Cream Legbar

The Cream Legbar has Leghorn and Araucana genes in his ancestry. The Leghorn part makes for the aloof nature. Some of the Legbars can be quite friendly but as with all chickens, personality is definitely down to the individual. From hatching these can be sexed by the colour of their down. The males are blurred paler colours with or without a headspot. The females are quite strongly chipmunk coloured with a stripe pattern down from head to tail. A good quality Cream Legbar should lay a good sized blue egg. Any that don’t are not a pure Cream Legbar. Too much gold in the colouration is also not in line with the British standard for Cream Legbars. Unfortunately due to the craze for blue eggs, there are many many breeders without any care for the correct genetics producing Cream Legbar-like birds that are not actually Cream Legbars. The Cotswold Legbar is a Legbar but breeds true and is more gold and salmon coloured than your traditional Cream Legbar. The Cotswold Legbars are brilliant birds also and lay a blue or green egg. Any Legbars that lay an olive egg have been crossed out to a brown egg layer which muddies the blue egg genes. Cream Legbars are a crested breed which is a feature of the Araucana in the genetic makeup. The blue or green egg genes mean that the shell is produced differently in that the colour is actually in the shell itself as it is created further up in the egg manufacturing process. Other chickens add the colour lastly which you can almost think of as a paint applied just before the egg is actually laid. The inside of brown eggshells are white, the inside of the shell of blue eggs is blue. The egg itself when on your plate is no different to any other egg.