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german spitzhauben chicks

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mstricer, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2009
    I need info on this breed from someone who is raising these funny little chicks. I want to build their coop and run to go along with their natural behaviors.
  2. TrixiePA

    TrixiePA Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    South Central PA
    Love these little chickadees... mine are 4 weeks and love to fly to the highest spot in the run. Even in the coop I find them on top of tall stuff.

    I'd def cover the run. At 4 weeks are great fliers.

    I wonder if they stay great fliers....

    Good Luck.
  3. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Mine are about 13 weeks old and they are still great fliers! They love to roost in trees or in the top beam of the coop as high as they can get. One night the coop door was accidentally closed at dusk and they roosted up on the power lines!!
  4. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2009
    So if you clip wings they will then jump to highest roost. I trying to decide palcement of a coop and run I have about 1 acre wooded lot and want to incorporate into run. do you think that would be good or bad plan?

    Mine are 6 weeks 1 roo 2 hens
  5. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    There is no such thing as German Spitzhauben chickens, Spitzhaubens are from Switzerland.

    I had some Appenzellers last year, got them from Ideal, flighty but none the less very interesting chickens. Sadly a Bobcat got all of mine last winter......

  6. spotsplus

    spotsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    Franklin, MA

    My Appenzeller Spitzenhouben are wonderful. I enjoy them quite a bit. I have 3- two pullets and a cockerel. All are sweet. I'll have to watch as they get older if they also will be seeking the highest spot in the coop [​IMG]

  7. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2008
    Cackle hatchery sells their appenzeller as German Spitzhaubens.

    I have had the birds for years. They are some what friendly, good layers and as chickens go they are intelligent birds. They like to fly as adults.

  8. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    Love them, love them, love them !
  9. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    We got our girl from Meyer's. She is pretty bright and a nice flier. As far as the basics on coop info go, if you are planning to keep them locked up (as in no or little free-range) I'd get a run and put some chicken wire on top of it. Spitz chickens like to roost in trees.

    They like to free-range, though. We give our flock partial free-range. When the time comes, I plan to clip her wings, though.

    Cruella De Vil is currently 10 weeks old. This is her as of last week.


  10. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2009
    I still want some... they crack me up! TOO cute.

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