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The Silver Spangled Spitzhauben, chicken also known as Appenzeller Spitzhauben (pointed hood) chicken, originated in Switzerland and is their national bird. This chicken is very rare in the United States and not yet admitted to the American Standard of Perfection. Noted characteristics are cavernous nostrils, horn type comb and mid size forward-pointing head crest which gives them their name. 


Spitzhauben have a bright red, V-shaped comb, blue legs, and white skin. Their plumage is silver spangled, gold spangled, black, blue, or chamois spangled. Most Spitzhaubens in the US are the silver spangled variety, with white plumage and black markings. Their feathered crest doesn’t impede their vision. Roosters are 4.5 pounds and hens 3.5 lbs.


The breed, though small, produces 150-180 of medium-to-large-sized white eggs each year. They lay almost all year, and can continue to lay in the winter, unlike many other breeds. 

Silver Spangled Spitzhauben

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