Thuringians are a confident breed of chicken. They are medium-sized, fast growing and active birds, which begins laying white eggs very early. They are known for their large fluffy beards, ear muffs, and tiny wattles. Both sexes should have a full, undivided beard right up around the face and cheeks. Hens should have a full neck hackle, giving a ruffled appearance.
The breed was first recorded in the Thüringen state of Germany in 1793. The breed was standardised in Germany as the Thüringer Barthuhn (Bearded Hen) in 1907. All colours should have a red face with small single comb and red eyes. Beak should be horn colour and legs should be slate blue.