Other common names: Kokoš Hrvatica
The Croatian Hen was created in 1917, by breeder Ivan Lukas, in the Podravina Province. The breeds' hardy nature, foraging abilities, meat and egg quality, good health, and mothering abilities made it an ideal fowl, and the Croatian Hen quickly became popular throughout Medimurje and Podravina. Today, it is still one of the most common chickens in Croatia.
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Black Gold, Gold Partridge, Red
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Weight: 5 - 10 lbs
Personality: Calm and easy to handle.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very good (4/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large
freerange style, free spirited chickens, good productivity, small home farms, robust fowls
Perfect chick for every home
There isn't a house in my village that doesn't have at least dozen hens and a rooster.
Gallus Gallus Domesticus is a great breed. They like to search for food themselves, enjoy grass, different kinds of seeds, worms, corn... They like to walk around all day and just before sunset they go to the hen house by themselves. You need to make sure they always have enough water and that the hen house is closed at night so that some predator doesn't get them while they sleep. They lay eggs of fine quality every day. As for the meet, it is very tasty and healthy.
I think they are perfect for any household, because they are low maintenance and affordable to keep. In return they give good meat and eggs. They are also colorful and bring a cheerful atmosphere to the backyard with their cackle..
From Dara Aug 31 2014 2:19PM
In my village we usually have Balkan varieties of poultry. Last year, we bought five Croatian hens. According to the seller, it is a breed with very good productivity, both egg-wise and meat-wise. He didn’t lie. We bought the hens as one-month-old chicks and within two months they turned into well-grown, robust fowls, weighting approximately 2,5 kg and laying unwaveringly one egg per day (except of the winter months, when their egg productivity falls into 3-4 eggs per week).
However, I wouldn’t suggest them if your aim is fast and massive production. These birds grow in a normal rate and don’t have excess fat. They are well muscled and sinewy, if grown in a healthy, free-range style, and their eggs are not very large, although they have excellent taste and nutritional quality.
An important feature of the Croatian hen is its good constitution and health. They remind wild foal in the way they sustain harsh weather conditions and love to roam around all day long. They are the most independent and free spirited chickens I’ve ever seen.
And that’s a reason to be cautious with them. They tend to wander far and wide, and they won’t hesitate to nest upon a tree for the night. If annoyed by the human presence they might even try an escape attempt. They are as headstrong as chickens ever go. Thus, I would advice good fencing and a wide area for their keeping.
Aesthetically, they are handsome and healthy looking chickens and they can grow very friendly with their keepers. Our hens keep following my mother around the field like loyal hounds. They are smarter than your average chicken and can alert you of threats like wild foxes or snakes. I believe they are the perfect choice for small home farms and healthy free-range production units..
From skiagraphy Feb 10 2013 7:53AM