The Barthuhner was originally bred in the 1870’s in the Appenzell province of Switzerland. A local nobleman, Lord Zust set out to create a chicken breed that could tolerate the cold weather of the region and that could forage for food.
The Barthuhner was popular, in Switzerland, for a brief period of time but, by 1963, the breed was nearing extinction and Lord Zust’s grandson began a campaign to save the breed from extinction. According to Greenfire Farms, who imported the breed to the U.S. has gone on record as stating, at that time, there were fewer than 100 specimen, worldwide.
Since its importation a few years ago, numbers in the U.S. are probably in the hundreds.
The Barthuhner is an ideal backyard chicken. It’s docile, yet the roosters are highly protective of their hens. They are said to lay 150 to 190 large white eggs per year. The Hens weigh 7 to 8 pounds and the Roosters weigh about 9 pounds.
Available Late Fall