Other name(s): Dutch Owl Beard Chicken;
Owlbeard Chicken; Nederlandse Uilebaarden
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: Netherlands
History: The Dutch Owlbeard Chicken is an old breed which was developed in the Netherlands. It is depicted in 17th century "Dutch Master" paintings, and may be a predecessor to the Poland chicken. There are large fowl and bantam Dutch Owlbeards.
Current Uses: Show, meat, eggs
Appearance: The Owlbeard is a very unique fowl with a horn comb in front of a small crest of curly feathers. Owlbeards also have a very full beard that reaches up to their cheeks, and raised nostrils. Their tails are full and well spread, and wings are held slanting downwards. Eyes are a brown-red.Average weight: Largefowl: Cock 2.5 kg, Hen 1.8 kg. Bantam: Cock 0.8kg, Hen 0.7 kg.
Average weight: N/A
Lifespan: 8 - 12 years
Diet: Dutch Owlbeards will do well on a basic commercial feed diet. This should be supplemented with fresh fruits, veggies, and bugs. Hens may need oyster shells if there is not enough calcium in their feed. Grit can be added if they do not have access to small pebbles, which aid their digestion. Fresh water must be available at all times.
Health issues: Chickens may require the expert care of an avian veterinarian and regular check ups. There are several diseases that they can receive vaccines for such as Newcastles, Avian Flu, Avian Pox, Infectious Laryngotracheitis, and Marek’s Disease. Your vet may also recommend regular worming. Your vet can also be a valuable resource on aspects of good care that will prevent the spread of disease within your flock.
Behavior / Temperament / Activity level: These active and sweet little chickens make great family pets. Although males may need their own space during breeding season as they can get aggressive and bold during this time. They often win crowing competitions with their strong and loud voices.