German bloodlines of New Hampshire Chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by janchilds, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. janchilds

    janchilds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2011
    I posted to the breed Yahoo group but haven't gotten much feedback and you guys are always so great at answering questions.

    What is the difference between the American (or other) bloodlines and the German bloodlines in the New Hampshire breed? Are they bigger/smaller, broader/leaner... what? I see them being advertised specifically when they are German, so I am guessing there is something a bit different.

  2. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 30, 2010
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    In the German poultry of Welsummers and Faverolles (the breeds I know) are a bit darker in plumage and they can either go bigger or smaller than the American version.

    Honestly what I see in the German NH, they look a bit refined and not as "bright" as the chestnut red like the American version. Are the Germans better than the American version? Not really but for an American breed, I would definately go "American" because the NH Reds originated in America. I am guessing sometime later down the line, the Germans exported our NH to their homeland.

    Either way, you really don't have much to lose! Try both and see which one fits your bill.
  4. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    The German birds are darker than the American birds. The German birds that I have are much better "type" than any American ones I have seen (admittedly, I have not seen alot of them). Personally, I prefer the German birds.
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:After the war with Germany, as part of the reconstruction effort, the USA sent New Hampshires and AMRocks, etc, to Germany. Ya see, during the war, the soldiers (Americans and Germans) and Germans literally ate most all of the poultry in Germany, just to survive. In the USA, the New Hampshires fell to a critically low level of specimens. Americans sorta let go of the dual purpose breeds, in favor of the quick growing Cornish Cross.

    The Germans loved the New Hampshires, and still do today, as I understand it. They continue to breed them. It has been said that the Germans have the best New Hampshires there are. An American got some of the German New Hampshires a while back. Apparently, if I understand it correctly, the German New Hampshires are a bit darker than our standard calls for, and the black tips on the hackles of the females is not prominent enough. Crossing with American bred birds has shown worth while.
  6. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2011
    Midlands, South Carolina
    Quote:They are the correct weight and size. Genetically they are a little different in color. They are not perfect, but they are the best I have been able to get my hands on. There are some things that I would like to see improved in my birds, but I am very happy with them. I hope they have stirred some interest in the breed as they have the strain. Good New Hampshires are rare enough to make this strain significant.

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