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Hamburg chickens lay four small, white, flavor-packed eggs arnweek. What they lack in egg size, they make up in longevity. Hamburgsrnconsistently lay for many years. In fact, the Dutch called them "everlayers." Hamburg hens mature early and start laying at four months of age. The chicksrnhave a delicate constitution, but once established, the breed proves quiternrobust. Hamburgs like to forage and will fly the coop to do so. Fortunately,rnthey tolerate cold and can endure a night away from the coop. They are anrnactive breed and they often refuse to sit long enough to hatch their brood.

rnrnHamburgs have a wild disposition. They like to fly, forage,rnand roost in trees. Owners have awoken to find their whole flock in the trees.rnHumans easily spook the Hamburg chicken. Given these traits, they have littlerntoleration for confinement. They enjoy free-range freedom and free-range foodrnin the form of grain. Like most foragers that survive, Hamburgs develop a keenrnawareness of their environment.

rnrnHamburg chickens have ten different plumages:rnSilver-Spangled, Golden-Spangled, Golden-Penciled, Silver-Penciled, White,rnBlack and Citron Spangled. Although small to start with, Hamburgs have both arnstandard and bantam size. The standards average four to five pounds while thernbantams top out at one and half. Hamburgs sport red rose combs, medium matchingrnwattles, and white earlobes. Their unique horn colored beak has gray shanks.rnUnlike most chickens Hamburgs wear pink soles on the bottom of their feet.rnButchered Hamburgs display a white meat on dark colored bones.

rnrnBuild a run with high fences or even a wire cover to keeprnHamburgs in the run. Otherwise, clip their wings to curb their innate flyingrnbehavior. They like to forage. Give them plenty of room. Flighty to thernextreme, Hamburgs often refuse to sit on their eggs. Provide your Hamburgs withrna hen from a broody breed to hatch their eggs. Many Hamburg owners use Brahmasrnfor that purpose. Pay special attention to new chicks as Hamburg young have arnhigh mortality rate. After the first four months, they usually fend forrnthemselves.

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