Breed standards for Langshans

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Cherokeerainbow, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. Cherokeerainbow

    Cherokeerainbow Songster

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    Anyone know what traits I should look for? Comb size? feathering? When (age)do Roo's completely grow all their feathers?
    I assume a "production quality" bird is not fit for show, but does that mean I shouldn't breed him if I raise langshan hens?
    I found a few sites for info. mostly history stuff so far...
    Thanks!
     
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Here is the breed standard for the Langshan..

    LANGSHAN STANDARD FROM THE AMERICAN STANDARD OF PERFECTION 1998 INCLUDES LARGE FOWL AND BANTAM, COLORS IN BLACK, BLUE AND WHITE.
    HISTORY
    The Black Langshan originated in China, where it has been bred over a very long period of years. Its prepotent reproductive qualities indicate it to be a pure race of domesticated poultry. Black Langshans were imported from China into England by the late Major Croad, so there is a class of "Croad Langshans" in the English Standard. They became a Standard variety in this country in 1883. White Langshans were admitted to the Standard in 1893 and Blue Langshans were admitted to the Standard in 1986.

    Langshans are the dual purpose fowls of the Asiatic Class, being smaller than the Brahma and Cochin and more active. The male develops a large, well-spread tail with feathers of great length the sickles often attaining a length of sixteen or seventeen inches.
    The closely-fitting saddle feathers, fully-hackled neck and upright carriage give the effect of a short back. The surface plumage throughout is cloase and smooth. The body in both
    sexes should be eenly balanced on firm, straight legs, with very little backward bend at the hocks. The height of the Langshan should be gained by depth of body and erectness of carriage, and not from what may be described as stiltiness of legs. Close-standing hocks and narrowness of body are highly objectionable.

    ECONOMIC QUALITIES
    General purpose fowl for production of meat and eggs. Color of skin: white. Color of egg shells: very dark brown.
    DISQUALIFICATIONS(these apply to 3 colors of Langshans)
    Shanks not feathered down the outer sides, feathers not growing on the outer toes beyond the middle joint; vulture-like hocks; yellow skin; bottoms of feet, yellow in any part. (See General Disqualifications and Cutting for Defects).
    STANDARD WEIGHTS
    Cock...............9 1/2 pounds Hen.............7 1/2 pounds
    Cockerel.........8 pounds Pullet..........6 1/2 pounds
    SHAPE --- MALE
    COMB: Single; of medium size, straight, upright, having five points, evenly serrated, notconforming closely to neck, fine in texture.
    BEAK: Stout at base, well curved.
    FACE: Smooth, fine in texture.
    EYES: Moderately large, round.
    WATTLES: Moderately large, round.
    EAR-LOBES: Oblong, well-developed.
    HEAD: Medium in size, rather broad.
    NECK: Good length, well-arched.
    HACKLE: Abundant, flowing well over shoulders.
    BACK: Short, broad, flat at shoulders, rising from middle of back in a decidedly sharp concave sweep to tail.
    SADDLE FEATHERS: Abundant, flowing over sides.
    TAIL: Long, large, full, well-spread at base, carried at an angle of seventy-five degrees (75deg)above horizontal.
    MAIN TAIL FEATHERS: Broad and overlapping.
    SICKLES: Long, extending decidely beyond the tail.
    COVERTS: Long, longer the better.
    WINGS: Medium size, well-folded, carried closely to body without drooping. Primariesand Secondaries - broad and overlapping in natural order when wing is folded.
    BREAST: Broad, round, deep.
    BODY AND FLUFF: Body - rather broad and deep in front of thighs. Fluff - moderately full; not so abundant as to hide profile of hocks.
    LEGS AND TOES: Legs set well apart and straight when viewed from front. Lower thighs - moderately long, strong, well feathered. Shanks - moderately long, stout in bone,straight; feathered down outer sides. Toes - Four on each foot; long, straight, slender; outer toes feathered to the end; middle toes, free from feathers.
    SHAPE --- FEMALE
    COMB: Single; smaller than that of male, straight, upright, having five points, evenly serrated, fine in texture.
    BEAK: Stout at base, well curved.
    FACE: Smooth, fine in texture.
    EYES: Moderately large, round.
    WATTLES: Fairly developed, well-rounded; fine in texture.
    EAR-LOBES: Oblong, well-developed.
    HEAD: Medium in size, rather broad.
    NECK: Good length, well-arched.
    BACK: Medium in lenght, broad, flat at shoulders, rising from middle of back in a sharp concave sweep ending well up on tail.
    TAIL: Rather long, well spread at base, carried at an angle of seventy degrees (70deg) above horizontal; carried well above and beyond the cushion and furnished with long coverts.
    MAIN TAIL FEATHERS: Broad and overlapping.
    WINGS: Good size, well-folded, carried closely to body without drooping. Primariesand Secondaries - broad and overlapping in natural order when wing is folded.
    BREAST: Broad, round, deep.
    BODY AND FLUFF: Body - broad, deep well balanced. Fluff - moderately full; not so abundant as to hide profile of hocks.
    LEGS AND TOES: Legs set well apart and straight when viewed from front. Lower thighs - moderately long, well covered with soft feathers. Shanks - moderately long, stout in bone,straight; feathered down outer sides. Toes - Four on each foot; long, straight, slender; outer toes feathered to the end; middle toes, free from feathers.

    You can try this site..
    http://www.geocities.com/langshan_99/AMERICAN_LANGSHAN_CLUB.html

    Chris
     
  3. Cherokeerainbow

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    Thank you so very much! I looked and looked for this info.
    It's just wonderful to have so many knowledgeable ppl in one place.
    Thanks again for your help, this means alot to me. [​IMG]
     

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