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I started showing my Legbars in 2015 and I will continue to breed and show birds moving forward. With three closed breeding groups for 2016 the future looks very promising.
Cream Legbars were first developed in the 1930's in Cambridge by crossing Brown Leghorns, Barred Plymouth Rocks and Araucanas (for the egg colour). They are currently classed as a rare breed and are covered by the Rare Poultry Society, however this is likely to change in 2016 with the recent decision to reform the Autosexing Breeds Association (ABA). They were originally called Crested Cream Legbars but this was later change to Cream Legbar. They are a productive breed laying on average 180+ eggs per year.
Egg Colour: Blue, Green or Olive
Carriage : Very sprightly and alert, with no suggestion of stiltiness.
Body wedge shaped, wide at the shoulders and narrowing slightly to root of tail. Back long, flat and sloping slightly to the tail. Breast prominent, and breast bone straight. Wings large, carried tightly and well tucked up. Tail moderately full at an angle of 45 degrees from the line of the back.
Neck: Long and profusely covered with feathers.
Legs and Feet: Legs moderately long. Shanks strong, round and free of feathers. Flat shins objectionable. Toes, four, long, straight and well spread.
Plumage: Of silky texture, free from coarse or excessive feather.
Handling: Firm with abundance of muscle.
The general characteristics are similar to those of the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences, except that the comb may be erect or falling gracefully over either side of the face without obstructing the eyesight, and the tail should be carried closely and not at such a high angle.
Male: Neck hackles cream, sparsely barred. Saddle hackles cream, barred with dark grey, tipped with cream. Back and shoulders cream with dark grey barring, some chestnut permissible. Wings, primaries dark grey, faintly barred, some white permissible; secondaries dark grey more clearly marked; coverts grey barred, tips cream, some chestnut smudges permissible. Breast evenly barred dark grey, well defined outline. Tail evenly barred grey, sickles being paler, some white feather permissible. Crest cream and grey, some chestnut permissible.
Female: Neck hackles cream, softly barred grey. Breast salmon, well defined in outline. Body silver grey, with rather indistinct broad soft barring. Wings, primaries grey-peppered; secondaries very faintly barred; coverts silver grey. Tail silver grey, faintly barred. Crest cream and grey, some chestnut permissible.
In both sexes: Beak yellow. Eyes orange or red. Comb, face, and wattles red. Ear-lobes pure opaque, white or cream, slight pink markings not unduly to handicap an otherwise good male. Legs and feet yellow.
Weights: Male 2.70-3.40kg (6-7lb)Female 2-2.70kg (4-6lb)
Serious defects:Male's comb twisted or falling over, Ear-lobes wholly red. Any white in face. Legs other than orange, yellow or light willow. Squirrel tail.
Disqualifications:Side sprigs on comb. Eye pupil other than round and clearly defined. Crooked breast. Wry tail. Any bodily deformity.
Scale of points:
Chick down colour:
Female: silver grey type. The stripe should be very dark brown, extending over the head, neck and rump. The edges of the stripe should be clearly defined, not blurred and blending with the ground colour - the sharper the contrast, especially over the rump, the better. The stripe should be broad; a narrow or discontinuous stripe should be avoided. A light head patch should be visable, clearly defined in outline, showing up brightly against the dark background.
Male: The down is much paler in tint, the pattern being blurred and washed out from head to rump; it may best be described as pale silvery-slate.