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. Details: Detail Value Breed Purpose Dual Purpose Comb Single Broodiness Seldom Climate Tolerance Heat Egg Productivity Medium Egg Size Medium Egg Color White Breed Temperament Flighty, can be Shy Breed Colors/Varieties Black-tailed buff. Breed Size Large Fowl APA/ABA Class Mediterranean Pic by @gjensen Pic by @TexGardenGirl BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/catalana BYC Breed Discussion: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1140116/shank-color-pattern-of-inheritance-catalanas/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/462200/buff-catalana-chickens/0_30 Do you own Catalanas? Are you a Catalana breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!