Hamburgs

Active, Flighty, Curious

Recognized Color Varieties

  • White

  • Black

  • Silver Spangled

  • Silver Penciled

  • Golden Spangled

  • Golden Penciled

Breed Traits

The beautiful plumage and color variations have made the Hamburg a popular bird for exhibition, however these birds were once known mostly for their ability to consistently produce eggs through all season and over many years. Hamburgs have a rose comb, round reddish bay eyes and white skin. They are a smaller breed with the hens weighing in at an average of 4 pounds and the roosters at 5 pounds. 

When the breed was first introduced to Britain it was believed the Hamburgs were a cross of pheasants and chickens because of their flighty and active nature. This still holds true as they are a breed that does not take confinement well, however, they are a curious, foraging breed that is a lively addition to any free range flock. Hamburgs do not tend to go broody.

Hamburgs are legendary for their year round production of small to medium white or lightly tinted eggs.  They also mature early at 4 to 5 months and will continue to lay consistently for years

Breed History

Hamburgs are an old breed originally developed in Holland and Germany sometime near the 14th century.  Although the breed has had many names throughout the centuries, such as “Everlayers”, Yorkshires, and Pheasant Fowl, the name Hamburg stuck because the best birds of the breed supposedly came from Hamburg. The original variations of the breed existed as Silver and Golden Penciled Hamburgs. In the mid 1700’s the breed showed up in England, where the breed was highly sought after due to its egg laying capability and it’s beautiful feathering.  In England the breed was developed further and the Black, White, Silver Spangled and Golden Spangled Breeds variations were first documented.  However, the breed became less popular in England but found new life in young America as a great egg layer.

Quick Facts

Peak Egg Production

Good: Approx 200

Egg Size

Medium to Large

Egg Color

White

Tolerant of Confinement

No

Cold Hardy

Yes

Heat Tolerant

Yes

Broody

No

American Poultry Association

Continental

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