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I acquired this pair of Olandsk Dwarfs from Greenfire Farms very recently.  They've taken to me very quickly and aren't the least bit flighty.  I've noticed they are very social and seem to love being around other birds, we've really enjoyed having them so far - they are excellent lawn ornaments.  smile  I can't wait to see what they grow up into.  I thought I'd share a description about them and a few pictures.  The cockerel is a month of so younger than the pullet.  Still working on names. . . smile  Is anyone out there familiar them?

Olandsk Dwarf:

Giant pandas, viewed by most people as the very symbol of endangered animals, currently number about 2,500 adults in the wild.  Take half that number about 1,300 individualsand you have the global population of blue whales.  Halve that number again and youre describing the remaining population of mountain gorillas; about 650 secretive apes living deep in the forests of Rwanda.  But, mountain gorillas are almost common compared to the number of Olandsk dwarfs a beautiful little chicken from Sweden-- remaining in the world.  In 1989 there were 54 of these birds on the planet, and today there are fewer than 200.
       
Olands is the second largest island in Sweden; a strip of land about 85 miles long and 10 miles wide anchored near the mainland along the southeast coast.  Here, centuries ago birds simply known as British garden hens (a literal translation of the Swedish word for this precursor landrace) were brought to the island, and from these birds the Olandsk dwarf emerged as a distinct breed.  Olandsk dwarfs are cold-hardy birds that lay smallish white eggs.  Their feathers are a wild, splattered canvas drawing from a palette of red, black, white, and gray.  Dwarfs are active foragers and socialize well in a flock.

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Edited by BLaBauve - 7/2/11 at 12:23pm
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6 dogs, 5 cats, & a backyard flock of hens: Coro/Silver/Light Sussex, BLRW, Ameraucana, EE, Buckeye, RIR, Light/Dark/Buff Brahma, Lemon Blue Cochin, Barred Rock, & Swedish Flower Hens.
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Never seen anything like them - beautiful birds! 

deb g

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Do you have them in the US?

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Yes, I live in Georgia. smile I think Greenfire imported them about a year ago.

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6 dogs, 5 cats, & a backyard flock of hens: Coro/Silver/Light Sussex, BLRW, Ameraucana, EE, Buckeye, RIR, Light/Dark/Buff Brahma, Lemon Blue Cochin, Barred Rock, & Swedish Flower Hens.
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Hi!  I never heard of them either, but that's interesting information.  They look like cute little birds.
Good luck!
smile
Lisa

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Black/Blue Ameraucana, Black/Splash/Blue Frizz-'Aucana, Cuckoo-'Aucana, Black/Splash/Blue/Barred Rock, Naked Necks bantam & LF frizzled/blue/barred/green-egger, etc.  Chocolate, black, blue Muscovy ducks.

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The pullet is maturing some, becoming a little bit redder in the face.

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The Urban Coop : http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Urban-Coop/221693484516549

6 dogs, 5 cats, & a backyard flock of hens: Coro/Silver/Light Sussex, BLRW, Ameraucana, EE, Buckeye, RIR, Light/Dark/Buff Brahma, Lemon Blue Cochin, Barred Rock, & Swedish Flower Hens.
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The Urban Coop : http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Urban-Coop/221693484516549

6 dogs, 5 cats, & a backyard flock of hens: Coro/Silver/Light Sussex, BLRW, Ameraucana, EE, Buckeye, RIR, Light/Dark/Buff Brahma, Lemon Blue Cochin, Barred Rock, & Swedish Flower Hens.
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post #7 of 680

Wow, gorgeous photos of beautiful birds!!  They are adorable!!

Finally a chicken wrangler!  I've got 6 salmon Faverolles who hatched on 10/21 that are growing quickly and being spoiled.   Such wonderful little creatures!
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Finally a chicken wrangler!  I've got 6 salmon Faverolles who hatched on 10/21 that are growing quickly and being spoiled.   Such wonderful little creatures!
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Originally Posted by wishingbee 

Wow, gorgeous photos of beautiful birds!!  They are adorable!!


Thanks, we adore them!

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6 dogs, 5 cats, & a backyard flock of hens: Coro/Silver/Light Sussex, BLRW, Ameraucana, EE, Buckeye, RIR, Light/Dark/Buff Brahma, Lemon Blue Cochin, Barred Rock, & Swedish Flower Hens.
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The Urban Coop : http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Urban-Coop/221693484516549

6 dogs, 5 cats, & a backyard flock of hens: Coro/Silver/Light Sussex, BLRW, Ameraucana, EE, Buckeye, RIR, Light/Dark/Buff Brahma, Lemon Blue Cochin, Barred Rock, & Swedish Flower Hens.
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I just love these little guys smile  They are so cute smile

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All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, and all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God Made them all
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The little cockerel is getting so handsome - the colors coming in are amazing!  They're very quiet birds so far, which I appreciate. 

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The Urban Coop : http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Urban-Coop/221693484516549

6 dogs, 5 cats, & a backyard flock of hens: Coro/Silver/Light Sussex, BLRW, Ameraucana, EE, Buckeye, RIR, Light/Dark/Buff Brahma, Lemon Blue Cochin, Barred Rock, & Swedish Flower Hens.
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The Urban Coop : http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Urban-Coop/221693484516549

6 dogs, 5 cats, & a backyard flock of hens: Coro/Silver/Light Sussex, BLRW, Ameraucana, EE, Buckeye, RIR, Light/Dark/Buff Brahma, Lemon Blue Cochin, Barred Rock, & Swedish Flower Hens.
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