Have you heard about the talk about the Cinnamon Queen Chicken? Whether you have or have not yet, we will fill you in on it in this discussion! By the end, you will see what the craze about this chicken is!
Today, allow us to introduce the Cinnamon Queen Chicken to you. You might not have caught wind of this chicken yet. However, it is one you want to know. It might not be a head-turner, but it holds many surprises, and good ones, at that!
There is a lot to talk about and know about this feathery friend. With that, let us not dilly-dally anymore. Let us get right into this discussion!
Background and History of Cinnamon Queens
The Cinnamon Queen is still new to the scene. With that, it is not surprising that not many have caught wind of it yet. Additionally, it is also why this chicken does not have much of a story for us. However, there are two things to note about its history.
First is what brought about this chicken.
The desire to have a chicken that has it all brought this chicken to the scene. That is a chicken that is resilient, productive, and efficient. As you might be happy to know, this desire did not only remain a desire. The breeders succeeded at bringing such a chicken to the scene. Hence, the Cinnamon Queen was born.
Second is how this chicken got to the scene.
With the first point above, the Cinnamon Queen may sound like a dream. With that, it could be easy to assume that breeders had to go to great lengths to bring it about. However, breeders did not have to look far and wide. The chickens that brought this new breed to the scene are two crowd favorites. That is, a Rhode Island Red and a Rhode Island White, with the former being a male and the latter a female.
Keep these two points in mind as we go along. This humble beginning will make some things we will discuss later on about the Cinnamon Queen make much more sense.
Breed Standard and Appearance of Cinnamon Queens
First thing, first. As you might have already guessed, this chicken is a hybrid. With that, the American Poultry Association does not recognize it. In other words, it does not have an official breed standard.
Note: As you will see in a bit, the Cinnamon Queen is many things. However, as it is not recognized by the APA, being a show bird is not on top of the list. At best, a Cinnamon Queen might only be able to join a local contest or competition.
While this chicken might not have an official breed standard, it does have typical physical characteristics one can expect to see in all Cinnamon Queens.
First, let us talk about first-generation chicks. These chicks are either white or red. Additionally, they are color-sexable, with males sporting white downs and females having red ones.
Once the chicks turn into adults, they retain the same coloring. However, hens might sport some white feathers here and there. On the other hand, males could have red spots. Generally, adults are compact and heavy, with males weighing around 8 pounds and females 6 pounds. (As you can see, the Cinnamon Queen can make a good table bird!)
As for this bird’s appendages, its legs are not feathered and tend to sport a yellow hue. On the other hand, its combs and wattles are average-sized and, of course, red.
Things get a little complex with second-generation Cinnamon Queen chicks. As we have said earlier, this chicken is a hybrid. They will not breed true. That is, mating a Cinnamon Queen with another of its kind will not make another Cinnamon Queen. The second-generation chicks will not look the same as their parents. They will come in varying colors and will no longer be color-sexable.
Personality and Temperament of Cinnamon Queens
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|Disposition||Cinnamon Queen Chicken|
There are many productive chicken breeds out there. Sometimes, the disposition of these birds becomes a deal-breaker. However, you do not need to worry about that with this chicken!
The Cinnamon Queen is a docile breed. However, it does not end there. This bird is also friendly. With that, it can be an ideal choice for a first chicken.
On the other hand, you do not have to worry if you already have an existing flock. The Cinnamon Queen is also friendly with other birds and does well with other breeds. You do not have to worry about it causing trouble.
Additionally, the Cinnamon Queen is also kid-friendly. It will likely not attack a little one for nothing. It can deal with kids. You do not have to worry about it causing little humans trouble for no reason.
In addition to being docile and friendly, this chicken is also sweet. With that, when it comes to personality and temperament, the only problem you might face with this chicken is clinginess. However, that will likely not be a problem if you are ready to give a little bit of loving and petting from time to time.
Note: While the Cinnamon Queen is generally docile, friendly, and sweet, it is still possible to meet a mean one. As you might already know, chickens, like people, are not all the same.
Egg Laying of Cinnamon Queens
|Feature||Cinnamon Queen Chicken|
|Annual Give||Approx. 300|
|Start of Lay||Approx. 16th Week|
The Cinnamon Queen is known for being a good table bird. On the other hand, it is also well known for being docile and sweet. However, there is one more thing on that list. One we cannot forget to mention. The Cinnamon Queen is also known for its egg-laying capabilities!
As we have said earlier, this chicken is productive and efficient. That is seen best with its egg productivity.
For one, this chicken begins laying at an early age. Generally, chickens start laying by the 18th to 22nd week. However, the Cinnamon Queen can already begin giving some eggs by the 16th week!
Additionally, the Cinnamon Queen can give around 300 eggs annually. Now, as if that is not enough, the eggs it gives are big! Still, that is not all. It is also a dependable winter layer. While other hens will stop giving around this time, the egg production of the Cinnamon Queen will only decrease. However, it will still give!
On the other hand, there is an aspect of egg laying that the Cinnamon Queen does not excel in. That is, giving eggs for breeding.
If you want the Cinnamon Queen to lay some eggs for you to hatch and raise, that is possible. However, as we have said above, this bird is a hybrid and will not yield real Cinnamon Queen eggs and chicks.
Note: There are sellers and hatcheries claiming to have true Cinnamon Queens. No such thing exists. Such claims are likely only for a marketing gimmick. Beware.
Still, as we have said, hatching and raising the chicks of this bird is possible. While you cannot expect a Cinnamon Queen to give you another Cinnamon Queen, you can still expect its offspring to be a good layer too.
Health Issues and Care of Cinnamon Queens
|Point||Cinnamon Queen Chicken|
|Lifespan||Avg. of 3 Years|
|Issue(s)||Reproductive Problems, Lifespan|
|To Do||Feed Properly|
|Not to Do||Force to Lay|
The Cinnamon Queen has many good qualities. However, it is not a perfect bird. It has some health issues you ought to know about.
As you likely already know, chickens generally live around five to ten years. However, the average lifespan of the Cinnamon Queen is only three years. As you can see, it is a lot shorter than the average lifespan of a chicken.
On the other hand, being a good layer, this chicken is susceptible to various reproductive problems.
As you can see, there are a few health issues concerning the Cinnamon Queen. However, not all hope is lost.
For one, while the average lifespan of this chicken is only three years, with proper care, there is a way to prolong its life. However, you might want to keep in mind that even if the attempt to lengthen the life of this chicken succeeds, its egg productivity will continue to diminish.
On the other hand, yes, this chicken is susceptible to various reproductive problems. However, as long as the Cinnamon Queen does not get pushed to lay more than it already is doing so, lethal problems should not be that pressing. Still, as we have already said, egg quantity and quality diminish with age. At some point, it will be almost impossible to avoid dealing with shell-less eggs and other similar problems.
Finally, while reproductive problems are the most pressing issue with the Cinnamon Queen, taking precautions for common health concerns is ideal. Vaccinations and such should be considered, especially if you have a flock.
4 Tips for Raising Cinnamon Queens
With all that we have talked about the Cinnamon Queen, you might be thinking of taking one or two or a dozen home now! Well, let us share some tips for raising these chickens, then!
1. How to Feed the Cinnamon Queens
Being a massive layer, keep in mind that the Cinnamon Queen needs more nutrients than other chickens. This chicken needs lots of food.
Commercial feeds are often not enough to keep them healthy and laying abundantly. You want to make sure their diet has lots of proteins and calcium. Some things you might want to include in their diet are:
Note: Before you give your chicken any treat, make sure to do some research first! There are treats you should not let chickens eat!
2. How to Protect the Cinnamon Queens
As we have said above, you will likely have no trouble integrating this chicken with your flock and letting them play with kids. That is, on their part. While this bird will unlikely cause trouble, it can find itself in the middle of one.
If you already have a flock, make sure you do not just put your Cinnamon Queen with your other birds. As you might already know, a flock establishes a pecking order. A new bird can bring chaos to this order. If the newbie is aggressive, it can likely fend for itself. However, being a docile creature, a Cinnamon Queen can get bullied if you have aggressive breeds.
On the other hand, whether it is a Cinnamon Queen or another breed, make sure you tell your little ones how to handle chickens if they want to mingle with them. A Cinnamon Queen will not just attack, but it could if threatened.
3. Giving Cinnamon Queens Love (And Treats!)
As we have said above, this bird is a sweet one. With that, prepare to give your Cinnamon Queen some affection from time to time. This bird is almost always in it for pets and treats!
4. Keeping Some Distance from Cinnamon Queens
It is not hard to fall in love with the Cinnamon Queen. Despite that, they are not really pets. As we have said above, the average lifespan of this bird is three years. Enjoy their company. However, emotionally keep some distance from this bird to save yourself the heartbreak for when they have to leave.
Today, we got to get up close and personal with the Cinnamon Queen Chicken. As you have seen, it might not look the part, but it has plenty to boast!
However, the Cinnamon Queen is not the only chicken with a thing or two to boast about and brag about. If you want to get acquainted with other chickens and know their special traits and characteristics, you might want to check out our other talks. We still have a lot of feathery friends to introduce!
That will be all from us for now, but we hope to see you around soon!