Langshan

Average User Rating:
4.47368/5,
  • 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
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    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 ā€œUā€ 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.

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    Langshan eggs

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    Langshan chicks

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    Langshan juvenile

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    Langshan hen

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    Langshan rooster

    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/
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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. janiedoe
    4/5,
    "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.
    Purchase Price:
    $20
    Purchase Date:
    2017
  2. 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
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  3. 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
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User Comments

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  1. Chook to chook
    We have a splash langshan that is easily our most beautiful bird. She is not particularly friendly but is rather easily handled when she goes broody. To be fair, we purchased her as an adult and suspect she wasn't handled much like the majority of our girls so the contrast is somewhat stark. We have a particularly friendly flock mostly due to our boys handling our chicks ALOT and my hand feeding them. It's like a mini stampede when we call. That being said, her eggs are large and lovely and she adds a regal flair to our flock.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Gramma Chick
    I am sorry to hear you lost your Roo..
  7. Extra Java
    LOVE IT!!! Excellent review!
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.

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