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Chicken Breed Focus - Kraienköppe

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The Kraienköppe breed was created on the border between Germany and The Netherlands and are thought to have been created from crosses between Malays, Leghorns and local farmyard fowl in the early part of the 19th century. They are even-tempered, usually friendly birds, very active foragers that thrive if kept in an free range environment and the hens are excellent and frequent broodies, as well as good egg layers. Classified as a rare breed nowadays, the breed is not yet accepted by the APA, but is popular as show breed in Europe, having been first shown in the Netherlands in 1920, and in Germany in 1925.


    Details:

    Purpose: Egg laying; Exhibition
    Weight: Male - 6 lbs; Female - 4 lbs
    Origin: Germany-Holland border region

    Egg Production: ±200 eggs annually
    Egg Colour: Off-white
    Colours/Varieties: Black breasted red; Silver

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    BYC Breed Reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/kraienk-ppe

    BYC Breed Discussion:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/634496/kraienkoeppe-thread/0_30


    Do you own Kraienköppe? Are you a Kraienköppe breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
  2. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Those bright yellow legs are amazing!

    No one here has any of these?
     
  3. chickspea

    chickspea Out Of The Brooder

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    I love the coloration of my rooster.
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    I've got two hens and my rooster.. They are so different from the rest of the flock with their long legs and neck :).
     
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  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Very colorful!
     
  5. Abesinger

    Abesinger Out Of The Brooder

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    Very cool!
     
  6. wingedshade

    wingedshade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are really neat! I love the strikingly yellow legs.
     
  7. eagrbeavr

    eagrbeavr Chillin' With My Peeps

    What a beautiful bird
     
  8. chickspea

    chickspea Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you Abesinger, Wingedshade and Eagrbeavr!
    His name is Pharaoh, his colors just reminded me somehow of them :).

    Here is his lady, or at least one of them. Pardon her feet, they are among the best foragers in the flock, and the mud hides the color :).
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  9. eagrbeavr

    eagrbeavr Chillin' With My Peeps

    She's quite pretty too, despite the mud. Didnt even notice.
     

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