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Legbars werernthe second autosexing chickens (Autosexing is when day old chicks can be sexedrnby their different appearances when they have hatched) that were ever created.rnThey were developed at Cambridge University in England.

rnrn rnrnThe GoldrnLegbar variety was first developed and was developed from a brown Leghornrnrooster and Barred Plymouth Rock Hens, both from utility strains which werernused in the first mating. The second mating took two of the male offspring,rnmating them with brown Leghorn hens. After producing many hundreds of chicks,rnselection was performed and then these birds were mated and from theirrnoffspring, light colored males with two barring genes were kept together withrnthe Creem colored females. Silver Legbars were created using the Gold Legbar,rncrossed to the Silver Cambar. White Leghorns were also used along the way inrnorder to improve egg production.

rnrnThe appearancernof the Legbar is similar to that of a barred Leghorn. The Cream Legbarrnpossesses in contrast to the Gold Legbar and the Silver Legbar a crest due tornits Araucana blood. The roosters weigh between 2,7 - 3,4 kg (6.0 - 7.5 lbs) andrnthe hens weigh between 2,0 - 2,7 kg (4.4 - 6.0 lbs).[6] They are known to layrnbetween 180 - 200 eggs per year.

rnrnThey havernthree color varieties: Gold, Silver and Cream. The Cream Legbar has a crest andrnlays blue to blue-green eggs.

rnrnThey are arnmuscular bird with a wedge shaped body and a prominent breast. They are wide atrntheir shoulders but they taper slightly towards the root of the tail. Theirrnback is long and flat while their moderately full tail is carried at 45°torntheir back. Their large wings are carried tightly and well tucked up. They haverna fine head has a strong yellow- or horn-colored beak and a large erect brightrnred single-comb with five to seven even spikes. The crest of the Cream Legbarrnis small and compact and carried well back from the red or orange eyes, fallingrnoff the back of the head below the extended comb. Their face is red and smoothrnwith smooth and pendant cream or opaque white ear-lobes. Their red wattles arernlong and thin and their neck is long and well feathered. They have yellow legsrnthat are moderately long, strong, and free of feathers and their four toes arernstraight and well spread. They have a plumage of silky texture which is freernfrom coarse or excessive feathers.

rnrnThe female hasrngeneral characteristics similar to that of the male, allowing for the naturalrndifferences between sexes. The single comb however can be either erect orrnfalling gracefully over to either side of the face without obstructing therneyesight and the tail is carried at a lower angle. The crest of the femalernCream Legbar is somewhat fuller and larger than that of the male, but shouldrnnever be so full as to obstruct the eyes. The legs and feet of female GoldrnLegbars or Silver Legbars can be either yellow, orange or light willow.

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