Norwegian Jaerhon

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  • 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:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose: Egg layer

    Comb: Single

    Broodiness: Seldom

    Climate Tolerance: All

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity: High

    Egg Size: Large

    Egg Color: white to off-white

    Breed Temperament:
    Active, friendly

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Dark & Light

    Breed Details:

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Albertan
    "Good article!"
    Pros - Great layer and auto sexing!
    Cons - Flyer but I was told a Hamburg would fly. Mine not so much!
    I would love to try this breed! So different and auto sexing! :love Pretty too!
  2. Ariel188
    "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!

    pginsber likes this.
  3. jchny2000
    "Outstanding roosters"
    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!
    pginsber likes this.

User Comments

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  1. FriendofFeathers
    Does anyone know of breeders? I can't seem to find any on the NPIP site.
  2. S-t-o-n-e
    does anyone know where someone could buy some of these
  3. Abriana
    They are very pretty chickens
  4. Ariel188
    They actually think its funny.
  5. OverEggstended
    Neighbors probably not to happy with her either, I bet!
  6. hellbender
    Ariel188..........Oh my. So many people thumb their noses at fate. In so many ways, your chicken lot looks ideal. But For...........
  7. Ariel188
    Actually she would not because any of my birds can hop on the rock wall, then onto the egg box (in the back by the fence behind the coops) and then on top of the fence. VERY easy for even the heavy breeds to get out if they wanted yet none do. I am selling her asap.
  8. piglett
    clip the flight feathers & she will stay home
  9. jchny2000
    Have added 4 hens, love this breed! Nice large white eggs.
  10. goatluver20
    Where did you get yours? How much did they cost?

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