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Legbars

Legbars are prolific layers of pure blue eggs. They were imported to the US from the UK. There are 3 color varieties of Legbars - the Cream, Golden Crele, and the White. Sometimes you will see them for sale as "Cream Legbars" or "Crested Cream Legbars". The Crested part comes from their obvious crests, but why the differentiation? Why actually state that they are crested? According to the Standard of Perfection (SOP), all the Legbars in the US are required to be crested. This is not the case overseas where not all Legbars are crested, so some people started calling them "Crested Cream Legbars" to differentiate the US birds from the other Legbars out there. Although it was once used, crested is no longer part of the name.

Interestingly, a lot of birds that people are selling as "Cream Legbars" are actually Golden Crele Legbars. These birds have a gold, orange, or reddish tint to their neck feathers. These aren't Cream Legbars, but Crele Legbars. A lot of people don't realize that there is one breed, the Legbar breed, and 3 color varieties. People simply aren't advertising Legbars, or Crele Legbars, so they've gotten incorrectly lumped in under the Cream Legbar breed (but Cream isn't the breed - it's the variety). 


Breed

Legbar


Color Varieties

Cream, Golden Crele, and White


APA Accepted Breed

No, but currently in process.


Size
Light to medium weight. Hens are 5.5 lbs, roosters are 7lbs.  


Egg Production
Prolific. ### eggs per year.


Egg Size



Egg Color

Blue


First Egg

Legbars begin laying around # months old.


Productive Years

Legbars are productive for # years before a sharp decline in production.


Broody?
Yes, Legbars do go broody occasionally, though ours go broody frequently.


Free Range vs Confined

Legbars do exceptionally well free-ranging.


Autosexing

Yes, you can tell the sex of the chicks when they hatch. Males are much lighter than females.


Easy to Keep and Raise

Legbars are crested, friendly birds that lay lots of blue eggs. Chicks are auto-sexing (you can tell the boys from the girls at hatch). These are friendly birds that are good foragers and good mothers too.

Legbar Genetics

The Golden Crele is the base color and pattern for all the varieties. White has two copies of the recessive white gene c/c. 

Cream legbars are also gold, but they have two copies of the creme gene, also called the gold inhibitor gene ig/ig, so they show up as cream.


Other Legbar Genetics

e+/e+, s+/s+, Cr/Cr (crest) O/O (blue egg shell)

E Locus - chicken down/color pattern

e+ is the wild-type pattern and produces the back stripe and the eye stripe (sometimes called chipmunk), and gives the hens their salmon colored breast.


S Locus - Sex-Linked Silver Locus

s+ wild-type sex-linked gold gene.


Here is a list of traits you'll want to see in any Legbars you purchase. This list is from the Cream Legbar Club's Breed Guide.

 Trait
 Single Comb
 Crest
 Soft-feathered, light fowl, Cream Legbar "Type"
 Crele pattern - showing the presence of e+ and Bw or BB
 Yellow beak and legs
 White earlobes
 Was easily autosexed as a chick - produces autosexing chicks
 Was hatched from an egg with blue-egg genetics. Lays eggs showing blue egg genetics.

Links

Cream Legbar Club (USA) - This site has the standard of perfection as well as a wide variety of other information relating to the cream legbar. 

Chicken Genetics - This site has tons of information.