A little about the Crele - Legbar Orpingtons:
It was created in Denmark and called Legbarfarvet
Denmark Breed Standards:
Males have a warm gold color in the Hackle, saddle and
shoulders and if possible no brown or red in the cuckoo
colored breast and thighs.
Because of the fluffiness of the Orpington feathers the
pattern is not very sharp, but makes a good picture
The eye color of the Crele Orpingtons is brown-red, the
beak and the legs are pink white.
The hens are a salmon color
This variety of orpington throws a variation in
coloring from bird to bird and generation to
generation making each bird very unique.
CRELE Verses LEGBAR, What is the difference:
Genetically they are the same color. CRELE is a partridge base bird with barring. The
only way to have a Crele bird breeding true generation after generation is by breeding barred
partridge birds. (Cuckoo Opringtons over Partridge Orps) Although there can be a slight
variation pattern and color they are still partridge base with barring. In some breeds of chicken
Black Breasted Red (BBR) is used in place of the partridge base and yields a similar result.
The difference between the males and females is males have 2 copies of the barring gene and
females only have one. Males appear to be lighter in color than the females for this reason.
"Legbar" is a name associated with the color not the genetic make up of the color. Similar to
"Jubilee" which essentially are just Mille Fleur birds with the mahogany gene to deepen the
ground color from gold to deep red.
|We imported our original line of
Creles in June 2012 from England.
The fun part of raising these beautiful birds is that there
is such a variety of color that can be produced. Both
the varieties were produced from our Creles.
|Thank you Daniel for sharing this beautiful picture of creles
purchased from us in 2013
The Crele Orpington coloring is created when you take a Partridge and
add the barring gene to it.
To add the barring gene to a Partridge color (to make a crele) you
would take a Barred /Cuckoo rooster and cross it to a Partridge hen.
The resulting offspring would be like the diagram below.
Double Barred Male X Barred Female = Double Barred Males,
Single Barred Male X Barred Female = 25% Double Barred Males,
25% Single Barred Males, 25% Barred Females, 25% Solid Females
Double Barred Male X Solid Female = Single Barred Males, Barred
Single Barred Male X Solid Female = 25% Single Barred Males, 25%
Solid Male X Barred Female = All Males Will Be Single Barred, All
Females Will Be Solid
The Barring Gene:
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|If the intentions of purchasing this variety is for breeding or showing please remember they are a challenging breed to achieve the perfect specimen.
They are all unique and beautiful but not all chicks produced will look exactly like the birds on this page.
We keep only the best example of the breed for breeding.
Sandra Hildreth - Imported 2012
Not recognized by APA
No leg feathering (could still show up from time to time as with all
imported orps). This variety is of average size.
|What to expect in breeding:
This variety of orpington throws a variation in coloring from bird to bird and
generation to generation. The birds pictured here are our actual breeding flock,
however, we have had reports of offspring color ranging from Partridge color
to Isabel Cuckoo.
This variety is incredibly beautiful!
(Can be bred to cuckoo or partridge for gene diversity and color- see chart)
|Release Date - 2013
||Egg Laying - Fertility -Good,150-180 eggs per year. Can be Broody - Peak laying is
between 8-18 months, once hens reach 2 years old longer intervals between laying after molt
could be expected
|The Color Of Crele
The chicks below are all colors of crele