A landrace breed originating in Sweden, the Svart Hona shares the fibromelanistic trait of its famous cousin, the Ayam Cemani - they are almost completely black, inside and out. Also called the Swedish Black Hen, this breed is larger, more cold-hardy, and far more rare than Ayam Cemani. Their eggs are small compared to our other breeds, but they lay well and have excellent fertility! Our line includes genetics from both Greenfire and Ewe Crazy Farms. We are trying hard to decrease the mulberrying we're finding in some of our boys' wattles. It is less a big deal for Svarts than Ayam Cemani, but still considered a flaw that we are working towards correcting.
Svart Honas lay on average 250 small-medium white or tinted eggs per year.
Svart Hona hens weigh about 5lbs and roosters about 7lbs.
Svart Honas are exceptionally cold hardy! Roosters have large combs, but we haven't seen any frostbite yet.
Small and flighty, the Swedish Black Hen was made to roam! They are a landrace breed selected to survive outside during harsh Swedish 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 Jaerhons are always up high in the trees or on roofs.