The Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chicken


The Appenzeller Spitzhauben originates from Appenzell canton in Switzerland and dates back to the 16th century. After the 2nd World war the breed fell into decline and in 1953 a German breeder called Kirk Fischer imported the original 3 varieties (silver, Gold and Black) Appenzeller Spitzhauben and in doing so prevented the loss of the breed.


They have a well spread tail, full hackle and fairly hard, tight plumage. On the head is a horn type comb with two small rounded spires and the unique crest points forward like the bonnets on the traditional costume bonnets worn by the ladies in the Appenzellerl and region. Spitzhauben actually means pointed bonnet. The wattles are long and fine and the ear lobes are white and oval shaped. They have a powerful beak with large deep nostrils and a fleshy knob at the front of the beak. The prominent eyes are brown.


The Appenzeller Spitzhauben are really quite bright and will happily look after themselves when insects are plentiful. They like having freedom to roam as well as having things to climb as they are always on the go and like to roost in trees. Appenzeller Spitzhauben’s will need extremely secure fencing as they are very good fliers. They are good layers and will occasionally sit if undisturbed.


Silver spangled, gold spangled, black. In all colours, the legs are blue and the eyes are dark brown.

Egg layer
Light / Soft feather
Egg Color
Egg Numbers
150 per annum


With thanks to Ben Shepherd who breeds and exhibits the Appenzeller Spitzhauben, for the use of photo’s. For more information on this Breed visit www.appenzellerspitzhauben.co.uk


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