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Svart Hona

Average User Rating:
4.42857/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental, egg laying
    Comb:
    Single
    Egg Productivity:
    Good
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Off-white
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, easily handled, great free rangers
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black
    Breed Size:
    Medium
    Color:
    Black
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    The Svart Hona (Swedish Black Hen) is a Fibromelanistic breed meaning their bones, meat, eyes, comb, legs, and feathers are solid black. There are other breeds that have the fibromelanistic gene which makes them all or mostly black, but the Swedish Black Hen is known as the blackest breed in the world. Another all black breed, the Ayam Cemani, is the close cousin to the Svart Hona. The breeds are extremely similar with most differences hard to spot. Svart Honas should not be confused with its cousin the Ayam Cemani, although they are very similar in appearance. The main difference is that the Svart Hona has a less “gamey” appearance compared to the Ayam Cemani.

    A little information on the breed: The Svart Hona are a small chickens, although not considered bantams. Svart Honas weigh between 5-7.5 pounds and the hens are excellent layers of off-white eggs. For the size of the hen, the eggs are extraordinarily large often almost as big as some of my Large Fowl Orpington eggs. These birds are excellent fliers and enjoy roosting high off the ground when given the opportunity. Because of their abilities, these birds make amazing free-rangers. The roosters are alert and take great care keeping an eye on the hens. If something sets off “the alarm” the chickens will fly to the nearest cover quickly usually escaping danger. However, just because these birds are excellent fliers it does not make them unfriendly and flighty. My Svart Honas are some of the friendliest birds on my property and crave attention from their caregivers. They will fly up to your shoulder, or walk and sit in your lap looking for treats. Another great plus for the breed is that they are exceedingly healthy, eggs are extremely fertile, and I have amazing hatch rates. I am not the only one to experience this; other breeders report 98% vitality.

    Here is some history on the breed: Svart Honas, also known as Swedish Black Hens, were imported to Sweden in the 1800’s from Mozambique, but Svart Honas originated in Indonesia. A nice straightforward breed to keep, its total jet-black appearance often arouses the curiosity of those who come in contact with it. Svart Hona’s are still extremely rare and as of 2013, there are very few known flocks in the entire United States, one of which is ours. The birds are even extremely hard to find in Europe to this day.

    The Svart Honas are amazing, unique birds that would accent anyone’s flock nicely. These birds are definitely conversation pieces as anyone who walks onto the property will have to know, “What in the world is that chicken?!”

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    Svart Hona egg

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    Svart Hona chick

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    Svart Hona juvenile

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    Svart Hona hen

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    Svart Hona 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/the-svart-hona-swedish-black-hen-thread.806031/
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Recent User Reviews

  1. HeiHeisMom
  2. BantyChooks
    5/5,
    "Gorgeous Birds"
    I have a pair of 6-month-old Svarthöna and I quite like having them around. They're very docile and easily tamed, in fact, they're annoyingly friendly at times. They are a smaller bird, so their eggs aren't full size, but that's just a minor inconvenience.
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  3. 0wen
    5/5,
    "Great birds"
    Pros - Friendly, curious, docile
    Cons - egg production
    My Svart Hona are among my favorite birds. They always come over to interact or see what's happening when I go to the coop/run and neither the hens or roosters have shown anything but the best behavior. My SH rooster is my dominant flock rooster and is easy when mating the girls. He's in a coop with 14 pullets and another rooster (barred rock bantam) and they get along fine - both crow, both mate the hens, etc.

    I hatched a few just to add to my flock and all ready planning on expanding in the spring and eventually moving them to their own breeding pen (along with some hobby project crosses). I can't recommend them enough - the only down side is that their production isn't great, but I knew that going in.

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    Overall:
    5
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User Comments

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  1. Chook to chook
    We happened across a local breeder that just happened to have one of these when we picked up our EE. We got her as an adult who was handled very little so I suspect that is why she is not as friendly as the rest of our hand raised flock. She is a very spritely little bird who is a joy to watch. Her eggs are more pink and bantam sized and a bit sparse compared to our other layers. If you need a broody bird to hatch some eggs, THIS IS YOUR BIRD. She adds interest to our flock for sure. I would have loved getting her as a chick but I don't think that would be an option since I'm assuming they are hard to sex and we are not zoned for roos.
  2. goedric
    I have these as well, and they are both smart and friendly... especially the hens... i have noticed that some of the roos have sapphire blue earlobes.. quite striking... i was told by some other breeders that black and sapphire ear flaps are acceptable but white should be culled. My birds are 100% black except the sapphire earlobes on 2 of 4 roosters... also, one rooster has a floppy comb... assuming it's a bad thing but cannot find any reference to the standard here... the only reason i don't cull him is that his sapphire earlobe is the most striking... i am thinking of breeding to enhance the sapphire earlobes.. because i think its more beautiful and also to help distinguish between Svart Hona and ACs... sorry for the bad pics (actually no pics cant figure out how to upoload)...
  3. Gdove419
    I have two of these birds. They are young, about 2 months old, but they are friendly and so pretty, with very black feathers that have a green sheen to them in some spots. Also black combs, legs, wattles. They also have an almost musical sound to them when they are chirping. Unusual and so pretty.
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  4. BlueJayFarm
    Since this was a fake review, I take back my thumbs up!
  5. 0wen
    As mentioned above - related to Cemani but a different bird. If you want pets, these guys win hands down - amazing personalities, friendly, curious. I can't say enough about them really - My rooster just turned a year old and have had zero signs of aggression from him - my kids handle him regularly; I never even think about him being anything but pleasant whenever I'm in the coop with him.
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  6. Hens rule
    So cute! The black combs and wattles are cool.
  7. Jensownzoo
    I asked someone who had both Cemani and these which ones they prefer personality-wise...the Svart Honas won out.
  8. arrowti
    They are related but different species.

    I might add this to my 'want' list... :)
  9. AustralorpsAU
    Are these the same as Ayam Cemani?
  10. Purpletie3
    No,that is the Svart hona, LKA....Black Swedish Hen. They are said to have been one line at one time with the Cemani's.They are also rarer than the Cemani's. Very similar. All black melanistic chickens.

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