Swedish Flower chicken

Average User Rating:
4.15/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    Cold
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    cream to light brown
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    various
    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.

    Chicken Breed Photos:


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Recent User Reviews

  1. Chickie Newbie
    1/5,
    "Gorgeous and sweet"
    Pros - Very friendly, a total lap bird
    Cons - None so far
    I only have one SFH out of nine various breeds, so I'm not an expert, but Princess Buttercup is my very favorite. She's adorable, about 12 weeks old, and comes running every time I go out there. She's quick to jump in my lap and just hang out and is one of the most beautiful chickens I've ever had. I love her crest. What do you think?
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  2. ShawnIGGYmama
    3/5,
    "HAVE TO HAVE SOME!"
    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?
    Overall:
    3.5
  3. cree57i
    5/5,
    "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.
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    Overall:
    5
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User Comments

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  1. SierraSfhFamily
    It's been a while since I've posted, but one of our SFH seems to have gone broody! We do have a rooster and wouldn't mind having chicks but of course this gal decided to nest on top of a bag of pine shavings. I haven't seen her leave this spot at all in the past couple days (I'm hoping she did get down to eat and drink and I just didn't see). Because of the location I was going to relocate her and the eggs but when I reached up there she didn't even flinch. I'm torn if I should leave her alone or just pick her up and make her move to a nesting box? I will try to post a picture
  2. junglejim70
    I have about 50.....beautiful birds
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. FlyWheel
    I guess no one likes a 'teacher's pet', not even pets!
  7. FlyWheel
    Thor and Freya! great names. are you going to continue the Norse theme if you get any more?
  8. summerb123
    awww! there so ucte
  9. svenskavessla
    Just messaged you! :)
  10. 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.

    Thanks.

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