At The Ark we currently only specialise in the Crested Cream Legbar pure breed. We sell their hatching eggs on a seasonal basis, which we carefully pack in special purpose made poly boxes, which keep them safe whilst going through the postal system. See hatching eggs page for details and prices.
Above are our new breeding pens. The birds are let out on a rotational basis to ensure that they get the maximum opportunity to free range in their own breeding sets. These pens are now bark chipped and are raked over regularly to ensure the optimum health and comfort of our birds. The bark chip is to be replaced every year in each pen to ensure that the pens stay free from disease.
CRESTED CREAM LEGBARS
Crested Cream Legbars are a medium sized traditionally bred bird.They were developed in the1930's by crossing a brown Leghorn, and an Araucana with a Barred Plymouth Rock.
They are impeccably tight feathered, sleek looking birds, which have beautiful coloured plumage
They can lay between 200 and 220 medium sized light blue egg per year. The cockerels are very attractive and hold themselves very proudly.
Our Cockrel "Roger" never misses a photo opportunity and if he spies you holding a camera, he will parade himself around you until he gets in the picture! (See if you can spot him on our Housing page).
They are one of a very few breeds which are auto sexing. This means that when the eggs hatch, the sex of the chicks can be determined from day one, by the colour of their down. The hens will have black stripes and the cocks will have a white spot on their head.
As they are originated from a Leghorn strain, they can be flighty, but as with any chicken, if they are handled enough, they can become very tame. They usually calm down alot once they mature and begin to fill out. The are very inquisitive birds and like to be around whenever anything is happening! The Crested Cream Legbar has yellow legs, yellow feet and yellow beaks.
The Crested Cream Legbar has yellow legs, yellow feet and yellow beaks.
In 2011 we added some more hens to our breeding stock of Crested Legbars, in order to bring in some more bloodlines. Our current breeding stock are unrelated to the cockerel, who we have aptly named "Roger".