- Breed Purpose:
- Egg Layer
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- White to Off white
- Breed Temperament:
- Active & Friendly
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Dark & Light
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
The Norwegian Jaerhon is the only chicken breed that is considered truly Norwegian in origin. It was developed around 1920 near the town of Stavanger on the Southern Atlantic coast of Norway from a single pair of birds and imported to the U.S. in 1996.
The hens lay large white to tinted eggs and are considered very good layers. They are active and good foragers and fly very well. Their temperaments are very good, to the point of being friendly with their handlers.
Chicks are auto-sexing, which means they can be sexed at hatch. In the Dark variety, male chicks have a large white patch covering their heads while female chicks have a smaller white dot. In the Light variety, male chicks are nearly all yellow while female chicks have darker striped down their backs.
While a small breed, with the hens only around 3.5 pounds, it is a good layer and the hens lay medium to large white eggs. They are an active and hardy breed, that is rather reactive in temperament and good at avoiding hawks. They are excellent foragers, good and persistent flyers bordering on escape artists, and will roam widely if given the chance.
They are single combed and clean legged. They come in three usual colors, with their feather pattern looking like they have bad barring in dark brown, light yellow, and another color called Flame that was developed by Sandhill Preservation Center.
Jaerhons have single combs and white earlobes. Coloring on the Dark variety is primarily brown with uneven barring, on the Light variety the colors are creamy yellow with darker uneven barring. On both types the color is light near the head and gradually becomes darker going down toward the tail.
Norwegian Jaerhon Egg
Norwegian Jaerhon Chicks
Norwegian Jaerhon Juvenile
Norwegian Jaerhon Hen
Norwegian Jaerhon Rooster
For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-norwegian-jaerhon.1124478/
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Egg layer
Climate Tolerance: All
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: white to off-white
Breed Colors / Varieties:
Dark & Light
Chicken Breed Photos:
Recent User Reviews
"NOt for backyard chicken keepers"
Pros - Pretty.
Cons - FLIGHTY! Will fly over 6 foot fence, need to be in enclosed area of free range.
I have had over 25 breeds of hens in 3 years and this breed is the ONLY only to fly over my fence. I should have listened to the other reviews but I thought since none of my other birds ever flew over even though they could have that none would. Well this crazy girl is doing it almost daily and she wont fly back over so its a pain to get her back into our yard. I will be selling her ASAP. Pictured below is my bird and their yard. No one else has ever gone over in 3 years even though they all could!
Pros - Social, active, forage well
Cons - Hard to find
I have 2 roosters I took in and enjoy them very much. Lovely color pattern! Our flocks free range all day, and they are very inexpensive to keep compared to other breeds. They socialize with my leghorns well, and have helped those hens become more friendly with us. I would love to add hens of this breed in the future. I have not found anything I don't like about them!
"Delightful bird with mellow, agreeable..."
Pros - Great personality, easily tamed, good forager, independent.
Cons - Flies over 6' garden fence even with wing clipped. Not for a small space.
Highly recommend this breed. Lovely feathering which also allows them to hide well from predators (especially hawks). Tenacious foragers. Will happily roam at least twice as far from the coop than the other breeds. Really enjoy several acres of pasture and I wouldn't recommend them in a small run as they would be miserable. Very nice voices and easy to handle. No noisy or talkative, just subtle almost cooing sounds most of the time. Very clever birds.