|The Fancy Chick
Rare and Heritage Poultry
A little about the Crele - Legbar Orpingtons:
It was created in Denmark and called Legbarfarvet
Males have a warm gold color in the Hackle, saddle
and shoulders and if possible no brown or red in the
cuckoo colored breast and thighs. Because of the
fluffiness of the orpington feathers the pattern is not
very sharp, but makes a good picture overall.
The eye color of the crele Orpingtons is brown-red,
the beak and the legs are pink white.
The hens are a salmon color
This variety of orpington throws a variation in
coloring from bird to bird and generation to
generation making each bird very unique.
|Amazing how they blossom into
such beautiful creatures!
CRELE Verses LEGBAR, What is the difference:
Genetically they are the same color. CRELE is a partridge base bird with barring. The
only way to have a Crele bird breeding true generation after generation is by breeding barred
partridge birds. (Cuckoo Opringtons over Partridge Orps) Although there can be a slight
variation pattern and color they are still partridge base with barring. In some breeds of chicken
Black Breasted Red (BBR) is used in place of the partridge base and yields a similar result.
The difference between the males and females is males have 2 copies of the barring gene and
females only have one. Males appear to be lighter in color than the females for this reason.
"Legbar" is a name associated with the color not the genetic make up of the color. Similar to
"Jubilee" which essentially are just Mille Fleur birds with the mahogany gene to deepen the
ground color from gold to deep red.
|We imported our original line of Creles in June 2012 from England.
The fun part of raising these beautiful birds is that there is such a variety of color
that can be produced. Both the varieties below were produced from these birds
Thank you Daniel for sharing this beautiful picture with me.