Chicken Breed Focus - Icelandic

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    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


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    **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!
     
  2. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Wonderful looking birds! Thanks for another breed focus thread Sumi [​IMG]
     
  3. NotAFarm

    NotAFarm Embracing the New! Premium Member

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    I've had Icelandics since June of 2010. Here are pictures of my two original cocks, Ari and Audun, hatched in March of 2010 by BYCer The Sheriff. She shipped them to me with two pullets from a different line hatched in May. Boi and Eldur are the result of my breedings.
    I need to go to work but will post again later.

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  4. LittleLakePhil

    LittleLakePhil Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I'm gonna be getting hatching eggs soon.....I already contacted the hatchery they only deal with Icelandic chickens.....he just said to tell him when to ship....I'm waiting until the weather warms up a bit.
     
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  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    They're beautiful!
     
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    They certainly are!
     
  7. HenHoneyGirl

    HenHoneyGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a friend that's breeding them and she gave me one of her roosters. He's a great guy, good protector(for being on the smaller side he's the one picking fights with the turkeys and my other larger roosters!) I'm using him in my cross breeding efforts for color but I hope to get some Icelandic girls for him in the future.
     
  8. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    And our dear, sweet Phil is gonna share, ain't that right, Debby?
     
  9. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    I don't know they'd do so well here in FL but you are in a perfect spot for them Blooie! Give those EE girls of yours a run for their money [​IMG]

    Now, if I do ever move north? Well, I'll be checking with our sweet Phil for sure!
     
  10. oldcampcook

    oldcampcook Out Of The Brooder

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    From what hatchery are you getting your stock, please?

    I have been raising them about a year. I have 17 breeders and just hatched out 26 chicks a week ago and am hatching right now.
     

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