Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chicken Breed Information, Characteristics, Temperament

Appenzeller-Spitzhauben-Chicken Breed

Last Updated on February 9, 2021 by Pauline G. Carter

Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chicken breed is from Appenzelle, Switzerland and is the national bird of this country. This chicken breed has two varieties – the Spitzhauben which means “pointed bonnet” and the Barthuhner which means “bearded hen”. Both are show breeds. Both varieties can decently lay small white eggs 5 times a week, and both have color variations of black, golden and silver spangled plumage. 

The Spitzhauben chicken breed has a V-comb while the Barthuhner has a rose comb. Both male and female Spitzhauben chickens have feather crests while Barthuhner has no crest. Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chicken is light with its hens averaging 1.6 kgs and roosters averaging 2 kgs.

Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chicken | Breed Profile

Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chicken
Country of origin:Switzerland
Weight:Small (4-5 lbs)
Recognized Varieties: Barthuhner, Black Spangled, Blue Spangled, Gold, Gold Spangled, Silver Spangled
Egg production (annual):120
Egg color:White
Egg size:Medium
Comb type:V-Shape Comb

Characteristics Of The Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chicken

Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chickens have white skins, have blue or slate legs. They are a beautiful breed because of their well-spread tail, full hackle, and hard and tight plumage. Their crest is tipped forward over their faces, and their well-rounded body is proportioned.

They possess dark brown eyes and have large nostrils. This chicken breed has neither beards nor muffs. They have long and fine wattles and have white and oval-shaped ear lobes. 

This chicken breed has a powerful beak, and their nostrils are large and deep. The fleshy knob at the front of their beak is noticeable, too. Appenzeller Spitzhauben is lightweight. The roosters averagely weigh about 2 kgs while the hens weigh at about 1.6 kgs.

With their beautiful looks, they can be for show and ornamental purposes. As for their rarity, they are available from most breeders.

Behavior/ Temperament/ Use:

Appenzeller Spitzhauben breed is suited for mountain life for they are very much acquainted with climbing. This chicken breed may be quiet and friendly in nature, but they do not like being confined. They are always active and love to roost in trees.

They also tend to look after themselves when it comes to eating. So they are an economical breed. They are not nervous or flighty. Their small wattles and combs make keep them from frost bites. 

Generally, this chicken breed’s temperament is friendly, calm, and docile. They do not like to be confined at all. This can cause them to be broody sometimes. When it comes to climate tolerance, they can live up to any type of weather. Their breed size is large while their eggs and productivity are medium.

Their varieties which are mostly found in the UK and the USA range from black, golden spangled and silver strangled.

What we Liked/Pros:

  • Economical. They tend to feed for themselves, especially when they are in the mountains.
  • Roosting in trees. We can save space for other poultry breeds.
  • No feathered legs. We can save time in cleaning them.
  • Readily available breed and has the well-proportioned round body.
  • Friendly, calm, active, and seldom broods.

What we Don’t Like/Cons:

  • Since these chickens like to roost in trees, they can be lost or be caught by hunters.


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