Langshan Chooks

A Rare Breed of Asian Origin

Langshan hen
Black Langshan hen

There are Croad and Chinese Langshans in New Zealand. The Croad Langshan carries its tail higher than the Chinese Langshan and the general outline of the Croad Langshan is ‘curvier’ but for the lay person the differences are subtle. As perfect examples of either variation are hard to find, most are just called ‘Langshans’.

This breed originates from East Asia and is hugely undervalued in this country. Langshans are known to be excellent layers of large eggs and make a high quality table fowl. Langshans were used to develop the Black Orpington and the Black Australorp back in the late 1800s.

Today it is hard to find a Langshan. They are hardly ever seen at poultry shows and few breeders take an interest in them. They are available in Black and Blue.


Langshan cockerel
A rarity: a Black Langshan winning Best Heavy
Breed at the 2013 Christchurch Poultry Show
Langshan chick
Already at hatching the moderate foot
and leg feathering is evident
Thanks to Marina Steinke for supplying the above information and photographs.

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