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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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!
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.
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.
Pros - Good mothers, stomps snakes, great colour, cold-hardy
I have one of these and he's awesome! He stomped a garter snake in the yard! I love his nice even blue colour. His name is Cobra King. He's SOOOOO awesome!
Pros - So sweet, pretty, fluffy, and AMAZING!
Cons - Develop slower, a little jumpy
I love my baby Happy Feet! She's my fluffy little girl! Yes she developed slower, but it just makes her all the more innocent She's super sweet and a little jumpy, she lets me hold her and pet her but when I put her down she's eager to wiggle and jump out LOL! Love her!!!
does anyone know why my hens may have stopped laying they were broody but the chicks are now 15 weeks old but the moms have not began to lay yet, when before they were broody they layed daily, all our other hens are laying
Pros - Awesome so far
Cons - none
I hope all of my Langsahn Will be all Hens I just Love them so cute
Pros - Handsome, mellow, big.
Cons - Kind of a loner, not sure how protective he would be...
My Langshan has become my favorite rooster by far. He is almost a year old, very mellow, and I can't say as I've ever heard him crow. He is by far the most handsome rooster I have had. I like this guy and would give him away before eating him. If I didn't have other chicken objectives (raising Dominiques or Welsummers for the apocalypse) I would seriously consider just raising and breeding Langshans.
Pros - Stately, kind, and quietly in control
Cons - Rare and hard to find (whites)
Langshans are one of our favorite breeds. Large and quiet, the hens are sweetie pies and our roosters have always been the gentler birds in our flocks. We call our roosters hero-birds because they will not back down to predators while other roosters hide and cower. We had our champion Langshan rooster take on a bald eagle that had flown into the coop! Of course he was no match and it was a good thing I ran out there with a broom, waving it in the air, but his courage was commendable.
I just wish I could find quality birds to create a good flock after losing our champion rooster.
They would get a full five stars if there were more birds available to breeders.
Pros - Gentle and very impressive appearance
Cons - not the best egg and meat birds
I really like the way these birds look. I had some and marveled at their blood read combs and wattles and the contrast with the jet black feathers. The males get large, black sickle feathers that have iridescent highlights. Awesome. I had a cock that had spurs on his legs as big as your ring finger, that would scare you. Tall bird that looked ferocious, but was tame as a "pussy cat". Good show birds, but I wouldn't want a flock for egg or meat production.