Breeds of Livestock, Department of Animal Science
Poultry Breeds - Langshan Chickens
Standard Weights: Cock-9-1/2 pounds; hen-7-1/2 pounds; cockerel-8 pounds; pullet-6-1/2 pounds.
Skin Color: White.
Egg Shell Color: Brown.
Use: A general purpose fowl for the production of meat and eggs. The general shape of the Langshan makes them better suited to roaster and capon use than as fryers.
Origins: Langshans originated in China and are considered one of our oldest breeds.
Characteristics: Langshans enjoyed considerable popularity in the U.S. during the latter part of the 19th century. However, today they are primarily an exhibition fowl. They appear to be very tall, with long legs and tails carried at a high angle. They are active and quick. The black variety has.a deep greenish sheen when viewed in the proper light. Many other breeds were created using Langshan blood in the foundation matings. They are a good general breed; females go broody and make good mothers. Their feet and legs are feathered but not as fully as the Cochins or Brahmas. Long legs and narrow body conformation leave much to be desired as a meat bird by today's standards.
Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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