Legbar

General Information

Breed Purpose
Dual Purpose
Comb
Single
Broodiness
Seldom
Egg Productivity
Medium
Egg Size
Medium
Egg Color
blue
Breed Temperament
moderate
Breed Size
Large Fowl
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The Legbar breed was the second autosexing chicken breed created in the early twentieth century by Reginald Crundall Punnett and Michael Pease at the Genetical Institute ofCambridge University (the other being the Cambar, which was created in 1929). The Legbar was created by crossing Barred Plymouth Rocks, Leghorns, Cambars, and in the case of the Cream Legbar, Araucanas. The Araucana blood in the Cream Legbar is reflected in its crest and blue to blue-green eggs.

The aim of the breeding project was to create an autosexing utility breed with the focus on egg laying, where male and female day old chicks could easily be sexed by their down colour. To achieve this Punnet and Pease used a crossing programme with excellent egg layers, the Leghorn and the Barred Plymouth Rock. The Barred Plymouth Rock was used to introduce the sex-linked barring gene ('barring' (B)) into the Leghorn. By crossing Brown Leghorn and Barred Plymouth Rock the Gold Legbar was created and standardised in 1945. The Silver Legbar followed in 1951. It had been created by crossing the Gold Legbar, White Leghorn and Silver Cambar. The Cream Legbar were standardised in 1958 but nearly died out in the 1970's as blue eggs were not in demand any more. They were created by crossing Gold Legbar with White Leghorn and creme-coloured Araucanas. The Araucanas introduced the dilute creme gene ('inhibitor of gold' (ig)), as well as the crest and the blue eggs into this variety.

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Legbar egg

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Legbar chicks

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Legbar juveniles

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Legbar hen

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Legbar rooster

For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1163832/chicken-breed-focus-legbar/0_30
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Pros: Pretty
Sweet
Blue eggs
Cons: N/a
Got a pair of these as my starter flock, and am actively working to expand it. The Legbar is just the sweetest little bird! They stay nearby when foraging, lay blue eggs (which was my selling point), and are auto-sexing. I personally think they have the best-tasting eggs of all the eggs I have tried.
Purchase Price
15
Purchase Date
2017

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Pros: Friendly, Free Range Well.
Cons: Don’t lay in the winter.
I really like this breed. I got mine from a breeder. They are the silver color not the brown.

They lay very pretty blue and blue green eggs. There are the friendliest birds I have. Very sweet little personalities. Cute little crest. The rooster is a great watcher of the flock but very friendly to people.
Purchase Price
$10
Purchase Date
10/1/17

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Pros: Calm, tame, easily handled, good forager
Cons: Picked on in a mixed flock
I have had two cream legbar hens and currently have only one. Both were at the bottom of the pecking order. They are so sweet. Floppy has slept out of the coop/run a few times as she disappeared and didn't return until the next morning. We live next to wooded areas and I know there are predators around but she always returned so I would say she is savvy. I would love to have more legbars.
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Purchase Price
Gift
Purchase Date
More than a year

Comments

I don't get it. I understand the Legbar part of the name but what does "cream" have to do with it? The bird looks blue/gray and the eggs are blue?
Thanks for clearing this up.
Best,
Karen
 
My husband was hoping for a blue egg-layer but our legbar egg hatched and it was a roo. So even though we have 5 hens and 9 chicks (5 of which are pullets) to keep our family of 4 in eggs, when I found some legbars for sale on Craigslist (fairly locally), I replied at once. Luckily I just made sure it was fine with my husband before I brought home MORE chicks, and he said yes. He's excited to get blue egg-layers too. We are so excited and this review makes me even more excited. Your birds are beautiful and I'm glad they're docile, as the children will probably hold them a lot. Our CLB roo is VERY handle-able and sweet. I look forward to having CLBs.
 
We just did the same thing to coax my Speckled Sussex out of her broodiness. She sat day after day in that nestbox, and day after day I'd pull her out and try to get her to stay out in the run with the other girls, but she'd just go back. So I got 1/2 dozen hatching eggs and placed them under her as I had heard that once a broody hatches she'll get over the broodiness. She took right to it! 4 out of the 6 hatched this past weekend! She was a great mom, well until we took the chicks out of the box and put them in a brooder snce we will be finding other homes for those(and there was no way to block them off from the other hens in the coop) Next day she was back to her old bossy self, stutting around in the run. Since you will be keeping yours, you may want to make a small temp area for her so that once they hatch she will be able to care for the chicks, away from the other hens.
 
Don't worry a bit about the babies. I let a tiny bantam mama hatch 3 eggs and she was (is) the best mama, flys up into the face of any big chicken she thinks is a threat to her babies. They all steer clear of her and her brood, letting the chicks eat in peace. It is so much easier to let the mama do all the work and fun to watch the dynamics involved.
I have one crested cream legbar. She's supposed to lay blue-green eggs. At first she wanted to roost in the trees so every nite I would wait til she was settled then pull her down and put her in the hen house on a roost. I don't remember how long it took but she eventually got the idea. That was the only issue with the flying. She should be laying soon I hope. My Ameraucanas eggs are so pale, you can hardly tell they are blue anymore. the legbars will be a nice color.
 
I got better hatching rate with the incubator then by our hens. The hen tend to poop on top of the egg so some don't hatch. If you have the incubator, just hatch in the incubator and then introduce 2-3 days old chicks to the mother hen at night.
 

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