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Chicken Breeds item created by nightowl223, Aug 2, 2012
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?
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.
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?
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.
Thor when he was 3-4 wks I think
Thor at 1wk
Freja at 1 wk (I think)
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.
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.
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.
Pros - Want them
Cons - None
Is there any body here that can ship me Crested Swedish Flower Hatching eggs Here in Canada around May Must be able to ship to Port au Port or Stephenville, Newfoundland. A0N1T0 and How much will it cost me in total ??
Pros - Good Layers, Amusing Temperaments
Cons - None yet!
Have 4 of these funny girls, hatched here. Average growth rate, laid right at 6 months as expected, no issues. None of them turned out with crests, but the range in colors is neat. Three of the four have Blue points on a red base, and you don't really see that in other breeds. Another is red and white speckled. One is solid red, with only blue in the tail. Some are sweet, one is mean. Reasonably tame without a whole lot of hands on rearing. Not flighty. Curious. Just normal chickens really, with neat coloring.
Egg color... 2 lay the expected light beige. The other two lay white. Mine didn't come from someone who was picky on the breeder birds, they're purebred as that was the only breed on the farm, but there was no culling for specific traits (egg color, crests, etc)... so it really was "You get what you get" variety. I'd like to see the breed retain the range of colors, but gain consistency with having crests and laying the beige colored eggs instead of white.
They can go broody, seems inconsistent in the who and when. Mean streaks are in there if you don't cull it out from the breeding stock. Overall I'm pleased with them.
Pros - Good Layers; Hens are quiet
Cons - roosters can become aggressive