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Styrian chicken – štajerska kokoš

Štajerska kokoš/Štajerka (styrian chicken) is a sort of indigenous chicken that developed in Slovene Styria.
The Styrian hen developed in the land Styria and used to be widely spread in most of the Alpine lands and beond. Its homeland is thought to be between the rivers Drava and Mura in Slovene Styria. Until the middle of the 19th century it was the most common hen breed in the Slovene Lands. They were popular and in Graz a city square, where they had been sold daily in large numbers, was named Kapaunplatz – kopun was the name for the roosters of this breed. Up to 20.000 roosters were sold yearly to Vienna.

There are several subtypes of this chicken, the most common is the so called jerebičarke. They are known for laying eggs as one hen usually lays between 130 and 160 egg per year, with a weight of cca 55 grams. That may not seem that much in comparison with today’s laying breeds held on farms though … The hen weighs around 2 kg and the rooster around 3 kg. Like the men here, the roosters are true Styrians, often seeking for aufbiks. Thatfor they were and still are considered good protectors.

The Styrian hen was also featured on a postage stamp by the Post of Slovenia.

Some pictures …

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