Russian Pavlovskaya Day old chicks

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The Pavlovskaja is one of the oldest Russian breeds. In 1895 it was mentioned in the literature as "an extreme rarity." In the 1980s a couple of cock birds were found by a poultry breeder and crossing these with some other crested breeds, the Pavlovskaja Hen as been saved from extinction. There is now a Russian standard for the breed. Its name comes from the village of Pavlovo in the province of Nizhniy Novgorod.

They have a large upright crest, muff and beard. The feathers should completely surround the leg and should be on all toes, unlike in other breeds of chickens. The meat is said to be light and slightly gamey.  Pavlovskaya hens are known to be extremely cold hardy and have unique feathering on their feet that is similar to the feathering on wild grouse. A Russian myth describes the origin of this exotic breed as an illicit tryst between a chicken and grouse. Despite their hardiness the breed all but perished in the Soviet era Less than 1500 in the world. Our stock comes from Green Fire farms. More info: Pavlovskaya or Pavlovskaja in Russian is the most ancient breed of chicken in Russia. By the time Russian began to take stock of their native chickens in the late 1800’s, Pavlovskaya hens were almost virtually extinct. In 1885 it was mentioned in literature as “ an extreme rarity”. Many centuries ago the breed emerged in the town of Pavlovo, Nizhniy Novgorod province, about 200 miles from Moscow. Pavlovskaya’s all but perished in the Soviet Era. Today very few of these remarkable birds remain even in their native Russia and are virtually unknown outside of Russia. The breed is believed to be the foundation breed of the Polish, Brabanter, Apenzeller Barthuhner and Apenzeller Spitzhauben. The breed is on the small size with roosters weighing 1.8 kg and hens 1.4 kg. They have a pleasant personality being curious, lively and trustful. The hens only lay about 70-90 white eggs per year. The meat is light and gamey. They have a flattened “ helmet form “ crest, high cavernous nostrils, v-shaped comb, beard, muffs, totally feathered legs “grouse legs” { which means the whole leg has feathers inside and outside and all around, even the toes}. They are extremely hardy even staying out in -36 C degree weather roosting in trees with no frostbite. Colors: Gold, Silver, black and white, pumpkin and calico.



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