The Norwegian Chicken also known as Jaerhons, is the only breed that is credited to Norway. It was developed around 1920 by breeders around the town of Stavanger on the southern Atlantic coast of Norway. The breed first made its way to North America only recently, around the turn of the century. These birds are small, hardy, and active and are good fliers. The hens do not tend to go broody and they often wear themselves out by laying lots and lots of large eggs.
The breed has not yet been recognized by an poultry association in North America.
Characteristics: They have a small single comb, wattles, and earlobes. The comb and wattles are red and the earlobes are white. They are small in stature, actually almost the size of a banty, but their hens are excellent layers of large white eggs. Jaerhons are small, hardy, and active birds that can fly well. Hens don’t tend to go broody.
- Standard Weights: Cock-5 pounds; hen-3 pounds; cockerel-4 pounds; pullet-2 pounds.
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: An egg producing variety.
- Origin: Norway
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.