The Cream Legbar in a auto-sexing breed that resulted from a cross between the Brown Leghorn, Barred Plymouth Rock, and likely the Araucana, which allows this bird to lay a beautiful sky-blue egg.
In the first quarter of the 19th century, a plant collector named Clarence Elliott from Stow-in-the-Wolds in Gloucestershire returned from his travels in Patagonia, South America. He brought back three hens and a cockerel, but unfortunately the cockerel did not survive. These “blue egged-fowl of Chile” (Araucana) were also crested, and many were rumpless. Elliott’s remaining hens traveled to Cambridge University where Professor R.C. Punnett was studying poultry genetics and helped create the Cream Legbar.
The Cream Legbar belongs to a group of breeds known as Autosexing Breeds, which means that the offspring can be sexed on day one. Cockerels will have a small white dot behind their heads, while the pullets will have strong “chipmunk” markings.
We are very excited to have attained some juveniles that will be part of our little farm, with a look to Spring for hatching eggs and chicks! Stay tuned.
For more info on the Cream Legbar, you can read the Greenfire Farms website.