Other common names: Buff Catalana; Catalana del Prat Leonada; Prat
The Catalana chicken breed is a Mediterranean-type breed which was developed in Catalonia, Spain. According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), "The breed was introduced to the rest of the world at the 1902 World’s Fair held in Madrid, Spain. It was favorably received, and, by 1949, had been admitted to the standard in America as a recognized breed. The Catalana chicken attracted a limited following in the U.S. and Canada, but was popular in Latin American countries."
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Black Tailed Buff
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Bantam: 28 - 32 oz
Largefowl: 6 - 8 lbs
Personality: The active Catalana is an excellent forager, that generally avoids people.
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: Not close confinement, but large pens are acceptable.
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Tinted
Egg size: Large
excellent moms, fantastic layers, good foragers, largest eggs, egg color
human interaction, pretty flighty birds
Mediterranean breeds, Catalan region
Buff Catalanas don't look like this photo!
Buff Catalanas, from the Catalan region of Spain, are gorgeous birds--the second largest of the Mediterranean breeds, and layers of the largest eggs. They are fantastic layers, the hens are very gentle, and they're good foragers. The roosters are even more beautiful (if you look at Picasso's roosters, you'll see they're all buff Catalanas). And the roosters are sweeties, nice to the hens, easy to deal with. The catalanas are without any doubt the easiest and most gentle of the Meds, which include leghorns, minorcas (also pretty easy), Spanish, and some pretty flighty birds. I highly recommend them--they very occasionally set, and when they do, they're excellent moms (though this is really not a reason to get them--breeds such as cochins and shamos are much more likely to set when you want them to).
From Mendocino Aug 2 2010 9:48PM
Necessary for Flock Health
Providing adequate space for all flock members is necessary for maintaining flock health. When chickens don't have enough space disease can spread rapidly and the flock can become ill and die. It is recommended to have a minimum of four square feet of space for each chicken in a coop. .
From Mia B 158 days ago