Introduced from China in mid-19th century. Major Croad introduced them to England & gave his name to an early variety of Langshans. In Europe & elsewhere, distinctions are made between Croad & Modern Langshans.
Characteristics: The Langshan Chicken is very cold hardy but slow to mature. It is available in black, white and blue colors. Well adaptable to confinement or free range; active for their size; graceful; not as calm or docile as other large breed.
- Standard Weights: Cock-8 pounds; hen-7-1/2 pounds; cockerel-7-1/2 pounds; pullet-5-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: Yellow
- Egg Shell Color: Dark Brown
- Use: Egg and Meat Producer
- Origin: China
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.