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Silver Spangled Hamburgs
2014 Delivery Dates
Catalog Number Description 1-5 6-15 16-24 25-49 50-99 100 or more How Many
SSHC Males $2.16 $1.91 $1.87 $1.63 $1.52 $1.45
SSHP Females $3.27 $3.02 $2.93 $2.82 $2.69 $2.61
SSHS Straight Run $2.87 $2.62 $2.56 $2.49 $2.42 $2.25
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Availability Display below is for the next several hatches. This breed is available for future dates. You can pick the date during the check out process. Green: available. Blue: limited availability. Red: not available.
Quick Stats
Type: standard
Class: Continental
Egg Color: white
Egg Size: medium
Egg Production: excellent
Meat Production: poor
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Heat Tolerance: best
Cold Tolerance: poor
Disposition: poor
Weeks to Maturity: 18
Freerange: best
Skin Color: white
Feather Color: white
Comb Type: rose
Likely to sit on eggs: not at all likely
Bird Size: medium
Exotic: no
Leg Style: clean
Head Style: regular
Male Mature Weight: 5 lbs
Female Mature Weight: 4 lbs
ALBC Priority: watch
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These are one of the snappiest, most alert breeds on the poultry list. Of rather small size, with light but sweeping, graceful outlines, they are elegant and beautiful. They have a kind of bright cheerfulness about them when foraging over open range and they love this kind of situation. Their origin goes back beyond the memory of man in both England and Holland and they were such prolific layers of white eggs that a common name for them was "the Dutch Everyday Layer." Although egg size is medium they are small eaters and cost less to keep than most breeds. The lustrous greenish black spangles on silvery white plumage give them a perky polkadot look. With neat rose combs, white ear lobes, leaden blue shanks and toes, these are excellent small birds for both beauty and utility. Baby chicks are a silver gray with parallel dark and light stripes on the back.
As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
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Customer Product Reviews
product review We ordered 13 pullets and a rooster 7 months ago from Murray. They are a very smart and alert breed, we absolutely love them. They like to free range as much as possible. Many people say they are flighty, however, we have spent a lot of time handling them their whole lives, they are still very cautious. Many of them will fly up on our laps or shoulder to get a treat. Our rooster is very good to his ‘girls’ and overall a very nice little guy.
I received a Silver-spangled Hamburg cockerel as the free exotic chick with my order this spring. "Bob" is a beautiful little fellow, a bit skittish, but fun to have around. He crows a lot, but knows his place and doesn't mess with the big Brahma roosters. Thanks for this wonderful bird!
We received a Silver Laced Hamburg as our Rare Breed surprise and the kids LOVE her! She is very bright, curious and friendly - whenever there is anyone in the coop or run she is right there to see what they are doing. She even perches on my 11 year olds shoulder. I am ordering a couple more. Thanks McMurray!
These are one of my favorite breeds. We had a couple of these a year ago and they were so active and beautiful. They can fly much better than the heavier breeds so they are able to avoid predators a bit better than some other breeds. We just received 4 new Silver Spangled Hamburg chicks with our recent order because my son wanted to have them again. He told me that they were his favorite kind of chicken.
I am writing to say I never would have selected a Silver Spangled Hamburg on my own. However the people at the Murray McMurray Hatchery who spoke to me understood my space place & needs & sent me one as a free chick. I am in love with this hen! She is highly alert. She has an "I can take care of myself & I know it attitude". She is friendly & will come for feed but is wary of strangers & quick to dart away from danger. I am happy to have her & will add more of this breed when they become available. Thanks!
These are gorgeous, sassy birds. They are stubborn yet,sweet and they carry themselves more regally than any other chicken. The two hens I have (Missy and Sky) are a joy to have! I would not recommend them for beginning poultry raisers because the chicks are somewhat difficult to rear. I've ordered 6 total in the past 2 years and only 2 survived. But for advanced chicken lovers, these are stunning birds with just the right amount of attitude! Thank you McMurray for my awesome Hamburgs!!!!!
I had a S.S.H. hen from my first Murray McMurray order years ago - she was indeed an excellent forager and laid many eggs. However, she was the most amazing mother - she appeared one day with 10 or so chicks. When a hawk attacked her brood, Specky flew straight up at the hawk and clawed at it. The hawk never came back. No one ever messed with Specky!
I recieved 2 beautiful silver spangled hamburg roosters along with a variety of hens some being Hamburgs. These roosters are my live yard decorations. I love to look out among the oak trees and flowers and watch them. They do not attack anyone, and my grandchildren can play with the hens (Light Braha & Barred Rocks) without being bothered by the roosters. I have a Hamburg hen that burrowed a hole somehow in the side of a hill and sat on 18 eggs.She was very secretive as to where she was going. If I followed her she would change direction. Next year, I let her sit on eggs in a bush next to our house, and it was 116 degrees, and she stayed on the nest until 4 chicks were hatched. (I did put some food and water by her). Hamburgs are considered rare setters but I definitely have a setter. I also have a Hamburg hen that roosts in a tree every evening, and I had to shake the branch hard enough to make her fly down and go in the pen. This exercise actually helped my shoulder that I had problems with and I no longer need therapy for it. I have since given up on this as she roosts higher now. My Hamburg's personalities add to the variety of my flock and are a lot of fun.
We received 27 chicks in July. 3 were Silver Spangled Hamburgs and I just love them. They are the smallest hens in our group of Orpingtons, Wyandottes and Australorps, but they have the "biggest" attitude; perhaps like little Napoleons? They do fine with the bigger hens. I especially like their deep voices; they frequently follow me around grumbling and growling about random things. It is hilarious. They are also speedy and zippy and curious about everything. One has been named Houdini because she is able to escape the run unnoticed. More than once she has greeted me in the morning when I open the chicken door to let out the others!
After receiving our baby chick order a couple months ago, we have been totally fascinated by the rare breed chick you sent. The grandkids named her "Mystery" and she has been just that ... until today when we finally IDd her. Mystery is a Silver Spangled Hamburg and a delight to have around. She is a great "balance" between the White Leghorns and the Rhode Island Reds. She is very docile and gentle and does not mind being picked up and held. We love her, and may order more of this breed next year. Thank you for the "Mystery".
Our silver spangled hamburg (Hammy) rooster was our little surprise, and pleasantly so. He is a very nice rooster to his girls and isn't aggressive to people or chickens. I think he will be with us for many years to come.
Our Silver Spangled Hamburgs are growing like crazy! They are very alert birds and are as happy as can be on free range! They are becoming beautiful birds, who eat less than our others! Almost full grown, they are a bit more nervous than the others, but they will come and climb up on my leg and roost there for a while! I love them to death! -Laura M in Eastford, CT
We own an absolutely beautiful Silver Spangled Hamburg rooster we call Spangle. He is definetly the most nervous chicken in the flock, though we manage to catch him, he is very gentle. He is just gorgeous! This variety would be very nice for show. It would also be great for fly tyers, to. I'm thinking about ordering some more of these great chickens for 4-H this year. I can't praise their beauty enough!
My Hamburg rooster is really a beautiful bird. The kids love to pick him up and hold him and he just lets them. Thank you McMurray for sending me a great mystery bird.