The Catalana Chicken is a medium-sized bird noted for its hardiness. It is not well known in the United States but is widely distributed through South America. Catalanas come closer to being a dual-purpose breed than any of the other Mediterranean breeds.
Characteristics: Less tolerant of close confinement; active, vigorous, avoids human contact. Cold hardy and a frequent brooder; good mother and quick maturing.
- Standard Weights: Cock-8 pounds; hen-6 pounds; cockerel 6-1/2 pounds; pullet-5 pounds.
- Skin Color: White.
- Egg Shell Color: Cream.
- Use: An ornamental fowl with fairly good egg and meat production potential.
- Origin: Spain
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.