Other common names: Styrians Chicken, Celje Hen, Stajerke, Old Styrian Hen, Altsteirer Huhn
The Altsteirer is an ancient breed of chicken from Styria, a state in southeastern Austria. The Altsteirer dates back to the 13th Century, and is thought to be a foundational breed for many of the common Mediterranean breeds.
Varieties (Single Comb): Barred, Blue Gold Neck, Partridge and White.
Uses: Eggs and Meat
Weight: 5.5 - 6.5 lbs
Personality: Alsteirer chickens are known for their curious and friendly nature.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very good (4/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Medium
What else you should know:
The Altsteirer enjoys foraging and will fly and perch in tree branches.
Two Summers With an Altsteirer
My first encounter with this type of chicken was eons ago when I was still in high school. We used to spend our summers away from the city in our grandparent's house and my grandpa had loads of farm animals. One of these animals that he used to take care were chickens. There were different kinds of them, mostly local ones common to Philippine territory and occasionally, he had imported breeds such as an Altsteirer. Contrary to my grandpa's local chickens, the Altsteirer was plump with a thick layer of feathers to protect it from cold weather. She was agreeable in general, very productive and thrives well when free ranging. Another upside about this breed is its egg-laying ability. Her eggs were definitely of superior quality as well as her meat. At times when my grandpa is away for some errand, I get to feed personally feed her and look after her when she's free ranging in the daylight. At night though, we had to secure her in a hen house as my grandfather has had an incident of thievery with his other poultry. So basically, my grandfather only had her for a year since she was slaughtered for meat consumption the next summer. I miss our Altsteirer but her meat is really good..
From mauriet29 Aug 1 2015 11:55PM