Other name(s): Czech Gold Brindled Hen; Komorovicky
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: Czech Republic
History: The Czech Gold Brindle Chicken is an ancient Czech Landrace breed predating 1205. The first documentation of this breed was in 1205, when Valdemar II of Denmark was gifted a flock of these fowl as a marriage gift. The breed was popular amongst the people until around the mid 19th-century, when new breeds where imported. Since then, the Czech Gold Brindle has been endangered.
Current Uses: Meat, Eggs, Show, and Breed Preservation
Appearance: The Czech Gold Brindle is a lighter fowl with a sturdy body. They have red single combs, wattles, and earlobes. Their legs are a pretty slate blue. The Czech Gold Brindle used to be found in many colors, but today it is rarely seen in any color but gold brindle. Other colors include: gold, silver, silver brindle, black, black white, and partridge.Bantam Weight: 0.7 - 1.2 kg
Average weight: N/A
Lifespan: 8 - 12 years
Diet: The Czech Gold Brindle requires a basic diet, that can consist of quality commercial feed and grains. Feeds high in corn should be avoided, as they offer little nutritional value. Free-ranging your birds is ideal, but if not possible be sure to give them fresh fruits, veggies, and bugs. Hens may require higher protein diets while laying, and oyster shells if their diet does not supply them with enough calcium. Grit which is small pebbles consumed to help digestion will need to be given, if birds do not have access to it naturally. 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. Wooden roosts should be provided for sleeping, and nesting boxes for egg laying.
Health issues: To keep your birds healthy, parasite control and treatment is necessary. Rubbing oil on your roosters combs will help avoid chapping and frostbite, during extreme cold. Quality feed and clean housing is also very important.
Behavior / Temperament / Activity level: The Czech Gold Brindle is very active and has a nervous nature. Hens do brood, and are excellent mothers.Written by Jamie Clark