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Svart Hona

Svart Hona (Swedish Black Hen)

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Svart Honas, also known as Swedish Black Hens, are cousins of the Ayam Cemani and were imported to Sweden in the 1800’s from Mozambique. The Svart Hona has totally black plumage with a green tint when the sun hits it right. Oddly enough, the beak, skin, eyes, and bones are also varying shades of black. The meat is dark colored and combs and wattles are purple black.  The black gene is dominant and is what allows the black color to spread and include the beak, feathers, and bones.

The breed became popular in Sweden because of its hardiness, egg laying abilities, and free ranging skills. The hen lays about 140 small off-white eggs per year. Svart Honas are always black and weigh around 5 to 7.5 pounds (2 to 3 kilos.) and are one of the most docile breeds we have ever encountered. 

A nice straightforward breed to keep, its total jet-black appearance often arouses the curiosity of those who come in contact with it. Svart Honas should not be confused with its cousin the Ayam Cemani, although they are very similar in appearance.

Svart Hona’s are still extremely rare and as of 2012, there are only 2 known flocks in the entire United States, one of which is ours. The birds are even extremely hard to find in Europe. We went through great lengths to source the best possible stock from Europe in hopes to start the breed off right in the U.S.

This unique breed would accent anyone’s flock and would definitely be a great conversation piece for any poultry enthusiast.