Svarthöna, Bohuslän-Dals svarthöna, or Swedish Black Hen in the US, is a landrace breed of chicken. They were added to Sweden's gene bank in 1991.
Hens weigh between 2.5 and 3.5 lbs and cocks can weigh between 3.5 and 4.5 lbs. Their legs are smooth and they have 4 toes. Legs and beak are slate grey to black. The earlobes are usually black, but sometimes white or with hints of white or red. Hens have a small to medium comb while cocks have a medium to large comb. Combs are single, straight, and serrated. Their skin, skeleton, and beak are black. Feather color is normally black but sometimes cocks can develop other colors in their saddle and hackle feathers. White feather color may occur. Feathers are smooth but occasionally woolly feathers appear.
The gene bank advises against selecting for feather structure or color as to not change the characteristics of the breed.
Hens lay around 150 small off-white to beige eggs per year. They can go broody and make good mothers. As with most landraces, they adapt well to their environment and are generally resistant to disease.
We are currently working to build our flock of Swedish Black Hens. We are hoping to be able to share them with you next year (2023)
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