A Catalana hen walks on a gravel path.

Hugely popular in South America and Spain, Catalanas are excellent in the egg-laying department and valued for their meat as well. With buff-colored bodies, black-tipped tails, large wattles and single combs (which flop over in females), Catalanas are not cold-hardy and thus have not gained popularity in cooler climates. They are excellent foragers that enjoy roosting in trees. They are very rare in North America and can be difficult to find.


Class: Mediterranean
Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
Size: Medium (6-7 lbs)
Rarity: Common
Purpose: Egg-laying
Recognized Varieties: Buff

Egg Facts:

Egg Laying: Very Good (4/wk)
Egg Color: Cream or Tinted
Egg Size: Medium

Fancy Features:

Comb Type: Single Comb
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4

Suitability to Backyard Life:

Cold Hardiness: Not cold hardy
Heat Tolerance: Tolerates heat well
Bears Confinement: Intolerant of confinement
Especially Docile: No
Setter/Broody: No
Personality: Active; love to forage