for people who have a setup for small or medium chickens.
    I have a black Langshan rooster that was supposed to be an australorp. He is very sweet and gentle with the girls and other roosters. I do not know about laying or broodiness because I only have a boy. He scares people with his intimidating size and dark eyes, but he is a big baby. He is gorgeous with a very deep crow.
    Overall:
    5
  3. JensChickies
    4/5,
    "Love my Langshans!"
    Pros - Quite, docile, good layers
    Cons - Can't think of any
    I love my Langshans. I tried giving them 5 stars, but my ipad will only let me do 4.5. This breed will always be apart of my flock. My langshans are good layers and are very friendly to people (and kids). Mine have not gone broody yet, but I have read that they can. They are perfect for a backyard flock since they are a very quiet bird. Great bird.
    Overall:
    4.5

User Comments

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  1. hellbender
    Ah, I look a little closer...The review was posted 7/25/12 and you seemed to have purchased the bird(s) 7/24/12.

    What divine insight you must have to be able to foresee such remarkable details!

    I am mystified. Thank you again.
  2. hellbender
    Almost poetic. Ode to the pedestrian in us all. very good review...Thank you for such a wonderful read!

    Oh...one can't help but wonder about the 'price paid'. Just how many fowl did you get for that amount?

    Thanks again.
  3. hellbender
    My opinion? You have the right bird in your avatar for any coming 'apocalypse'. Excellent layers of large to extra large eggs and will go broody in a heart beat. lol

    Keep the Naked Necks, buy a 15 or 25 Austra-Whites to cross for hybrid vigor and you'd be set for 50 years, living off the grid. As always...simply my humble opinion.
  4. NotSuperWoman
    Forrest was my neighbor when I was growing up. Sadly I was not interested in chickens until now. He was a very good man and good neighbor and he was a large asset to the community.
  5. Gramma Chick
    I am sorry to hear you lost your Roo..
  6. Extra Java
    LOVE IT!!! Excellent review!
  7. carolyn28
    Sooo, where did you get yor whites? I am trying to find more of them but they are so hard to locate. Any help is appreciated-we LOVE our White Lanshans, definitely one of our favorite chickens-and we have a lot of varieties.
  8. rodriguezpoultry
    Did they ship eggs overseas to you? I tried to see where they said the birds were imported from overseas and couldn't find it on the website? Their Partridge Wyandottes are pretty. Thanks for giving others a lead!
  9. astra-nomical
    Just type in www.pawheadpoultry.com I should not have put the farm in the name. I left the link for you. Really friendly and know his stuff too.
  10. rodriguezpoultry
    I tried to google the name and the website did not come up?

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