Pros: Productive. Active. Confident. Easy to manage. Good examples are attractive.

Cons: Very very rare.

 Catalanas could use more keepers in the States.  I found some authentic Catalanas after a long search. They were worth the effort. I have been impressed with their style, smarts, and confidence. They are all business. They are however, easy to manage and not flighty as some might expect. They lay a nice white egg, and plenty of them. Even up to and through the winter. Catalanas are a breed accepted into the Standard and on the verge of disappearing here in the States.

 They are certainly worth the effort and earn their keep.


Developed in Spain, near Barcelona, as a dual purpose bird. First exhibited in 1902 at the Madrid World's Fair. Popular in Latin America due to good heat tolerance, rare in North America. Admitted to APA in 1949.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceHeat
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFlighty, can be Shy
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlack-tailed buff.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassMediterranean
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: Heat

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Flighty,Shy  to quite trusting

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Black-tailed buff.

Breed Details:

Also known as Buff Catalana, or Catalana del Prat Leonada, or just Prat. Eggs vary from white to light cream or light pinkish. Body from light buff to golden-red, tail iridescent greenish-black. Legs not feathered, slate to greenish; earlobes white, wattles red. Comb single with 6 points, erect in males, can be floppy in females. Chicks buff, with or without faint chipmunk markings. Hardy, active, good foragers. Hens are said to be unlikely to go broody, but one of my two did so within a few months of first laying. The other one went broody for the first time at age 2 1/2, and seems to be a great mother so far (just a few days after hatch). Said to be the best meat bird of the Mediterranean breeds. My two Catalana hens are not really friendly to humans, but also are not aggressive.


Addition from chicksandweeds: My buff catalanas, even though I could not spend a whole lot of time with them as your chicks, are turning out to be quite friendly after a shy phase and by 5 1/2 months come running looking for treats. This is also the time I got the first egg. If you are looking for a dual purpose breed, some of the cockerels are huge.