Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhaubens
Chicks and hatching eggs will be available in Summer 2023. Farm pick up only.
Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben's are on the "Threatened" list with the Livestock Conservancy.
The Spitzhauben, also known as the Appenzeller Spitzhauben, originated in Switzerland’s Appenzell district. The forward sweeping crest feathers are reminiscent of the “spitzhauben,” or pointed hoods, once worn by women of the region. The breed went nearly extinct after World War II and was imported into the United States in the 1950s.
Spitzhaubens are active and alert birds. Their flighty nature doesn’t lend itself well to confinement. They’re cold-tolerant and are great foragers. The breed, though small in size, produces a good number of medium to large-sized white eggs each year. The birds have a bright red, V-shaped comb and white skin. The breed occurs in plumage that is silver spangled, gold spangled, black, blue, and chamois spangled. Most Spitzhaubens in the U.S. are the silver spangled variety with white plumage and black markings. Although the breed isn’t yet recognized by the American Poultry Association, efforts are underway to develop a standardized form and to conserve these striking poultry.
- Livestock Conservancy
The Spitzhaubens have been a real delight! They are very busy little birds and so much fun to watch. I was a bit concerned about their flighty nature, but they haven't been hard to contain. I do have one who likes to sleep in the tree next to the coop, but we can't expect full cooperation all the time. At feeding time they run to my feet in anticipation. I really enjoy watching these beautiful chickens.