Norwegian Jærhøns

A Light Yellow cock and Dark Brown hen
Photo courtesy of the Norwegian Poultry Club, from their Information Sheet

The only truly Norwegian breed, Jærhøns were developed around 1920 near the town of Stavanger. This is an active and hardy breed and lays a large white egg. Cocks weigh around 2 kilos (5 pounds) and hens about 1.5 kilos (3 1/2 pounds). Day-old chicks are sexable by color.

Two varieties exist: dark brown and light yellow. The pattern on the hens is like a cross between barring and spotting. The males have "bad" barring on the breast and legs. The rest of the bird is white, with some yellow/gold/brown in the hackle, back and tail.


Jærhøn Links:

Jærhøna - den einaste norske hønserasen

Marta's Norske Jærhøns - in Norwegian


A Light Yellow cockerel
Photo courtesy of Tage Nondal

A Dark Brown hen
Photo courtesy of Tage Nondal

A trio of Tage's Jærhøns
Photo courtesy of Tage Nondal

A Light Yellow Jærhøn cock
Photo courtesy of Tage Nondal

Another shot of Tage's rooster
Photo courtesy of Tage Nondal

Another rooster
Photo courtesy of Tage Nondal

A Dark Brown hen, on the left, and a Light Yellow hen
Don't ask me why the Light Yellow looks darkest. Tage says it was the light when photographing.
Photos courtesy of Tage Nondal

Another Dark Brown hen
Photo courtesy of Tage Nondal

Dark Brown (left) and Light Yellow cockerels
Photo courtesy of Tage Nondal

My Jærhøn rooster "Tage"

A pair of Pam's Jærhøns
Photos courtesy of Pam Marshall

Another Jærhøn rooster
Photo courtesy of Gustav Flatabø

A Jærhøn pullet from Norway
Photo courtesy of Marta Sundal

A trio from Sweden
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

Flame Jærhøns, a true breeding variety that spontaneously appeared in the Sandhill Hatchery flock; two shots of my male, "FrostFire," and one of his hens


Two Jærhøn chicks: cockerel on left, pullet on right
Photos courtesy of Tage Nondal

3 Jærhøn chicks from above

A brood of Jærhøn chicks


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