|Conservation status||RBST (UK): at risk|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Weight||Male: 3.4 kg|
|Female: 2.7 kg|
|Egg color||Cream Legbar: blue or green
Legbar: white or cream
|PCGB||rare soft feather: light|
Gallus gallus domesticus
The Legbar is a British breed of auto-sexing chicken. It was created in the early twentieth century by Reginald Crundall Punnett and Michael Pease at the Genetical Institute of Cambridge University. It was created by cross-breeding Barred Rock with Brown Leghorns in order to transfer the barring gene to the Leghorn. In the Cream Legbar some Araucana blood is reflected in the crest and the blue or olive eggs that they lay.
The Legbar has three colour varieties, Gold, Silver and Cream. The Cream Legbar has a crest and lays blue, olive or green eggs. It is considered a rare breed by the Poultry Club of Great Britain, and falls under the Rare Poultry Society.
Male Legbar chicks have a pale dot on their head and have little or no eye barring. The female Cream Legbar chicks, the hens, have a dark brown or black stripe on their head which continues down the body with clear eye barring.
They lay 180+ eggs per year, probably due to their Leghorn ancestry.
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