Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: Germany
History: The Augsburger is a very rare breed which was developed in Augsburg, Bavaria in the 1880's. The Augsburger is believed to have been created by crossing La Fleche and Lamotte chickens.
Current Uses: Egg Production and Breed Preservation
Appearance: The Augsburger is light weight and thin. It has a buttercup comb, and rather large white ears. It has slate gray shanks and feet. Augsburgers come in black and black-rimmed blue.
Average weight: 4.5 - 6.5 lbs.
Lifespan: 8 - 12 years
Diet: Augsburgers do well on a basic commercial diet. Birds should be supplemented with fresh fruits, veggies, bugs, and grit if not permitted to free-range. Hens may need oyster shells added to their diet, if their feed is not high enough in calcium. Fresh water must be available at all times.
Housing: Housing can be simple, but does require planning. You will need a coop that provides your birds with a safe place to escape the weather, night and day-time predators, and is well-drained, clean, ventilated, and comfortable. Roosts should be provided for sleeping, and nesting boxes for egg laying.
Health issues: The breed is relatively healthy. Birds will need proper housing, care, feed, and parasite control and treatment to live full healthy lives.
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