Breeds of chickens: Altsteirer - Old Styria

Breeds of chickens: Altsteirer - Old Styria

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Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics

Austrian breed common in the Styrian countryside (in Italian Pollo Vecchia Stiria). Known already in the mid-nineteenth century.
Ltsteirer is a heavy-looking rustic breed.

Morphological characteristics

The typical variety is brown (wild). There is also the one with a white coat.
Head with tufts of feathers on the nape of the neck and simple straight worn crest. White beak. Fierce look with red iris. White mumps, small wattles. Thick collar with rich cape. wide abdomen and back. Wide and snug wings. Wide tail. pink white tarsi.
Medium weight:
- Roosters kg 2,5 - 3,0
- Hens 2.0 - 2.5 kg

Brown Altsteirer breed rooster (photo Oswald Hicker

Brown Altsteirer hen and cock

Breed standard - FIAV


Old Styrian breed (Austria).
Minimum weight g. 55
Shell color: ivory white

Rooster: 18
Hen: 16

Common type chicken, early, lively, vigorous and good producer of eggs and excellent white-skinned meat.

General appearance and characteristics of the breed

Trunk: elongated in the shape of a rectangle; wide and well rounded; length / depth / width ratio 8: 5: 3. In the hen typical rectangle shape with almost horizontal back.
Head: finely formed; medium sized. In the smallest possible hen.
Beak: short and powerful; flesh-colored or light horn.
Eyes: red and bright.
Crest: medium size, straight, rising up on the back; simple crest finely cut, with six to eight teeth and a short lobe. Support fold tolerated on the front of the ridge. The hen must have an "S" crest (crush fold).
Bargigli: short and well rounded.
Face: red; garnished with some small feathers.
Mumps: white; as small as possible.
Tuft: small tuft composed of feathers directed towards the back. In the hen fairly rounded and richly feathered.
Neck: abundant cape.
Shoulders: not prominent; well rounded.
Back: long, straight and slightly inclined towards the back. Large rump, rounded laterally, without bearings.
Wings: well adherent to the body; abdominal line parallel to the upper line; do not go beyond the end of the trunk.
Tail: full and wide with large well-arched sickles and numerous small sickles; detected, without being vertical. In the wide and open hen that forms an obtuse agolo with its back.
Chest: well rounded and wide. In the deep hen.
Legs: powerful legs, medium length and visible. Medium length tarsi; fine bone; flesh-colored to light horn. Well spread fingers; reddish between the fingers
Belly: full and well developed. In the highly developed hen.

ROOSTER: Kg. 2,5 / 3,0
HEN: Kg. 2,0 / 2,5

Serious defects:
Coarse skeleton; triangular shape; narrow or short back; flat or narrow chest; tail carried too raised or too flat; habit too high or too deep; crest and coarse head; absence in the "S" ridge in the hen; absence of the tuft; very red in the mumps.

Conformation: richly developed; well adherent to the body; feathers as wide as possible and bright.


Head, forelock and brown-red croup. Red-brown matellina with more or less pronounced and partially hidden black flames. Back, shoulders and small ones cover us with brown-red to dark brown wings. Primary black remiges with brown outer edge. Secondary remiges with black internal beards and brown external beards that form the triangle of the wing. Black wing bands with green reflections. Chest, belly and black legs. Black tail with beetle green reflections.
Plumage of the wild brown coat with black peppering and clearly clear rachis, without traces of light hemming on the feathers. Tuft like the plumage of the coat. Golden brown cape with black flames. Dark salmon breast. Legs and belly a little lighter than the chest, which becomes grayer towards the anal plumage. Slight difference between the background color and the allowed design.
Serious defects:
Gallo: brown traces in the chest and legs; too black in the wing triangle; cape and croup too light.
Hen: background color too light; very coarse pepper; absence of the drawing of the spine; a lot of rust on the small wing coverts; formation of a light border.
In both sexes: floury traces.

Pure white, brilliant in both sexes.
Serious defects: yellow reflections.

Video: Štajerska kokoš. Altsteirer Huhn. Old Styrian hen (June 2022).


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