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Westphalian Deathlayers (Westfälische Totleger)

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by slayden, May 10, 2010.

  1. slayden

    slayden Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2010
    Black Earth, WI
    Howdy folks!
    I was just wondering if anybody knows of a breeder that works with these chickens. Apparently they were once fairly common in northern Germany but I've never heard of anyone in America raising them. I think they are absolutely beautiful birds and I have to admit they have one of the all-time greatest breed names. Here's a link to the Feathersite page on these:


    Thanks so much for any information you guys have!
    Last edited: May 10, 2010
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
  3. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2008
    Groesbeek Netherlands
    They have one unique feature that is a DQ in other breeds. Don't know the exact english term, roachback (german Karpfenrücken, dutch karperrug)?
  4. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Never heard of them, [​IMG] this seems intersting
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida

    First breed of chicken that I've ever seen that looked like sea gulls...

  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    They closely resemble the hamburg
  7. aveca

    aveca Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    Waverly, NY
    There were a lot of old european breeds that never made it over our way and it would be almost impossible to import them now..but if you could find out what breeds it ook to create them , you might get close to creating them.

    some old time european breeds became extinct during the 1st and 2nd world wars . we started a post on this subject a while ago.

    One of the breeds we were talking about was the polet de bresie (sp) or blue footed chicken supposed to be the ultimate table bird , a breeder in calif, and a few in canada have them but absolutly will not sell. they are reserved for 4 star resturants. I think that was the name of the bird...it has been a while since we talked about it.Its just impossible to get one here.
  8. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2008
    Groesbeek Netherlands
    Quote:I just found out that the above is not true. It is true for another german breed.
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    They do resemble more of the Hamburgs but lovely feather patterns!

    Why they call them "Deathlayers"? Are their eggs poisonous? [​IMG]
  10. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    They look like Golden and Silver Campines to me with rose combs. Maybe "make" your own by crossing Campines to a rosecombed breed?

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