Other common names: Swiss Imperial Hen; Poule Suisse; Schweizerhuhn
The Swiss Imperial Hen was created in 1905, by breeder Albert Weiss of Amriswil, Switzerland. To develop the breed, Mr. Weiss crossed together the White Orpington and White Wyandotte. A club was created for the breed in 1910, and together members established the breeds' standard of perfection.
After, World War II, the Swiss Hen became very rare because of the introduction of new and more commercially efficient poultry. In 1992, the Swiss Imperial Hen’s name was changed to the Swiss Hen. Thankfully, a few breeders have been able to maintain the breed's existence.
Varieties (Rosecomb): White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Weight: 2.5 - 4 lbs
Personality: Calm and easy to handle
Preferred climate: Cool
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large