The Cream Legbar chicken is a rare British autosexing breed. It was created by Reginald Crundall Punnett and Michael Pease in the early twentieth century at the Genetical Institue of Cambridge University. It was developed by cross-breeding the Gold Legbar with White Leghorn and creme-colored Araucanas chicken. The Araucanas introduced the dilute creme gene (‘inhibitor of gold’) as well as the crest and the blue eggs into the variety. It was standardized in 1958 but nearly died out in the 1970’s as blue eggs were not in demand. Chicks can be sexed upon hatching by the down color and the pattern they form. They are both cold and heat hardy bird with an active, very curious, and charming personality. For a list of the best blue egg layers visit Cackle Hatchery’s Best Blue Egg Layers Blog.
The male has cream barred neck hackles and the saddle hackles are cream barred with dark grey and have cream tips. The back and the shoulders are mostly cream barred with dark grey. The wings have dark grey barred primaries and secondaries with cream tips. The breast and tail are barred dark grey and the crest is cream and grey. The female has softly barred cream neck hackles. The breast is almost salmon-colored while the body is silver-grey with broad barring. The wings are speckled with grey and the tail is silvery grey with light barring.
“Cackle Hatchery’s current breeding program includes the “Cream” and “Golden Crele” colors within our flock. Offspring will include both and percentage of each will vary.”