The Appenzeller Spitzhauben is a standard breed of chicken that originated in the Appenzell region of Switzerland. While the breed is very ornamental in nature, they do lay a considerably large egg for their size and a good number of them too!
A lot of the information on this breed indicates that it does not do well in confinement. Our experience does not show this. Ours do quite well in confinement and the original flock sire lived to a ripe old age of more than 10 years. (Fertilizing eggs until the very end.) These birds do make excellent foragers and will roost in trees if left to free-range.
Spitz come in three color varietations, black, gold spangled and silver spangled. Cackleberry Farm just works with the silver spangled variety. Spitz have a "v" comb and feathered crest on both sexes of birds, with the comb being much more prominent in roosters. Even though the breed is considered large fowl and not bantam, this breed is on the smaller side of the size spectrum with roosters weighing 4.5 pounds and the hens weighing in at 3.5 pounds. Do not let their diminutive size fool you though as they lay very large eggs for their size!
When available, eggs are 30.00 per dozen and chicks are 8.00 each. Chicks are for local pickup/delivery only, no shipping of live birds. We will ship eggs.