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Appenzeller Barthuhner Chickens

Appenzell chickens - different chickens
Appenzell bearded chickens

Appenzell bearded chickens;

was created in the middle of the 19th century in the eastern Swiss Alps. The Italian “Polverara chicken”, which was already extinct at the time, was used for breeding. In order to breed such a cold-resistant and easy-to-lay chicken type, Italian chickens were crossed with beard- and rose-comb-bearing breeds. This is how the Appenzeller Barthuhn emerged.

The Appenzell bearded chicken is an old breed of chicken from the Appenzellerland (Switzerland), which is looked after by the ProSpecieRara. The people of Appenzell call her “Bartli“.

This breed is not very widespread in Central Europe and especially in Switzerland. The existing bantam type exists in both Switzerland and Germany.



The Appenzell bearded chickens has an almost rectangular body shape with broad shoulders and a medium-long, slightly sloping back.

  • Rooster 2.0 to 2.3
  • Hen 1.6 to 1.8 kg

Egg production per year: 155 eggs

Appenzell - swiss chickens
Appenzell bearded chickens – roosters
Swiss chickens - breeds - bearded chickens
Appenzeller Barthuhn – hen

Also known by the names : Appenzeller Barthühner, Appenzelloise Barbue, Appenzell Barbuta, Appenzeller Baardhoen, Appenzeller brodaty, Appenzelli Szakállas Tyúk, Bradat Apentseler

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