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Swedish Flower chicken

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    cream to light brown
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.
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  • 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.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ShawnIGGYmama
    Pros - Unknown
    Cons - I don't have one yet
    I absolutely love the idea of not knowing what you'll get! It's like being 6-years old and wondering what the prize is in a box of Cracker Jacks! I've ordered several chicks, but I really want BUDDIES for a Salmon Faverolle and Mille Fleur d'Uccle! Can someone tell me how many eggs a week they usually lay AND are they good layers in the winter?
  2. cree57i
    "Chicken Eye Candy"
    Pros - Smart, Friendly, Good Foragers, Beautiful
    Cons - Roam when foraging
    These are my absolute favorite chicken. Each one of them has their own personality, as well as their own unique patterns and colors of "flowers". They will run to you when they see you and come over to check out whatever you are doing. Rarely to never aggressive, they are exceptionally curious and will walk in the house or perch on an open car door. I love these hearty, gorgeous chickens who seem to truly like human interaction, but are also independent enough to forage. They mix well with other breeds too.
  3. BlueJuniper
    "Wonderful sweet breed"
    Pros - Total lap chicken
    Cons - None at all
    When ever I call my girls, my sweedish flower hen Ethel, comes running into my arms. They are excellent foragers, always finding the bugs here and there. She is a total lap chicken, and loves to cuddle. Because of her sweet nature, she is on the bottom of the peking order, and is constantly picked on. But it is a wonderful breed (and is my favorite of my flock [​IMG])

User Comments

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  1. 2MorrowsDream
    I found this breed by accident while surfing the internet. I feel in love with them just on their pictures alone. I have ordered some through a breeder. I should be receiving my babies this week!!! Super excited. Can't wait for them to feather out so I can see what unique feather patterns they have. I plan on incubating eggs next spring with them.
  2. Rudies Roost
    Yep...I love them too. I only have 2 hens currently but I'd love more. They are like having a pet dog....follow you everywhere and mine jump on me for anything. Greedy demons and highly intelligent. I'd recommend them to anyone. Decent layers too.
  3. Cerise1924
    She sounds so sweet! Our "underhen," as my daughter calls the one at the bottom of the pecking order, is also the most loving and cuddly.Enjoy your lap chicken!
  4. FlyWheel
    I guess no one likes a 'teacher's pet', not even pets!
  5. FlyWheel
    Thor and Freya! great names. are you going to continue the Norse theme if you get any more?
  6. summerb123
    awww! there so ucte
  7. svenskavessla
    Just messaged you! :)
  8. fluffybuff
    I am considering getting some Swedish Flower chicks and I also live in NM. Would you consider sell some hatching eggs or chicks if you have any? I live in Grants, and I'm assuming you are in Farmington or Aztec area. Would love to start a small flock of the flower hens.

  9. Raven625
    I raise these birds because they aren't only pretty, but they are incredibly friendly, and intelligent. By far the easiest to handle, active foragers, and very weary of predators. Egg production is great. Can't say enough about this breed, I absolutely love them and will work to preserve them for years to come.
  10. Sylvester017
    @BrendaChick - I am not a SLW or GLW owner but I don't think I will ever have them. Tilly's Nest had a SLW that was so mean that other hens in her flock were becoming mean so the SLW was rehomed. Tilly's Nest got a new batch of chicks with a GLW in the group and then there was a write up that the GLW was getting bossy. MyPetChicken.com said Wyans tend to be dominant so that was enough write-ups for my friend and I to ignore getting them. So I'm not surprised in your theory about mixing SLW/GLW roos with other roo breeds. I believe the Wyans should only be with other assertive breeds and not mixed with gentler breeds like Ameraucanas, SFHs, etc. Wyans are a gorgeous breed but I settle for non-combative breeds to eliminate drama in my backyard flock.

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