Legbar is a breed of chickens that many farmers and breeders have loved over the years. And although these chickens are not quite good chickens, but they are excellent layers - their annual increase is about 270 eggs. We will talk about them.
The Legbar breed of chickens appeared, among other things, in the diversity of laying hens about a hundred years ago. It was brought out by two English scientists Pennett and Pease and presented to the world for the first time at an exhibition in London in 1947. Then Legbar and received the status of a separate breed of domestic birds. Today they are very popular, especially in Europe. Birds are easy to maintain, they are not whimsical, have good immunity, are active if they walk in open space.
The main distinguishing feature of Legbar chickens is their blue eggs. Yes, yes, do not be surprised, they really have an interesting bluish tint. Because of the rounded shape, sometimes eggs also seem less familiar, but this is not the case, the smallest weight of such “products” is 60 grams. At the same time, the hens of this breed are impressive for their high egg production.
Legbar is meat and egg hens. They have sufficient height and weight (up to 3 kg), therefore they are perfectly used as layers. In appearance, they are neat, not coarse, with a pleasant silver-gray or cream-golden shade of feathers. Cocks have brighter and clearer stripes on their bodies. Also on the head Legbarov adorns the crest in the form of a crown, bright crests and light earrings. What is good - in the first days of the chickens' life one can be distinguished by color: where the males are and where the chickens are.
In addition to the beautiful appearance, the Legbar chickens have a fairly good health, calm character. On the range, they are active, mobile and can even fly. They begin to rush early - at 4-6 months and maintain high egg production up to two years.
Many people, when they first heard about a new breed of chickens, immediately try to recognize its progenitors. Such knowledge helps to better understand the direction of birds and their genetics. In relation to Legbar there are no secrets. English breeders Pennet and Pease conceived to bring a new breed of egg-laying chickens and crossed striped Plymouthrocks and golden Kempinsky roosters. However, the first result did not please them, and they continued their work. After a couple of years, they used in the selection of partridge Leggorn and striped Plymouth. Then after a while they managed to get a new highly productive chicken - Legbar.
As we have said, it is very easy to keep Legbar chickens. However, newcomers are advised to acquire already adult layers. Although they are more expensive than chickens, but they are less troubled with them. The main advantage - the breed is durable and rarely with good content is exposed to diseases and viruses. True, these active chickens make bad chickens; by their nature, they cannot sit in one place for a long time!
If the Legbars have enough space for walking and spend most of their time outside, they practically do not need additional dressings. The only negative is that chickens do not tolerate cold. Therefore, in order to maintain a high egg production rate in winter, the room must be heated and be warm.
And this breed is very friendly, birds are tame and love attention. If you give your pets enough time, they will surely delight you with cheerful singing and clucking. Legbar - a real decoration of the poultry farm.