Shumenska Chickens

aka Black Shumen

A Black Shumen cockerel
Photo courtesy of Hristo Hristov


This is an old breed from Bulgaria, although in the mid-Twentieth century some Minorca and Rhode Island Red blood was crossed in, probably to save the breed. It is only kept by a few breeders now, as well as the Poultry Institute in Bulgaria.

It only comes in Black. The hens produce 150-160 white eggs per year. Skin color is white, ear lobes are red. This is an early maturing breed, with roosters reaching 4.4 lb (2 kg) and hens 3.3 lb (1.5 kg).


Shumenska pullets
Photos courtesy of Hristo Hristov

A Shumenska cockerel
Photo courtesy of Hristo Hristov

A flock of Shumenska
Photo courtesy of Hristo Hristov

Black Shumen hens
Photo courtesy of Hristo Lukanov

A Black Shumen roo and his head
Photos courtesy of Hristo Lukanov

The egg of the Black Shumen
Photo courtesy of Hristo Hristov


Shumenska chicks
Photos courtesy of Hristo Hristov


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