The Padua hen, a very beautiful ornamental hen

You must have already seen this little ornamental hen in the harbor so proud that she is Padua hen. Its many colors and its beautiful and large crest on the head and under the beak make it look very funny, but also make it a beautiful ornamental animal. If you don’t know her, then you can read this little file to get a bit of her privacy.

The origins of the Padua hen

Some say that the Padua hen comes from Poland in reference to “Poland”, others think that she is fromItaly related to the city of the eponymous name. In both cases, it is a question of assumptions and not of affirmations, because neither of the two origins is certified to this day. In 1855, a certain Dame Passy indicates that this crested little hen was introduced to France by King Stanislas Leczinski when he was dethroned in 1720 to settle in Lorraine. The Padua hen was called the Pompadour hen, because the Pompadour particularly liked it, then it was renamed the Padoure hen before taking the name we know today. This very ancient breed was perfected in England in the 19th century and Holland in the 20th century to have the current appearance.

First cousin or even race?

The Padua hen is very similar to the Dutch crested hen. In several countries, these two small birds are considered to belong to the same breed. Like the Dutch crested hen, the Padua hen should not have a crest, but a large crest instead as well as a beard and sideburns. The hoopoe of the female is more voluminous and round, tall and spherical than that of the rooster. His beard completely covers his throat and it is well separated from the sideburns themselves. quite prominent.

The different plumages of the Padua hen

The Padua hen is bred to be a ornamental bird. Its plumage is quite varied. In France, we mainly find the Chamois which is ocher and therefore the border of the feathers is off-white and the Black. In other colors, there are also:

  • The silver
  • The golden
  • The White one
  • Blue
  • The cuckoo

Padua hen health

The Padua hen is a dwarf breed and its health is quite fragile. It is not rustic and requires fairly important hygienic conditions in a partially and completely dry covered enclosure. If its hoopoe gets wet from the rain, the Padua hen can experience health problems. This animal fears humidity which can bring respiratory problems like coryza or cold.


The Padua hen is a crested breed particularly attracting certain parasites such as lice arriving to hide in his long feathers. It is therefore necessary to inspect it very regularly and to treat the animal quickly. It is possible to cure this problem with diatomaceous earth, but it is absolutely necessary to avoid getting it in the eyes. This hen is also often hampered by her crest to see. It is then necessary to ensure that it manages to locate its feeder and its watering trough. If the feathers disturb her to move, then do not hesitate to point them to clear her field of vision.


The Padua hen is an average layer, but she is a very good brooder. Once adult, she lays between 100 and 120 eggs per year. They are white, elongated and weigh 35 g.

Standard of the Padua hen

In England, the general standard of the Padua hen indicates:

  • A dwarf fowl
  • A medium size
  • A straightened outfit
  • A port of medium height
  • A full round hoopoe
  • A dense beard
  • Plumage developed and tight to the body
  • An alert attitude
  • A calm and familiar temperament

His body should be:

  • Wide at the shoulders
  • Thinned back

His back should include:

  • Average length
  • Little inclined
  • Going up in line slightly hollowed and short towards the tail
  • Numerous lancets

The neck is:

  • Way
  • Port raised
  • A little arched
  • Generous coif

The hoopoe is:

  • Big
  • Spherical
  • Pretty
  • Has long narrow feathers on all sides

Barbs are minimal as well as mumps. The face is red and smooth for a strong, medium-length bill with well-pronounced nasals. The rooster must have a well pronounced tail, quite high with arched sickles. The thighs are straight, strong with tight plumage, and the tarsi are quite strong, smooth and have four toes.

The mass of the Padua hen

The Padua hen weighs about 700 g against 900 g for the rooster. The hatching eggs weigh 37g and are a minimum of 35g with a white shell.

To buy a Padua hen, there are several breeders in France. Just search the internet and you will find them online.

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