Hamburgs mature quickly and are considered good egg producers. Their eggs are rather small with white, glossy shells.
The Hamburg chicken is a small breed—cocks tend to weigh only 5 lbs
and hens about 4 lbs with slender legs and a neat
rose comb. The bird comes in more than ten different varieties,
including: Silver Spangled, Golden Spangled, Golden Penciled, Citrone
Penciled, Silver Penciled, White, Black, and more recently-Citron
Spangled in bantam form. Penciled breeds are smallest and self-colored
birds are largest. There are also bantam Hamburgs, which weigh about 1.5 lbs. Hamburgs are hardy, active birds who are capable of flight and often excited around humans.