Other common names: Norske Jærhøne
The Norwegian Jærhøne was developed in Norway in the 1920's, by breeders Trond Hansen and Johan Viker. Together, they crossed native stock from areas surrounding the coastal town of Stavanger, to create the largefowl version of the breed. Viker later made the bantam variety, and it was accepted in 1994.
The Jærhøne was imported to North America in 1994, but was never recognized by the American Poultry Association. Today, the breed is very uncommon.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Dark Brown and Yellow, Light Brown and Yellow
Weight: 3.5 - 5 lbs
Personality: Energetic and easily startled
Preferred climate: Cool
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
Because of its barring the Jærhøne can be sexed by color as soon as they hatch. The cockerels will hatch with more white on their heads.