Our gorgeous polka dot hamburgh girls!
Classification: Light Breed
The origins of the hamburghs (Hamburg in the USA without the ‘h’) are not exactly known. They have been kept in Britian for at least the last 300 years but could have originated in Eastern Europe. They are a small, active, graceful bird with a smart rose comb and upright tail. They come in a range of colours: black, white, gold pencilled, silver pencilled, gold spangled and silver spangled. The most popular and visually stunning variety would be the silver spangled hamburgh. Here at Appletons we love our polka-dot ladies! The Hamburghs must be our all-time favourite in the light breeds. The hens might not be very big but they make up for it in looks and personality. They are great layers and lay a good sized white egg for their body size. We find they do best if they have access to free range. If you wish to pen them a decent sized run will be required and have it netted over the top as these girls can be inclined to jump out. The silver spangled hamburgh roosters are stunning with their black spangles, long sweeping tails and regal red, rose combs. If you can keep a rooster they are worth having around just to admire his pose but also to keep the girls in check! When young the hamburghs can be a bit flighty but as they mature into hens they calm down and become more enquiring and friendly. In fact, our pen of hamburghs is extremely friendly and rush to meet us when we go to visit them. They are enquiring by nature and a joy to watch. They love to chatter and let us know what they want: real little conversationalists! If you have space to let your hens free range and are looking for personality, intelligence and beauty (and white eggs of course)then don’t look past the lovely hamburghs.
We bought the starter pack for housing the chicks we have incubated at school as part of our Primary Industries programme and it is so awesome - the cage is a great size with nice high sides to catch all the 'bits' the chicks flick around. We chose the ceramic lamp instead of the heating pad as it gives greater versatility and our new wee chicks just love it. And it was a GREAT price, very prompt delivery :)
17/09/2018 by Sheryl
Great product. Fast delivery. My hens are loving the extra freedom and I'm loving that they can't come down to the house.
13/09/2018 by Felicity
Have not used product yet. New chickens have just arrived. Have it ready for mite attack
11/09/2018 by Annette
This was the perfect match for our Eco egg incubator as somewhere along the line our power supply went walk about. Really awesome quick service
10/09/2018 by Sheryl
The delivery was prompt and the product is of good quality. Very happy :)
06/09/2018 by Rachel
Awesome pig house. It took us 15 minutes to assemble. The piggies will be very happy in their warm and sturdy enclosure. Great service too.
31/08/2018 by Petra
Delivery of order was very prompt - thanks.
The chickens were a little frightened when the treadle moved but have learned very quickly. After two days, they don't bat an eye.
Their food is now secure from sparrows, etc. feed-o-magic is a good choice.
17/08/2018 by Warren
Great service, prompt delivery, and clear advice to help us ensure that we can give the ladies a safe and secure home. They are quickly turning into a valuable addition to our family. Thanks!
17/08/2018 by Jim
Just wanted you to know that the Hen house is perfect. I knew it would be, but I know how nice it is to get feedback - so thank you for designing and constructing such a cool little home for the girls. Form and function!
It looks great. Thanks for making the purchase hassle free.
12/08/2018 by Eleanor
Great little enrichment toy for the hens. They worked out how to use it within minutes.
10/08/2018 by Diane
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