Cream, Golden Crele, and White
APA Accepted Breed
No, but currently in process.
Light to medium weight. Hens are 5.5 lbs, roosters are 7lbs.
Prolific. ### eggs per year.
Legbars begin laying around # months old.
Legbars are productive for # years before a sharp decline in production.
Yes, Legbars do go broody occasionally, though ours go broody frequently.
Free Range vs Confined
Legbars do exceptionally well free-ranging.
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.
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.
Soft-feathered, light fowl, Cream Legbar "Type"
Crele pattern - showing the presence of e+ and Bw or BB
Yellow beak and legs
Was easily autosexed as a chick - produces autosexing chicks
Was hatched from an egg with blue-egg genetics. Lays eggs showing blue egg genetics.