Pavlovskaja Hen

A young pair of Pavlovskaja
Photo courtesy of Ulf Duell

The Pavlovskaja is one of the oldest Russian breeds. In 1895 it was mentioned in the literature as "an extreme rarity." In the 1980s a couple of cock birds were found by a poultry breeder and crossing these with some other crested breeds, the Pavlovskaja Hen as been saved from extinction. There is now a Russian standard for the breed. Its name comes from the village of Pavlovo in the province of Nizhniy Novgorod.

They have a large upright crest, muff and beard. The feathers should completely surround the leg and should be on all toes, unlike in other breeds of chickens.

The meat is said to be light and slightly gamy.


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The Pavlovskaja hen


Different colorations
Photo courtesy of Ulf Duell

The head of a Pavlovskaja rooster
Photo courtesy of Greenfire Farms

Pavlovskaja cockerels
Photo courtesy of Greenfire Farms

Pavlovskaja females, hen and pullet
Photos courtesy of Greenfire Farms

A fifth toe and feathered legs
Photo courtesy of Ulf Duell

Another Pavlovskaja roo
Photo courtesy of Greenfire Farms


Pavlovskaja chicks
Photo courtesy of Ulf Duell

Closer views
Photos courtesy of Ulf Duell

Pavlovskaja chick and 5-week-old
Photo courtesy of Ulf Duell


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