Cream Legbar Breed Description
The Cream Legbar has Leghorn and Araucana genes in its breed profile 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. These chickens are an autosexing breed as from hatching these can be sexed by the colour of their down. The males are blurred paler colours with or without a defined pale headspot. The females are quite strongly chipmunk coloured with a stripe pattern down from head to tail.
Any birds with yellowish or gold in the colouration round the neck is also not in line with the defined British standard. 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 is not defined as a Cream Legbar 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.
These are a crested breed which is a feature of the Araucana in the genetic makeup. Many people call these Crested Cream Legbars. A bit of a misnomer because they are meant to be crested. There are no uncrested Cream Legbars ever. This is a pet peeve of mine. A Cream Legbar is a Cream Legbar.
Cream Legbars have rather a lot of Leghorn in them (clue is in the name – Leg). Leghorns are rather a skittish bird. Legbars are attentive but rather aloof. They like to be around when any treats are handed out but are not really fussed about being your best friend. They can be quite assertive flock members so choosing coop mates needs to avoid the more timid varieties.
These lovely hens are classed as large fowl – light.
Cream Legbar Egg
The egg is a blue colour in a good example and a good size being medium to large. Good examples of the breed and egg colour are not that easy to get hold of due to so many poor quality examples of Legbar around at the moment. 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.