Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Breed Temperament:
    Flighty, can be Shy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black-tailed buff.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:

    The Catalana breed was developed in Spain, near Barcelona, as a dual purpose bird. They were created by crossing Castilian chickens with Asian breeds imported during the the 1850's. The breed was first exhibited in 1902 at the Madrid World's Fair. Popular in Latin America due to good heat tolerance, the breed is rare in North America.

    A somewhat flighty breed, Catalanas prefer and thrive in a free range environment, are fair egg layers and do not tolerate extremely cold climates very well, which has not helped them gain popularity in parts of the world, such as North America, where winters can get very cold.

    Catalanas were recognised by the APA in 1949.

    Catalana eggs

    Catalana chick

    Catalana juvenile

    Catalana hen

    Catalana rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: Heat

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. gjensen
    "Catalana del Prat Leonoda, aka Buff Catalana,..."
    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.
    pginsber likes this.
  2. Chickenfan4life
    "Catalana Breed"
    The Catalana is a rare and unique chicken breed that I hope to own someday. [​IMG]

User Comments

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  1. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    They can be found in the black coloration too.
  2. CanadianBuckeye
    Thanks BorneH, I am intrigued- they sound interesting. I wonder how they would fare in southern Ontario.
  3. BorneHomestead
    yes on the white ear lobes, as for leg color I noticed some are green and some are blue colored. I got 2 different batches, 1 in Feb and 1 in May, both stared laying at 23 weeks. The eggs are small to medium size, and I have been seeing some varying shades of off white/cream colored.
  4. CanadianBuckeye
    Has anybody tried this breed in colder climates?
    1. CzyChikenMath
      Not as cold as Canada.. South Jersey I have no problems with my Rooster. Getting pullets this year. I've had him for 2 years. He is awesome!
      CzyChikenMath, Sep 29, 2018
  5. CanadianBuckeye
    BorneHomestead, do your Catalanas have white earlobes and dark legs?
  6. BorneHomestead
    I purchased some from Ideal, currently awaiting them to lay (22 wks old at the moment). So far I like them, so much so that I ordered a straight run batch in May of this year and the males were super fast maturing. Already looking like roosters at 8 weeks old and trying to mate with the broody hens that raised them. A little odd in my book as I have never seen anything like that before.
  7. CanadianBuckeye
    I am trying to find information on this breed. Sounds like they have many great qualities. I believe ideal still sells them, but I don't know what their Catalanas are like. I may try to get some for 2016.

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