The old swedish dwarf hen
To look at, the breed hasn’t changed much since the 1800s. The plumage is wild-coloured, the comb and parts of the ear red. The body is short and powerful with a lofty bearing.
Though weighing barely 30 grams, the tiny eggs of the Old Swedish dwarf hen are proportionately larger than those of other hens.
In the 1860s, Bankiva hens were introduced via the East India Company. The Old Swedish dwarf hen probably originates from these, as does today’s standard Swedish dwarf hen.
The breed has all the fine qualities of a country hen: they are good foragers, lively, hardy and remarkably resistant to inbreeding.