The only truly Norwegian chicken, the Jaerhon is a small autosexing breed that lays large white eggs. They are active foragers and prefer to free range. We have two lines - one from Ideal Poultry and one from a private breeder who imported her birds directly from her family's hometown in Norway back when it was legal. Chicks need a bit more TLC and adults are more fragile than other breeds - we are working towards increasing hardiness.
Jaerhons lay on average 215 medium-large white or tinted eggs per year.
Jaerhon hens weigh about 3.5lbs and roosters about 5lbs.
Jaerhons are extremely cold hardy, but roosters can get frostbite on their large combs.
Tiny and flighty, the Norwegian Jaerhon was made to roam! They are a landrace breed selected to survive outside during harsh Norwegian winters. They do not do well locked in a run 24/7. People say chickens can't fly, but these little guys sure act like they can! They and our Svart Honas are always up high in the trees or on roofs.