Silver Krainekoppe Chicken
The Silver Krainekoppe Chicken is the German name/ Twentse is the Dutch for this breed originating in their shared border area in the 1920’s. Kraienkoppe chickens were bred from Malay; local crosses and later Silver Duckwing Leghorn they can be stroppy and very showy birds. Silver and Gold were the original colors but Blue Red and Blue Silver Duckwing are available in Europe.
Characteristics: They have a powerful expression with an upright, elegant stance, long back and strong head that has a small walnut comb. Their fiery eyes are set somewhat under overhanging brows. They are docile but flighty at times, much like the Leghorn. Unlike the Leghorn, they will set well and make attentive mothers. Aggressive foragers, their smaller combs make them winter hardy, while their petite size means they also handle summer heat well.
- Standard Weights: Cock-6 pounds; hen-4-1/2 pounds; cockerel-5 pounds; pullet-3-1/2 pounds.
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Egg Producer
- Origin: Holland
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.