The Norwegian Jaerhon chicken breed is rather unique. They are small in stature, actually almost the size of a Banty, but their hens are excellent layers of large white eggs.
Size: Standard Male: 5 Ibs. / Standard Female: 3.5 Ibs.
Comb, Wattles & Earlobes: They have a small single comb, wattles, and earlobes. The comb and wattles are red and the earlobes are white.
Dark Brown: They have primarily brown plumage with uneven barring. The brown can vary from light on the head to dark on the body.
Light Yellow: They have cream and yellow plumage with dark, uneven barring.
Place of Origin: Norway
Conservation Status: N/A
Special Qualities: A small bird that lays large white eggs.
The Jaerhon 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.