Origin: Netherlands, Germany
Adult male weight (lbs.): 4.4 – 5.5
Adult female weight (lbs.): 3.5 – 3.9
Recognized variety: Black
Primary use: eggs
The Hamburg, Dutch: Hollandse Hoen, German: Hamburger, is a breed of chicken which originated in Germany and Holland prior to 1700. The name may be spelt Hamburgh in the United Kingdom and in Australia.
It is a small breed or medium breed cocks weigh 2–2.5 kg and hens about 1.6–1.8 kg, with slender legs and a neat rose comb. Ring size is 16 mm for cocks and 15 mm for hens. Eleven different colour varieties are recognised in Germany and Holland, including Silver Spangled, Golden Spangled, Golden Pencilled, Citron Pencilled, Silver Pencilled, White, Black and Citron Spangled; six of these are included in the American standard of perfection. Penciled breeds are smallest and self-coloured birds are largest. There are also Bantam Hamburgs. Hamburgs are hardy, active, flighty birds, and are often jumpy around humans.
Hamburgs mature quickly and are considered good egg producers. Their eggs weigh about 50 g, with glossy, white shells.