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Swedish Flower chicken

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Pros: Amazing beauty! No two exactly alike. Curious, excellent foragers, wary of predators

Cons: None really unless you want a breed for the table

Early this year, I was looking into some new breeds of chickens to get and by chance I happened to find pictures and information on the SFH. One of the best things that happened to me! :) I was so impressed with their beauty that right away I got some hatching eggs. That was all it took and I was hooked! I use to raise paint horses and my first thought is that these birds are like the paint horses of the chicken world! No two are exactly alike and they come in so many colors and patterns. They also come in crested or non crested versions, adding even more variety. To watch a group of these stunning birds forage out on the green grass in summer is awesome!  I haven't hatched my own yet but look forward to seeing what new colors I can come up with. A friend that has these birds told me that every time she hatches she finds herself keeping more chicks to add to her flock because she sees a new color or pattern she didn't already have! It's very easy to find yourself with more than you planned on having.

 

My flock is young and the oldest have just started to lay so I can't say much about how good of layers they are yet but will update that later. They are referred to as a "dual purpose" breed, but these are more of a medium sized bird that I would not consider the most practical breed if you wanted birds for the table but that's ok with me since I will raise other breeds for meat and keep the SFH for their eggs and beauty. Of the ten or so breeds I keep, the SFH are one of the two or three best foraging breeds I have. They are out there searching for bugs and eating grass all day while most of the others stay close to the feed bowls.  They are very aware of their surroundings and any potential dangers. Most of my SF seem a bit on the high strung side but then having developed as a landrace breed that learned to survive on it's own, I can see how their "energetic" personalities would be an asset in avoiding predators! My "calmer" birds would likely be the first to be caught and eaten!  They also seem to be more hardy and disease resistant than many other breeds. On the website of their original importer, Greenfire Farms under FAQs, they claim that the breed has shown resistance to Marek's disease.  Luckily I hadn't had a chance to find that out first hand but they do seem to have better immune systems than some of the other breeds I have.  If I had to get rid of most of my breeds, the SFH would be one of the ones I would just have to keep!

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Pros: I love the diversity. Color. Some crested some not. Good layers. Personality plus.

Cons: Only negative so far is that roosters have a tendency to get aggressive.

After 50 years, and LOTS of chickens, I can easily say that this is my favorite breed! The hens are very friendly, and curious, always checking everything out. They are good layers, with the eggs being a nice large size. My EEs probably lay more in quantity, but my Swedish lay the largest eggs in my coop. The eggs range in color from brown to near white, with light cream being the norm. I can't free range my flock any longer because of stray dogs, but they are excellent foragers, with the roosters alert and protective. The downside being that I have noticed that roosters have a tendency to become aggressive. I have never had a people aggressive Ameraucana/EE, but have had to cull several SFH roosters that became VERY aggressive. Fortunately not all get aggressive, so its a matter of culling until you get the right one. The only other down side that I can see is that they are so pretty, and so different, that you always want more! "I wonder what the next hatch will produce"! Visitors are always drawn to the Swedish pens, and I have had several comment that "those are the prettiest chickens that I have ever seen"...and I agree.

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Pros: Hardy, friendly chickens that do well free ranging

Cons: Haven't found any negatives yet.

As Forrest Gump said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get!"

 

Hatching and raising Swedish Flower Hens is the same way. With so many possible color combinations and varieties, you just never know what you're going to get. I currently have 6 SFHs and each is unique. The colors are beautiful, and as a flock they adorn my yard better than any flower garden! Not only that, but they free range most of the day and keep our bug population down.

 

I have a couple other breeds of chickens and none of those range as far as my SFH. My SFH also are quick (they run everywhere), alert and on the look out for danger, yet so friendly that they will run up to me when ever I come outside.

 

These are great chickens to have if you like a lot of color variety in your flock, and enjoy friendly birds!

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Pros: Want them

Cons: None

Is there any body here that can ship me Crested Swedish Flower Hatching eggs Here in Canada around May Must be able to ship to Port au Port or Stephenville, Newfoundland. A0N1T0 and How much will it cost me in total ??

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Pros: These birds are curious and colorful. They blend in well with their surroundings. Not broody. Do well in confinement.

Cons: None

I currently have a flock of one rooster and 8 hens. I live in the mountains of So. Cal. We get hot temps and below freezing temps. These birds do well in both. They're very aware of their environment when free ranging. I've raised 6 roos to adulthood. Only one was aggressive. Mine free range most of the time, but when I have to leave them locked in their run all day they do just fine. There's been no bullying or picking on one another. Very easy going birds.

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Pros: Good Layers, Amusing Temperaments

Cons: None yet!

Have 4 of these funny girls, hatched here. Average growth rate, laid right at 6 months as expected, no issues. None of them turned out with crests, but the range in colors is neat. Three of the four have Blue points on a red base, and you don't really see that in other breeds. Another is red and white speckled. One is solid red, with only blue in the tail. Some are sweet, one is mean. Reasonably tame without a whole lot of hands on rearing. Not flighty. Curious. Just normal chickens really, with neat coloring.

 

Egg color... 2 lay the expected light beige. The other two lay white. Mine didn't come from someone who was picky on the breeder birds, they're purebred as that was the only breed on the farm, but there was no culling for specific traits (egg color, crests, etc)... so it really was "You get what you get" variety. I'd like to see the breed retain the range of colors, but gain consistency with having crests and laying the beige colored eggs instead of white.

 

They can go broody, seems inconsistent in the who and when. Mean streaks are in there if you don't cull it out from the breeding stock. Overall I'm pleased with them.

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Pros: Friendly,Colorful

Cons: none

I've only had these for a short time but they add lots of color to any backyard and more then enough personality to a flock.

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Pros: Good Layers, Great Mother Hens, Easy Going

Very much suited for Pennsylvania Climate.  I bought 5 of these SFH chicks from a fella near Blue Knob. I raised them in a pack and go in my bedroom until they got too big for it.  Moved them out  to their new coop in the middle of winter. They did quite well. Only used the heat lamp when the temps dipped into the teens.  

Swedish Flower chicken
Description:

From the Greenfire Farms website: Swedish flower hens emerged as a landrace several hundred years ago, the product of a now forgotten mix of primitive breeds that were brought to Sweden by settlers and conquerors. As a landrace, this breed was not intentionally created by a breeder carefully selecting birds as part of a structured breeding program. Rather, this breed was created through natural selection and random pairings as the breed adapted to the climate and conditions of the Sydskånska Plain in southern Sweden.Swedish flower hens are the largest breed of chickens native to Sweden. Roosters can weigh as much as 8 lbs. With the commercialization of Sweden’s poultry flocks in the last half of the 20th Century, this breed almost became extinct. A couple of decades ago remnant flocks were identified in three small, rural Swedish villages and a focused effort was made to save the breed. By the late 1980s fewer than 500 birds existed in the world. Today, about a thousand Swedish flower hens live in about fifty scattered flocks, and until Greenfire Farms began working with this breed, few if any could be found outside remote villages in Sweden. Swedish flower hens are called blommehöns in Swedish; literally ‘bloom hens.’ The complex and brilliant color feather patterns of the birds do, indeed, evoke the image of a tangle of wildflowers. Their full visual appeal can’t be adequately appreciated unless you witness firsthand the rich and striking colors of the birds. Few breeds are as practical as Swedish flower hens. The roosters have a powerful upright bearing and a broad chest. The hens are prolific layers for most of the year, and they far out-produce other breeds like Orpingtons. The first ‘pullet eggs’ produced by a young Swedish flower hen can be rather small. Be patient: Within a few months the hens will be generating extra-large eggs that are perfect for the table. The breed is also well-adapted to colder temperatures. Occasionally, flower hens have a feathered head crest, although the woman from whom we received our first shipment of birds selected against this trait in her flock. We later were able to locate and import four crested birds from an unrelated flock, so we have the ability to produce genetically diverse chicks in both the crested and uncrested varieties and in all the colors associated with this breed: black, gray, white, and red.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceCold
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeLarge
Egg Colorcream to light brown
Breed Temperament
Breed Colors/Varietiesvarious
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA Class
Broodiness
Comb
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual


Comb: Single


Broodiness: Average


Climate Tolerance: Cold tolerant

 

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium to high


Egg Size: Large


Egg Color: Cream to light brown

 

Breed Temperament:

 

Calm, inquisitive, friendly

Breed Colors / Varieties:

 

Crested and un-crested, various colors, referred to as the "Flower Hen"  or blommehöns in Swedish; literally ‘bloom hens.’ because their spots look like flowers.

 

 

Breed Details:

 

They are a landrace breed, meaning that they adapted naturally to their surrounding environment.

They were created in Sweden and are very cold hardy.

Can still take the heat.

Very rare, they nearly became extinct in the late 1980s, when fewer than 500 birds existed in the world.

Fair well in a free range enviroment.

 

Chicken Breed Photos:

 

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Rooster
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Chick
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Adolescent
 
 
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