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Large Fowl

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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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
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.
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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.
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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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We loved that we knew we weren't getting a roo and were super excited about the blue eggs that were to come however, they seem to be a more sea foam greenish. She's a great layer but not the nicest bird. She's a bit skittish and a bully with the other girls from time to time. She won't put up much of a fight once caught but she'd prefer to be nearby at arms length. They were right about her being an excellent forager though. Her crest makes her distinguishable in our flock.
I Have 5 Lavender Legbar Pullets and 2 Lavender Cockerels. I can't wait to see them when they are 4-5 Months old they are 5 weeks old.

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