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Chicken Breed Focus - Swedish Flower Hen

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The 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.
    *From the Greenfire Farms website
    Details:

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    Breed Purpose Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance Cold
    Egg Productivity Medium
    Egg Size Large
    Egg Color Cream to light brown

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    BYC Breed Reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/swedish-flower-chicken

    BYC Breed Discussion:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/375288/swedish-flower-hen-thread/0_30

    Do you own Swedish Flower Chickens? Are you a Swedish Flower chicken 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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    Such pretty birds! Thank you Sumi for another breed focus thread!
     
  3. Chaos18

    Chaos18 Minion King Premium Member

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    These are my Swedish Flower Hens.

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  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chillin' With My Peeps

    Very nice, I also enjoy my SFH!

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    Really is cool that no two look exactly the same. [​IMG]
     
  5. 1cock2hens

    1cock2hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw some advertised for sale locally here and considered getting some // they really are pretty
     
  6. chickencaper

    chickencaper Just Hatched

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    I've got some babies just starting out from Goldfeather farms. I think at least two will have a tiny crest. Can't wait to see them feather out.
     
  7. Ashdoes

    Ashdoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a flock of Flower Hens, and really loved them. They have a goofy, friendly personality, and even the Roo was good around our kids. The Hens gave eggs almost every day, even doing well in the winter. The flock was the best foragers we've ever had, so their feed bill was pretty low. They spent sun up, to sun down outside of the barn looking for their own food.
    We had a pretty good variety of colors, my favorite being the grey and orange mixes, and I really loved the crested ones. It's a breed I would highly recommend for people with kids, or someone just wanting friendly, colorful birds running around.
     
  8. MargaretAnneHK

    MargaretAnneHK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 17 of these I got from a BYCer going into the incubator tomorrow. I am keeping my fingers crossed and recrossed! :)
     
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  9. bloobirdies

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    I have 3, a roo, a crested & uncrested hen. They are completely free range and I love them! They are so sweet but on the flip side so ornery..lol! I have had many breeds and up to 18 at a time...having 3 of this breed is like having 12 easy...they are like cats, curious & into everything :)

    I actually have a predicament with my rooster, his hocks have been swollen in different places for a few weeks. It's not bumblefoot cause there are no lesions, cuts, or scabs.
    I wrote this on the forum searching for answers if anyone can help...thanks!
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    Notice his middle finger left hock & ankle right hock

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  10. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Handsome fellow you got there. How old is he?

    It's possible he hurt himself jumping down off of something. Though that seems like a long time to recover. Maybe recurring injury? How high is the roost? What kind of landing when coming off roost? Have they been swollen in the same place the whole time or is it moving around. Because I think of hocks as being the part behind the knees...

    Beautiful yellow legs, hope he feels better. [​IMG]
     
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