Κοτες Kraienkoppe chickens

Chickens Kraienköppe (Twentse)
Origin: The Netherlands and Germany. Eggs: 160-200 off white.
Weight: Cock: 2.5-2.95 Kg. Hen: 1.8-2.5 Kg.
Bantam Cock: 850g. Hen: 740g.

Colours: Silver, Golden (Standardised UK) and Black Breasted Red.
Useful to Know: Classified as a rare breed. Known as Kraienköppe in Germany and the UK, Twentse in The Netherlands. Male have a very loud crow.
Uses: Exhibition / Rare Breed / Eggs.

The Kraienköppe was created on the border between Germany and The Netherlands and are thought to have been created from crosses between Malays, Leghorns and local farm yard fowl in the early part of the 19th century. Kraienköppe have a rather fierce look and have some inherited temperament from the Malay although generally they are good natured. Kraiencoppe-head-cut-outThey are active foragers and hardy birds so are best kept in a free range environment to thrive. Hens will go broody and will lay even in cold weather. The Kraienköppe should not be confused with the breed called Kraaikoppen in The Netherlands (Breda in the UK) which has a similar spelling. They are not yet recognised by the American Poultry Association Standard but can be found in America.
There are two colour varieties – the Silver and the Black-breasted Red. The original colours were Silver and Gold. There is more interest in the breed in Europe as a showy exhibition bird and Blue Red and Blue Silver Duckwing varieties have been developed. The Silver Kraienkoppe is very rare in the United States and is kept almost solely for the purpose of preserving the breed.

Breeding
The hens are early maturing and lay between 160 and 200 eggs in the first year, slackening off to 150 to 160 in the second year. Although the German/Dutch birds do not go broody easily, American birds seem quite willing to go broody and make good mothers. Eggs weigh from 58 to 60 grams and have white to tinted shells. The meat is white, and very rich and tender.











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what the breed is like:

they don’t feather pick at all
they are extremely vigilant regarding predators, especially from above
they are friendly (from arm’s length) yet scandalous and flighty
they are 100% broody. All hens go broody… sometimes nearly all at once
they are superior mothers
they are good winter layers
they handle high temperatures extremely well
they can and do fly. (just a little less when fully mature)
they have a high level of vitality and disease resistance
roosters are very non aggressive.
The Kraienkoppe is a voracious hunter of insects.
egg color is white to tinted
This is not a “cuddly breed.” Kraienkoppes become alarmed, even when one pauses to focus a camera on them.
they lay pretty well, with occasions of low production due to "mass broodiness."
this breed is VERY determined to free range
fertility is excellent
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