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The Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chicken Breed

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The Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chicken breed originated in the Appenzell region of Switzerland, hence the name! They were name because of the hats the ladies in that region wore. They had big top tufts on the hats and the hens and roosters match! Spitzhauben means “Pointed Hood” like the ladies hats from that area and the combs on these chickens. These are bred in three colors, black, golden spangled and silver spangled plumage. The Silver Spangle is the most common color in North America.

These beautiful and fragile looking Appenzeller Spitzhauben chickens are basically bred for ornamental and show purposes. These chickens are not good birds for confinement. They do not do well when confined and it is not recommended. They are flighty and love to be outside and will roost in trees if allowed. They are very good foragers and are very active and alert! With their light and soft feathers they a very neat and attractive bird!

The weight of these Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chickens:

  • Rooster: 4.5lb
  • Hen: 3.5lb.

Appenzeller Spitzhauben

The Characteristics of: Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chickens

  • Egg production: Fair to good, 3 medium sized white eggs a week.
  • Winter Hardy: Yes
  • Docile: Not especially
  • Broody: No
  • Bears Confinement: No

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The photo of the Appenzeller Chickens above was © 1 June 2004,

By Alice Wilkman through the Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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