The Painted Hen
The name “Pita Pinta Asturiana” comes from the Asturian language, in which pita means hen and pinta means mottled or painted. This rare breed is the only bird native to the autonomous Austurias region of Northern Spain. It is one of the most well-preserved areas of the country, full of diverse landscape and rugged coasts. It should be no surprise that such an area, known for centuries for its agricultural proficiency, should be home to such a glorious bird. Sadly, only about 2,000 of them exist today. With that said, our primary focus is preservation! It’s a circle of sustainability that is driven largely by our efforts to keep the birds that we love for many more generations to come.
The Pita Pinta is a compact, medium sized bird, with females weighing out at 6 pounds and males at 9 pounds. Their earlobes are red, eyes orange and their skin is yellow. Many of our customers admire their black spots on their beak and legs, along with their gentle disposition making them a farm favorite. These are sizable, resilient birds that lay an abundance of cream-colored eggs.
The Pita Pinta is characterized in four color varieties, Pinta Negra (mottled black), Pinta Roxa (mottled red-brown), Blanca (white) and Abedul (black). In the Pinta Negra variety the feathers are black, edged with white, giving the characteristic mottled look. We currently have the black mottled variety available only.