Cream Legbar

United Kingdom
  • Hens lay 250 eggs yearly
  • Blue to green colored eggs
  • Heritage breed from the UK
  • Color-sexed chicks
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Low maintenance
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The Cream Legbar is an amazing English heritage breed with a wild spiky feather crest. The hens lay sky-blue to light-green eggs.


The eggs of the Legbar are famous for their pastel colors. Hens lay about five eggs per week, which is plentiful supply of fresh eggs daily.

Egg of a Cream Legbar

Oftentimes people say the Cream Legbar lays blue eggs, but the true color usually lies between light blue and light green.

Just don’t expect deep blue or olive green eggs; you will be disappointed. Go for an Araucana if you’re looking for deeper blue eggs.

pastel colored eggs

Each Cream Legbar we’ve had laid eggs in unique colors, varying from one chicken to another.

How they look

Cream Legbars have an iconic look, with a triangular body, and an upright tail. They have feathers that stick out from behind their combs, leading to their nickname Crested Cream Legbar.

Cream Legbar

Legbars have clean yellow legs, a yellow beak, and a single red comb that can be quite floppy at times.

How they behave

Most creamies tend to be friendly and easygoing. They are comfortable around humans and can be handled with ease.

They are also fine when kept in confinement; however, they love to roam and free-range.

Cream Legbar Chicken standing on its coop

Legbars are curious by nature and pay more attention to their environment than other breeds do.


Legbars are very hardy chickens and can tolerate most hot and cold climates.

On top of that, they are highly resistant to disease and illness, making them an ideal choice for many backyard flocks.

Cream Color

The Legbar comes in three colors: gold, silver, and cream, but only the cream variant has a crest on its head and lays eggs in a range of pastel colors, including blue and green.

Cream Legbar Chicken

Some standards like the Poultry Club of Great Britain see the Cream color as a variety of the Legbar. Others, like the Rare Breed Survival Trust classify it as a separate breed.

Auto Sexing

Cream Legbars are auto-sexing: you can immediately see the sex of a chick by looking at its down.

Cream Legbar Day Old Chicks Autosexing Guide

Female chicks have clear, dark brown chipmunk stripes on their back. Males are lighter, have blurry stripes and a white spot on their head.

Occasionally, you’ll see chicks missing the chipmunk look altogether, or some girls with a subtle white spot.

Cream Legbar Day Old Chicks

If you’re in doubt, give it a few weeks and you’ll start to see the signs more clearly.

Legbar Heritage

The Legbar has its roots in Britain and was developed in the early 1900s at the Genetical Institute of Cambridge University.

The Gold and Silver Legbar were created by crossing Plymouth Rocks with brown Leghorns, the best layers at the time.

Cream Legbar Creation

The resulting chicks had a brown down and a barring gene (B), so you can see the gender right after they hatch.

Cream Color: Sheer Fluke

The cream color wasn’t part of the plan.

When Michael Pease tried to improve the Gold Legbar by adding white Leghorns to the mix, the plumage color shifted to cream.

These first-gen Cream Legbars laid white eggs and didn’t have crests at all.

Cream Legbar Blue Colored Eggs

It took a mix-in with Araucanas to get the now-signature blue and pastel-colored eggs.

Other Colored Egg Layers

If you’re looking for chickens that lay colored eggs, here are some popular Legbar alternatives:

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