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A black and white Hamburg chicken walking on a piece of wood.Hamburgs carry a German name, but are generally considered to have originated in Holland, though it is unclear when. They have been known to exist since the fourteenth century. They traveled to Great Britain in the late 1700’s where several varieties were developed. The Hamburg arrive in America before the mid-1800’s. All varieties were excepted.



A small black and white Hamburg hen.The Hamburg is a mid-sized fowl with distinct features. Both the male and female display white earlobes and red wattles. The fowl have a rose comb. The shanks are a grayish color Hamburgs are active, flighty birds. They are trim and stylish with delicate features, and wild in nature. The male has fantastic plumage with spangling on the tail feathers for this of the Spangled variety. There are varieties with penciling. They forage well and are capable of flying long distances. They are prolific layers because they continue to lay over long periods of time. Their eggs are neither large nor small. The Hamburg goes by many other names such as the Yorkshire Pheasant.



  • Golden Spangled
  • Silver Spangled
  • Golden Penciled
  • Silver Penciled
  • Black
  • White


Standard Weights

Cock: 5 lbs

Hen: 4 lbs

Cockerel: 4 lbs

Pullet: 3.5 lbs


Skin Color



Egg Shell Color




The Hamburg is known to be a great egg producer but it also has ornamental uses.




Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Joe Berry, Extension Poultry Specialist, Department of Animal Science, Oklahoma State University

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"Hamburg Chicken." The Livestock Conservancy. The Livestock Conservancy, n.d. Web. 29 June 2015.


Lewis, Celia. "Breed Profiles: Hamburg." The Illustrated Guide to Chickens: How to Choose Them, How to Keep Them. New York: Skyhorse Pub., 2011. 91-92. Print.

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