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.

    Swedish Flower chick

    Swedish Flower hen

    Swedish Flower Rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-swedish-flower-hen.1158821/
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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. rhondademulder
    "Very Colorful - Surprises in every eggs hatched."
    Pros - Sweet , friendly ,inquisitive and very smart ! The variety in color can be very remarkable and very surprising- .
    Cons - Tendency NOT to go broody! Incubation in a bator can be VERY challenging in my experiences the hatching after pips can go wrong very quickly. ***Cannot Breed Crested to Crested Birds** very important !
    My FAV Breed of Chickens ! I Love this unique landrace breed and I have a wide variety of color variations - Black Milles,Blue Mottled, Blue bases, Splashes and Reds -all unique and slightly different- which is an asset to the breed. The variety can also include Crested Hens too ! My birds come to me immediately when i call them or approach their outdoor and indoor pens. Roosters are friendly and good tempered - but good at their manly role 'Jobs" of breeders and protectors. I have had very very few mean Roosters (although they are hand fed from babies ). Roosters can be raised together with minimal fighting in my experience. In breeding stocks -and in the genetics for survival of Hens ....DO NOT BREED CRESTED TO CRESTED birds...this can result in high vaulted skulls that dangerously become a risk to hens with loss of sight and intelligence (it becomes an undesirable genetic defect)
    If you are interested in hatching eggs - there are a few tricks I can recommend-
    I Suggest the Dry hatch method of incubation. This breed requires LARGE AIR CELLS for hatching. When Candling prior to lockdown - set the eggs when the air cells as large as possible (this could mean holding some back from lock down for a few days longer -BUT always watching for internal piping) thats the tricky part. For the Best hatch successes and survival rates - Let an experienced broody hen take over the eggs from day one. This is the best way of getting live chicks hatch for me! In a nut shell- UNIQUE and sweet. Cold Hardy and adaptable in many climates -thus the "landrace" that is an asset to survival over the harsh winter climates in the Northeast (We live in rural upstate New York)
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  2. Chickie Newbie
    "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?
  3. 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?

User Comments

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  1. 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.
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  2. Larry Rose
    If you get Swedish Flower Hens, you will not be sorry. Mine are from last spring, and I have a couple of dozen more in the incubator, due to hatch on the 7th & 8th. Beautiful, intelligent gentle birds. Come when called, and don't roam too far when free ranging. Every one is a beauty. I have 2 Rooster's who have begun to fight, so one is for sale. When I first saw them, I said this is what I want to raise. Great Eggs, great layers all winter long. Nothing negative to report at this time. I also have 4 R.I. Red Hens that I am also hatching eggs from, with the Swedish Rooster. Should make a pretty mix breed, layer. I will keep the Swedes, The rest I will sell.
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  3. chickenmeadow
    Is anyone on the BYC raising these as a breeding project to help someday be a recognized breed in America (APA)? If so, then what would be their challenge be to be approved? What goals would there be without changing them & their traits; would that be possible?

    These are beautiful "landrace" chickens & I love the surprise variety colors that would hatch. I'm so tempted to start them maybe next year, add a few to their #'s of existence in the world & not change what makes them, them. Just stumbled on these recently, so this years replacement chicks have already hatched. Will be researching til then to learn more about their origin/history. Best wishes.
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  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.
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  5. 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.
      Larry Rose likes this.
  6. CarolynF
    My SFH (they are called Swedish Flower Hen regardless of gender) was an excellent layer of large off-white eggs. She generally layed 5-6 eggs per week. She was skittish but never allowed the others to take advantage of her, in the middle of the pecking order. Others I know that raise them report the same characteristics.
      Larry Rose likes this.
  7. BrendaChick
    I have a theory that SFH roosters only become mean if they are in the company of roosters of another breed. When I had a SLW rooster with a SFH rooster, he got mean. When I just had Swedish roosters together they got along great. What do you think?
      rhondademulder likes this.
    1. rhondademulder
      I agree with you on this fact and would also like to point out ...i have NEVER had a "mean " SFH roo and ive raised alot of them !
      rhondademulder, Apr 18, 2018
    2. Larry Rose
      I have 2 Roosters, brothers and one is definitely more dominant! So it's time to sell one because I really don't need two Roo's, and it's hard on the Hens with two of them wanting their needs fulfilled. They are very gentle and tame, but starting to fight with each other. I doubt if I will raise anything but SFH in the future. They are just the best. I have had at least 2 dozen other varieties, but I am stuck on the Swedes!
      Larry Rose, Apr 5, 2019
  8. Spifflove
    Ok, here I am. Where is the review?
      lala4578 likes this.
  9. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    I have a cockerrel. He is not cested. He has white earlobes.
  10. 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

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