Swedish Flower chicken

Average User Rating:
4.19048/5,
  1. rhondademulder
    5/5,
    "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)
    Overall:
    4
    Purchase Price:
    10.00
    Purchase Date:
    n/a

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  2. 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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  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. BlueJuniper
    5/5,
    "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])
    Overall:
    5
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  6. SHERRING7712
    4/5,
    "BEAUTIFUL BIRDS"
    Pros - Curious, Good Foragers, Predator Savvy
    Cons - NONE THAT I'VE FOUND YET
    I have to start by saying my two SFH's are my prize chickens LOL They were the only two babies that I actually got to pick instead of my husband! Mine are only 2 months old right now so they aren't laying but they have great personalities and have been wonderful to raise. As young chicks they were the bravest and liked to be held. My cockerel Thor is a sweetheart, though he is already trying to get frisky with some of the pullets. I have a cream legbar cockerel that is half his size and so far they are buddies but the legbar is the leader of the two. Freja is my little pullet and I should have named her miss piggy as she is a hog with the treats! They are both good foragers and get along great with all the other chickens! Luckily I have been blessed so far and all my chickens get along pretty well.
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    Freja at 1 wk (I think)
    Overall:
    4.5
  7. Peep-Chicken
    4/5,
    "Very Beautiful Yet Spook Easily"
    Pros - Beautiful, Good-Sized Eggs
    Cons - Spook Easily
    I have a SFH I hatched in April named Reid. She is so pretty! She has a black mohawk, with blue, gold, brown, orange, gray feathers with white speckles!

    She spooks very easily though and broke her beak because of it. She is nice to smaller chickens(she lives with a OEGB named JJ) and gets along with her fine.
    Overall:
    4
  8. vanessak
    4/5,
    "These are beautiful fowl."
    Pros - Rooster is very kind to chicks and hen. He is just a nice guy!
    I really enjoy my Swedish Flower Chickens. The rooster take good care of the hens lets them know where there is food and if he sees danger. He also feeds the chicks by dropping food in front of them. I have one hen that is crested and one that is not. They are very attractive fowl.[​IMG]
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    Overall:
    4.5
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  9. Star2014
    4/5,
    "Pretty and Sweet"
    Pros - Beautiful, sweet, calm
    Cons - Inbreeding is a problem because there aren't many suppliers in the US
    Our young rooster is the sweetest rooster we have had for a while. He has 2 girls who are beautiful. When we got them our rooster and hen we're doing great but our little hen not so well but she pulled through. I love that little hen to pieces! They are very sweet and soon that roo will have a nice little flock for himself.
    All in all this is a great breed!
    The rooster is sweet when I pick him up but he runs away from me rather than attacking me.
    Overall:
    4
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  10. BrendaChick
    2/5,
    "Beautiful, but not the best layers"
    Pros - Variation in coloring is gorgeous, Very friendly and sweet
    Cons - Poor layers, Easily bullied by other chickens
    I have been raising Swedish Flower Hens for two years now. They are very sweet-tempered and pretty. I like that you can tell them apart so easily. The roosters are almost always nice.

    However, I am now switching to another breed, because they simply don't lay eggs through the winter even with a light in the coop. In my experience with them, they produce for one season and stop. I really wanted to love this breed, but I have to be practical first. Also, they don't mix well with more aggressive breeds. I had one hen, named Tilda, who would ride on my foot while I did chores because she was so afraid of the other chickens.

    Now, it is possible that this is just one wimpy family line that I raised for two years.
    Overall:
    2.5
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