Rhineland chicken was bred by a managing director of the Pfeifer & Langen sugar factory. His goal was to breed a sturdy chicken that would survive harsh winters and also perform well. In 1894, a cross between the Eifler country fowl and animals of the “Le Mans” breed resulted in the Rhinelander chickens. In 1907 they were presented for the first time at a poultry show. Due to their good laying performance and good growth, they quickly spread beyond the Eifel.
Rhinelander chickens have slender bones, a deep chest and a medium-high position. The shape of the hull is rectangular with full fletching. The robust, precocious laying hen is characterized in particular by a good laying performance over several years.
The Rhineland chicken comes in the colors black, partridge-necked, white, blue-lined, sparrowed, silver-necked, blue partridge-necked and white-black columbia. The original colors can be found on the red list: blue-lined, sparrowed, partridge-necked, black, silver-necked and white.
These Eifel country fowls were probably close to the Ardennes from neighboring Belgium and the related French Gauloise dorée, both of which still embody this original type at least in part. source
- Roosters : 3 kg
- Hen : 2.5 kg
Laying performance is around 140-180 eggs per year, and they also have good meat utilization.
Also known by the names : Rheinländer, Rhinelanders, Rhénane, Renana, Rijnlander, Reńskie Miniaturowe, Porýnčanka, Rýnské Sepice, Rajnavidéki, Rejnska Kokoshka