The Icelandic breed is a landrace fowl which are rare outside its native country of Iceland, after which it's named. They are a very old breed, having been present on the island since introduction by Norse settlers in the 9th century. However, the breed has barely survived in a pure form in the 21st century, largely due to the importation and popularity of commercial strains of chickens in the 1950s. The few thousand Icelandic chickens in existence today are the result of conservation efforts in the 1970s and a handful of flocks that have been exported abroad. Icelandic Chickens are not firmly standardized in appearance and possess a wide range of plumage colours and patterns, skin colouration and comb types. Some will have feather crests. Despite this variance in appearance, Icelandics are uniformly hardy in winter, have white earlobes and lay white to light brown coloured eggs. They are also said to be docile in temperament, and hens will readily go broody. They are great foragers and skilled escape artists. If there is a way out, they will find it! Detail Value Breed Purpose Dual Purpose Comb Single Broodiness Average Climate Tolerance All Climates Egg Productivity Medium Egg Size Medium Egg Color White Breed Temperament Flighty Breed Colors/Varieties Many Breed Size Large Fowl **All pics by @Happy Chooks BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/299038/icelandic-chickens/0_30 BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/icelandic-or-viking-hen Do you own Icelandics? Are you an Icelandic breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!