Breeds of chickens: Orloff nana

Breeds of chickens: Orloff nana

Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics

Origin: selected in Germany from 1920.

Morphological characteristics

Bearded dwarf chicken with a pronounced fighting character.
Colors: Tricolor, Mahogany, White, Black, Sparrowhawk and Black Speckled White
Medium weight:
- Gauls 1.2 kg
- Hens 1.0 kg

Orloff Nana breed (photo

Breed standard - FIAV



Origin: selected in Germany from 1920.
Egg minimum weight g.35
Shell color: pink

Rooster: 15
Hen: 13

Bearded dwarf chicken with a pronounced fighting character.

General appearance and characteristics of the breed

Trunk: mighty; habit detected. Hen with less detected habit.
Head: medium size; very wide on the front; medium rounded; well-pronounced eyebrow arches.
Beak: short, powerful and not very curved; yellow, with dark top, except in the white variety,
Big eyes; pearl-colored to orange-red iris; they seem smaller because of the prominent eyebrows and which give the look a gloomy appearance.
Crest: with bearing and deep set; partially garnished with feathers on the back of the base; well implanted on the skull. In the much less developed hen and also here with some small feathers.
Bargigli: shriveled and hidden by the beard.
Face: red; partially hidden by the beard.
Mumps: unimportant; hidden by the beard.
Beard: wide and full beard, strong favorites that extend under the lower jaw.
Neck: long, in a straight line, it forms a well-marked corner with the nape; abundant cape that does not hide the shoulders and which forms under the nape of the neck, due to the shaggy plumage a kind of mane, even in the hen.
Shoulders: wide, clearly evident.
Back: medium length; wide and flat; inclined. Wide rump with numerous lanceolate, but not too long.
Wings: quite long; flow rates tight to the body; wing pommel a little prominent.
Tail: proportionally short, wide and raised, almost at right angles, with numerous fairly long wavy sickles.
Chest: wide, not prominent. Legs: legs of medium length, well spread and with tight plumage; well evident. Tarsi of a good medium length, smooth; orange yellow to lemon yellow. Powerful fingers; medium length; well spread out.
Belly: wide and well developed. In the most developed hen.

ROOSTER: Kg. 1,2
HEN: Kg. 1,0

Serious defects:
Absence of fighting character; narrow, delicate body; underdeveloped belly; very tight chest; rounded or too narrow back; strong formation of bearings in the croup; habit too high; too underdeveloped beard; plumage on the tarsi; long, fine or straight beak.

Conformation: tightened on the head; in the cape not too long, but very abundant and shaggy on the nape; it descends to the shoulders without covering them; full rump but without bearings; full and medium-long plumage in the tail; quite rarely on the chest of sorts that the duvet comes out when the goiter is full.


Shiny dark mahogany red background color, a little lighter in the cape and on the back than the back, shoulders and small wing coverts. Most of the feathers show a design similar to the millefiori variety with a mahogany background color, black middle part and white end. On the whole, the design appears not very homogeneous and regular; The white end of the feathers is often larger. The beard is white, some black feathers are allowed. Chest and black legs with brown traces and white feather ends. Bandages of the wing bluish green up to bright black, with more or less white ends. Secondary remiges with brown external beards and internal beards with, on some, white design. Primary brown remiges with black and white traces. Some entirely white remiges are allowed. Black helmsman with some white ends. Black sickles with green reflections.
Brown-red background color. The design recalls that of the millefiori variety, with a brown background color, black sequins and the terminal part a white pearl, but it is less regular and less clearly delimited. The beard is largely white. Remiges like those of the rooster. Brown tail with some black and white designs. The white pattern expands with the age of the subject.
Serious defects:
Gallo: opaque background color, without reflections or too light; a lot of brass in the cape and on the rump; very brown in the tail.
Hen: background color too light or highly irregular; much peppery in the plumage of the coat.
In both sexes: heavily washed-out design; predominantly brown or black feathers in the beard; more than one entirely white secondary rowing agent in young subjects.

Background color like that of polished mahogany with a lot of brilliance. Beard, front of the neck and chest black, feathers more or less mahogany towards their base. Black tail with strong green reflections.
The background color corresponds to that of the rooster, however a little less bright. Some black traces tolerated in the wing coverts and in the beard.
Serious defects:
Rooster: plumage without brilliance and black wing triangle.
Hen: light edging in the plumage of the coat.
In both sexes: background color too light or strongly irregular.

White; yellowish reflections allowed in the cape and on the back.
White cream.
White down jacket.
Serious defects: yellow reflections too strong; feathers of other color.

Velvety black with strong green reflections. Black down jacket that changes to whitish towards the
Tarsi with a dark veil to be judged clemently in the hen.
Serious Defects: opaque plumage; floury tracks; color of tarsi too impure.

Each feather crossed, in multiple alternation, from black and bright blue; the bars are slightly arched. Bars of the same width in the rooster, in the hen the dark bars are wider than the light ones. The drawing is not clear. Beard with sparrowhawk design. Down jacket only faintly designed.
Slightly dark tarsi in the hen to be judged clemently.
Serious Defects: completely shaded sparrowhawk design; complete absence of the sparrowhawk design in the helmsmen and sickles; floury tracks; yellow highlights.

Intense black background color with strong green reflections. The ends of the feathers with white tips. Black beard with white feather tip. In the rooster and young subjects, the black background color dominates the whole. In the hen, drawing distributed as a whole as regularly as possible. Up to two white primary remiges are tolerated on each wing. With age the white pattern extends. Black down jacket, in the rooster it fades to white towards the base.
Serious defects: background color rust or black gray; white duvet in the hen; absent, hemmed or very coarse design; too white in the helmsmen and sickles; white anal plumage.

Video: E41 Orloff-Hühner im Rasseportrait bei HAPPY HUHN - eine russische Hühnerrasse, Orloffs in Rotbunt (October 2021).