Svart Hona (Swedish Black)
Black to the bone!
Black beauty is not skin deep for the Svart Hona chicken. This rare bird is pigmented though and through; comb, tongue, beak, eyeballs, organs, bones and muscles. The blackness arises from genetic trait known as fibromelanosis which causes excessive pigmentation in the bird’s connective tissues. Roosters especially have iridescent feathers that refract sunlight into green and purple hues. Interestingly, Svart Hona eggs are white or cream to pinkish in color, and are medium sized.
Svart Honas have curious personalities and are great foragers. Our flock eschewed the coop and chose to roost 12 feet up in a pine tree. They can be 100% free range, are very intelligent, and are extremely good at evading hawks. They are excellent mothers, building nests in rabbit hutches and incubating their own eggs, then raising babies outdoors. They tolerate both cold and hot weather well, though the points of the rooster's comb are vulnerable to frostbite. Mine are not lap chickens, but come running for food and enjoy following me around the yard as I do my chores.
Distantly related to the Ayam Cemani of Indonesia, the Svart Hona was developed in Sweden as a landrace breed. Roosters weigh about 4-7 lb, hens weigh about 4 pounds. Fibromelanosis is a dominant trait, which means a pure-strain bird can carry a recessive gene that might show up as white spots or other undesirable color variation. White toes and feathers sometimes crop up in these birds.
Straight run chicks
Day-old to 4 weeks $12 each
Straight run Juveniles
Age 4 weeks to 8 weeks $18 each
Pullets over 8 weeks $30 each
Cockerels over 8 weeks $10 each or free with a pullet
Hatching eggs $2 each
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