1. Svart Hona
The Svart Hona is a medium-sized breed that stands out primarily for its fibromelanistic coat. The Svart Hona and the Ayam Cemani are the other two poultry breeds that are entirely fibromelanistic. The characteristic of fibromelanistic birds is that their entire body is black, including their plumage, skin, bones, and meat.
Extremely cold-resistant Svart Honas are renowned for being exceptional foragers. The hens are excellent mothers for brooding, while the cocks are guardianship-personified yet amicable. Svart Hona Poultry produces medium-sized, creamy white eggs that are of exceptional quality.
Unique Attributes: The Holland is the rarest poultry breed developed in the United States. It is a dual-purpose, white-skinned breed that is resistant to cold and is one of the few American-classified varieties capable of producing white eggs.
In addition to being excellent layers, the chickens make excellent brooding mothers. The Holland breed matures gradually but attains a substantial size when it is completely developed.
Characteristics that set it apart: The Onagadori is a long-tailed poultry breed. The rooster’s tail feathers have the potential to attain a maximum length of 27 feet. This is feasible due to the rapid growth of their tail feathers and their infrequent molting.
Japan is the birthplace of the Onagadori poultry, which is presently regarded as a National Natural Treasure of Japan. As of their current designation as a National Natural Treasure of Japan, Onagadori is no longer eligible for exportation. An estimated 250 Onagadori poultry species exist globally, with the majority being endemic to Japan.
This breed is predominantly utilized for exhibition purposes due to its lightweight nature and the poor layering ability of its hens.
4. White Sultan
Particular Qualities: The Sultan is an exceptionally distinctive chicken breed, possessing virtually every distinctive quality that a chicken could possess. It frequently has a full crest of feathers on top of its head that obscures its average-sized V-shaped comb.
Additionally, the Sultan adorns its visage with a beard feather muff. The vulture hocks and low-carried wings of this breed indicate that the feathers on the hock region of the limb point in the opposite direction of descent. In addition to having feathered shanks and toes, these chickens have five digits per foot, whereas the majority of chickens have only four. The chickens of the heat-tolerant Sultan are merely adequate layers.
Unique Characteristics: The Erminette resembles a Dalmatian in the world of chickens. They are a breed of medium-sized chickens that are hardy to the weather, excellent foragers, and productive layers. Additionally, chickens make excellent brood mothers when given the opportunity.
The Erminette, despite its distinct coloring, does not reproduce true to color. The progeny produced by the mating of two Erminette can exhibit the breed’s signature white and black mottling, be entirely black, or be white.
A small, densely feathered body with a single, feathered comb, feathered shanks, or clean legs. Unique Characteristics: Developed in Sweden, the Hedemora chicken is an exceptionally cold-resistant variety that continues to produce abundant eggs despite low temperatures.
In order to conserve body heat, hedemoras have a compact body and a dense layer of down feathers close to their body.
As a landrace breed, the Hedemora is available with silkie (also referred to as wooly), smooth feather-legged, and smooth clean-legged feather varieties. The Hedemora, being a landrace breed, lacks a discernible color variant. A Hedemora breeding flock must contain a variation of plumage colors and all three feather types for optimal genetic diversity.
7. Derbyshire Redcap
A large rose-shaped comb, a variety of colors, including scarlet and brown body feathers and black tail feathers, and clean-legged.
The Derbyshire Redcap’s voluminous rose comb is one of its distinguishing features. The Derbyshire Redcap is bred to have an exceptionally large rose comb with multiple points, measuring at least 3 inches in length, and a medium spike known as a ‘leader’ on the rear of the comb.
A further distinctive characteristic of the Derbyshire Redcap is that its genetic lineage is comparatively unpolluted, with little crossbreeding. This indicates that the breed is exceptionally resilient and resistant to disease and illness. The chickens produce high-quality, white eggs.
8. La Fleche A La Fleche
The La Fleche is a sizable poultry breed that stands out for having a V-shaped comb, which has earned it the nickname “devil bird.” The breed derives its appellation, “the arrow,” from the shape of its V-shaped comb. In addition to being efficient foragers, La Fleche chickens rarely brood, which contributes to their consistency as layers. The La Fleche is a breed that thrives in warm climates as opposed to frigid ones due to its heat tolerance.
Unique Characteristics: Despite being a small poultry breed, the Campine is still regarded as a versatile variety. The chickens produce quality, small white eggs when laid. Their limited hardiness is a contributing factor to their status as an uncommon breed.
The hybridization of Silver Campines and Golden Campines can result in the production of auto-sexing offspring that require sexing upon hatching. The down feathers of the female chicks will be reddish in color, whereas the males will have gray feathers atop their crowns. C
It is improbable that alpine chickens will go broody. The Campine is an adept forager that can tolerate high temperatures but not low ones.
Unique Characteristics: Due to its extreme rarity, little is understood about this exotic poultry breed. Short legs, mustache and crest feathers, and feathered feet make this particular breed stand out as a bantam. The precise number of Burmese chickens in existence is undisclosed; however, a small number of devoted breeders around the globe are believed to maintain an estimate of fewer than 102 birds.
A Hatchery Selection Process for a Rare Chicken Breeder When contemplating the addition of a rare poultry breed to your flock, make every effort to procure them from seasoned breeders who are well-versed in the breed and who employ selective breeding techniques to safeguard its genetic material. Additionally, you should consider whether the breed is suitable for your environment and the climate of your region.