Cute. Blonde. Chicks. Don't tell Wifey.
Why? She probably wouldn't like knowing you enjoy spending all day with a bunch of cute blonde chicks. Unless if you tell her that these cute blondies are utility birds, where roosters can reach about 10 pounds. Meanwhile the hens keep producing beautiful light cream-colored eggs. "Impossible!" She says, "How can a bird so beautiful also be so functional?" The lemony and orangey-barred stripes against white makes you want to bust out a lemonade and Orange Creamsicle to make any day feel like the 4th of July!
"No! I can't be eating BBQ for the rest of my life!," your wife says. "But honey," you exclaim, "these Niederrheiners come from the best pedigree! Buff Orpingtons, North Holland Blues, Barred Rocks, Malines...just to name a few." Now that she understands that these docile, friendly chickens will not only be a great table bird, but she'll soon realize they also make great companions if you keep a few as pets.
Developed in the early 20th Century in Germany, the Niederrheiners have only recently been introduced to the United States. Although there are some numbers of Niederrheiners in Europe, they are relatively rare in the U.S. As far as autosexing is concerned, breeders from around the world apparently cannot distinguish the males from the females on Day 1. However, we are detecting a pattern at Überchic Ranch. Once we complete our study, we will publish our findings.
If we're not mistaken, the Niederrheiner is the only breed of chicken that has lemon to orange and white barred feathers that are absolutely stunning, especially in sunlight!
Alert and Observant Demeanor
The Niederrheiner behaves more like a dog than a chicken. They are excited to see you even when you don't have food, they're very watchful, tame, playful, and they are highly intelligent.
Low Maintenance and People Friendly
Did you ever have an aggressive rooster or a broody hen attack or peck you? Well Niederrheiner roosters become your watchdog buddy and hens will let you grab their eggs.