Alsterier or Styrian Hen
The alsterier is an ancient breed of chicken going back to the 13th century in the Steria region of Austria & Slovenia. They are one of the first identifiable european developed breeds of chicken, and were the foundation of many Mediterranean breeds as well as the Sulmtaler.
Our birds originated from Greenfire Farms in Florida, USA. Our first impression was that they are robust and hardy and handled shipping very well with absolutely no losses. Personality wise, they are very calm, not flighty at all. They are inquisitive and curious, friendly but independent. They are known to lay large amounts of white eggs, the hens are rarely broody and are said to be prolific and calm. Roosters are good table birds and have a nice, round, well muscled body. They are practical with their small crest that doesn't impede normal chicken function, they have white legs and are the black breasted red variety.
The Alsteriers are easy to care for, very rare and produce large quantities of food. We hope to use them as complimentary birds for increasing the gene pool for working with the Sulmtaler, and vice-versa.
You can find more information on our website briarwoodpoultry.weebly.com
And, check out the Greenfire Farm Alsterier page for photos of the parent stock