We are taking pre-orders on hatching eggs for 2020. Please see our breed list for availability.
Jill Rees / Greenfire Farms line mix (see description below)
(auto-sex chicks) $6 egg/$72 doz.
For 2020 we will no longer be selling Cream Legbar chicks to customers as we have decided to go with a no kill policy for sex linked chicks.
However, we will be selling their hatching eggs. They are still one of our top layers of beautiful large size blue eggs and we want them on our chicken coop!
Cream Legbars can be slow to grow and mature compared to larger breeds such as Australorps, Orpingtons or Wyandottes. We raise them with smaller birds when they are growing and maturing such as Ameraucanas as small frame birds may get pushed around by larger breed pullets or cockerels. As an adult bird they do just fine in a mixed breed environment and they are one of our best layers too.
Crested Cream Legbar Pullets and Cock
First Place- Interior Provincial Exhibition 2018 for Large Eggs
Our first trio that we purchased four years ago impressed us and since then we have fallen in love with this most popular auto-sexing breed in the world! We have combined four unrelated lines from BC, SK, MB and QC of this auto-sexing breed, which includes both the crested Jill Reeves line for their crest/colouration and the non-crested variety for their size and large bright blue eggs. Most of our Cream Legbar chicks have crests but the odd pullet does not develop a crest. We work to improve each generation by selecting stock that have the best crest, comb, size, body confirmation, vitality and large blue eggs.
Auto-sexing chicken breeds like the Cream Legbar hatch visually sexable chicks generation after generation. Cream Legbar males are identified at hatching by a white cream spot on their heads, while females have chipmunk stripes. We have found this breed to be easy going, alert and excellent layers. Our Legbars produce an egg size that compares nicely to other larger breeds, which is very impressive for their size.
They are a medium-sized fowl that are known for their active foraging and ability to survive in a free-range environment. The roosters are vigilant and protective of the hens. They also surprised me with they friendly nature and non-aggressive attitude with the other members of our mixed flock. The hens are inquisitive, rarely broody and they handle confinement well.
They were developed in Britain in the 1930′ by Dr. Reginald Punett and are quite popular in the United Kingdom, yet practically unknown in the United States. The Cream Legbar is a cross between Barred Plymouth Rocks and Brown Leghorns, with some Araucana and Gold Campine genes. The Araucana genes give the Cream Legbar its funny little crest and the blue eggs; the Leghorn contributed its excellent egg production; the Barred Plymouth Rock genes contribute the ability to easily tell roosters from hens when the chicks hatch.
Cream Legbars received a written standard by the Poultry Club of Great Britain in 1958. They nearly died out in the seventies, but made a come back due to a renewed interest in blue egg layers. The American Poultry Association (APA) does not yet formally recognize the Cream Legbar breed.
This breed is still fairly new to poultry owners in America. It was as recent as 2010 that Greenfire Farms began to import this breeding stock. The Cream Legbar Club was established in 2012 in the United States to preserve and promote the breed in the USA, and hopes to get the breed eventually recognized. They are considered a rare breed and they are covered by the Rare Poultry Society. They are known to lay between 180 – 260 eggs per year. Classification: Light, Egg Colour: Blue Weights: Roosters 6-7 lbs , Hens 4-6 lbs. Status: Rare
Crested Cream Legbar Pullets
a non-crested Cream Legbar Hen