Other name(s): Ostfriesische Moewe;
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: Germany
History: The East Frisian Gull is a old landrace breed developed at the beginning of the 19th century. The breed was created in East and West Frisia, and Westfalia. The East Frisian Gull is thought to be closely related to the Brakel and Westphalian Totlegern. Its unique name comes from the chicks appearance being similar to that of Seagull chicks. Over time, the East Frisian Gull became very popular, and spread throughout Lanover, Lüneburg, Minden, Osnabrück, and Stade. However, today the breed is endangered, with only approximately 1,000 birds birds registered in Germany.
Current Uses: Eggs and Breed Preservation
Appearance: The East Frisian Gull is a beautiful colored fowl with a sleek body, and full tail. Birds have a red single comb and wattles, and white earlobes. There are two colors for the East Frisian Gull, which are Black Speckled Silver and Black Speckled Gold.
Average weight: 5 - 7 lbs.
Lifespan: 8 - 12 years
Diet: The East Frisian Gull 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 bird’s is ideal, but if not possible be sure to give them fresh fruits, veggies, and bugs. Hens may require higher protien 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: The East Frisian Gull chicken is very hardy. Health and climate issues are rarely a concern. However, during extremely cold weather, rubbing oil on your roosters combs will help prevent frostbite and chapping. To keep your birds healthy parasite control and treatment is necessary. Quality feed and clean housing is also an important step.
Behavior / Temperament / Activity level: This breed is very active and has a nervous nature. They prefer a large area to roam and forage, and are capable of flying. Taming is not easy. Hens rarely brood, but are dedicated mothers when they take up the task.Written by Jamie Clark