The Modern Langshan is a large, well-mannered bird. They are excellent producers of large brown eggs. They excel as show and pet birds due to their calm temperament.
Hens will lay around 150 eggs each year and are highly likely to go broody. They are excellent mothers when they have chicks to care for.
This breed is hardy, grows quickly, and is easy to care for; this makes them a wonderful choice for beginner and backyard chicken owners.
The Langshan is a dual-purpose breed, meaning that it can be raised for both egg and meat production. Due to their deep breast, they provide a large amount of white meat when used as a broiler.
Modern Langshan Chicken Breed Quick Info
Modern Langshan Chicken Description
|Modern Langshan Type/Size:||Standard|
|Modern Langshan Ease of Raising/Keeping:||Easy|
|Modern Langshan Special Care Needs:||No|
|Is the Modern Langshan breed a common, rare, or protected breed of chicken?||Rare, “threatened” status|
Modern Langshan Use
|Modern Langshan Temperament:||Gentle, docile|
|Modern Langshan Ability/Likelihood to Free Range:||Yes|
Modern Langshan Egg Production
|Estimated Number of Eggs Per Year||150|
|Likeliness to Brood Eggs/Raise Chicks||High|
Modern Langshan Meat Production
|Dressed Weight Male||6.75 lbs|
|Dressed Weight Female||5.25 lbs|
Modern Langshan Climate Tolerance
Modern Langshan Age to Maturity
|Number of Months to Reach Full Size||7-9 Months|
|Number of Months to Start Egg Laying||6-7 Months|
|Number of Weeks/Months to Reach Meat Harvest Size||7-9 Months|
Modern Langshan Size at Maturity
Origins of Modern Langshan Chicken
The Langshan chicken breed is an ancient breed that originated in China. It was developed in a region of China near Shanghai called Wolf Hill. In fact, the name “Langshan” means Wolf Hill.
In the late nineteenth century, they were exported from China to England by English Major A.C. Croad. Just a few years later, the breed was imported to the United States and was highly regarded when it arrived.
The Modern Langshan refers to the strain of the breed that was developed in England. It is taller and tight-feathered than its counterpart, the traditional Langshan. Today, they are extremely rare.
Some Things to Know About Modern Langshan Chicken
The Modern Langshan is a large bird with beautiful, glossy black feathers. They have a single red comb and black legs that are feathered.
They have a tall, upright posture with long legs and a deep breast that contributes to their success as a meat breed. Their eyes are a dark brown color, and their tight feathering makes them cold hardy.
How Easy is it to Keep Modern Langshan Chickens?
The Modern Langshan chicken is an excellent breed for beginner chicken owners because of their gentle demeanor. This allows them to excel as show and pet birds, as they are happy to be around people. This is especially true if they were raised around humans.
If you choose to add these gentle giants to your flock, be aware that they can easily fly over high fences. Because of this and their large size, they do not excel as free-range birds. You may need to keep them in a covered run to prevent them from escaping. They do well in confinement.
They do well in both the cold and heat as long as they have shelter from the elements.
Special Care and Considerations for Modern Langshan Chickens
As with all birds with a single comb, frostbite can be an issue. When the temperature drops, you can help to protect their comb with a bit of vaseline.
Otherwise, they are exceptionally healthy and hardy. Modern Langshans make a great addition to your backyard flock!