This site is for the breeders of Croad Langshans in Australia.

We try to build a network of breeders to exchange information and genetics.

 

basic care

I.E. Meyer, a famous American Langshan breeder wrote more that a hundred years ago:

Never crowd your fowls! Keep their roosting place warm and clean; have your yards as large as possible; feed good wholesome food and be liberal with it.

A chickenhouse built from second-hand material. It has a large, fox-proof run at the back, accessible through a chicken door (visible throgh the door) which can be closed at night.

Croad Langshans are not difficult to care for. However standard size poultry equipment is often too small for them.

Coop:

No animal does well in a cramped, dirty place. Housing must be

standard equipment is often too small
  • roomy
  • well ventilated
  • dry
  • dust-free
  • clean
  • free of vermin
  • safe against predators

Several smaller houses, each with it's own run attached, are easier to manage than one big one.
The best house is comfortable for the chickens (dry, warm in winter, cool in summer) and easy to clean. Extra large doors for good access, removable perches, nest boxes and doorsteps help with cleaning.

good sized barn doors are handy - the upper part opens separately.

 

Run:

A large run to each house is essential even in free-range management, so the chickens can be locked up safely when needed. It should be shady and cool in summer and dry and sunny in winter. It can be covered with bird net or similar if wild birds are a problem.

Wire mesh, 2.2m high and covered with shade cloth does not keep Goannas out.

Perches:

Perching comes natural to Croad Langshans. It keeps them clean and dry. Perches are easier to keep free of mites and ammonia fumes than the floor. more->

Nesting boxes:

Hens like nesting boxes to be easily accessible, fairly dark, free from lice and mites and large enough to comfortably turn around. more->

Taking a sand bath
Bliss!

Sand Bath

Croad Langshans crave sand baths to take care of their soft feathers and will dig themselves several rather large ones.

Mice, rats and wild birds contaminate feed and water. They transmit some seerious diseases.

 

Feeding:

Clean water, a balanced feed suitable for the age of the birds (like layers pellets or growers pellets) and shell grit should be available at all times.

Additionally they love mixed grain, greens and fruit as a treat. Also kitchen scraps, but all these in limited amounts.

 

 

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