The Spitzhauben Chicken also known as Appenzeller Spitzhauben, originated in Switzerland is their national bird. This chicken is very rare to the United States and not yet admitted to the American Standard of Perfection.
Characteristics: An active, ornamental bird that actually flies fairly well for a chicken. Originally bred for steep mountainous terrain, they are good climbers and foragers. Like to roost in trees especially during cold snaps. Boast a single pointed hood, with feathers defined as crazy in a “Cruella de Vil” sort of way.
- Standard Weights: Cock-6-1/2 pounds; hen-5 pounds; cockerel-5 pounds; pullet-4 pounds.
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Egg Producer
- Origin: Switzerland
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.