Is the Swedish Flower a good backyard chicken breed?

Peggysaurus

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Hey, BYC! I was researching about different chicken breeds for egg-laying and I came across one breed called the Swedish Flower. I instantly fell in love with the breed, so I started researching more about it. I found out that it's a dual-purpose breed and is widely known for its beautiful coloring. I'm currently looking for any hatcheries that have that particular breed. Has anyone ever had this breed before? If you have, any information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, BYC!:)
 

EggSighted4Life

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Hi there. :frow

Swedish Flower are beautiful... but in my experience... FAR from as awesome in person as they are on paper.

The only rooster ever that full on stalked and attacked me when I came near. These cockerels also (the only ones ever) came from across the yard to attack my dogs for playing Frisbee.

2 out of 5 SFH hens were broody and only 1 was confident and actually lap pet friendly. 1 hen passed from egg binding. They are known to quit laying after about 2 years old even though many breeds will lay for 5+ years.

Offspring I gave to a friend never laid well for her. Mine laid OKAY but nothing special. They were from Greenfire farms about 5 years ago. The next generation (F1) after selection for breeding was made (F0).

I MIGHT go with Speckled Sussex instead. The hens are beautiful and more confident and friendly with roosters being a mixed bag. But check out these links for some comparisons...
pickachicken

Chicken Chart

Links to hatcheries with them for sale..
https://www.meyerhatchery.com/productinfo.a5w?prodID=SFHS

Oh wow, priced so low! They were $59 back when I was looking!..
https://greenfirefarms.com/swedish_flower_hen.html

https://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog/Baby-Chicks/Swedish-Flower-Hen-p1735.aspx

There were several breeders on here as well... though they will not be able to sex day old chicks so you may only be able to get straight run.

Best wishes on your en-devour! :wee

Oh ya... part of the reason they weren't as good as noted was because I raised so many other amazing breeds they just weren't a good comparison. If I had only them, maybe I wouldn't know the difference and still be in love as well! Thus my TRUE suggestion for anyone starting out is get a VARIETY of breeds. Makes it easier to tell their eggs apart, who's laying or not. Makes it easy to tell the birds apart at a glance and makes for great eye candy and colorful egg basket. :)
 

Peggysaurus

Songster
Sep 24, 2019
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Spotsylvania, Virginia
Hi there. :frow

Swedish Flower are beautiful... but in my experience... FAR from as awesome in person as they are on paper.

The only rooster ever that full on stalked and attacked me when I came near. These cockerels also (the only ones ever) came from across the yard to attack my dogs for playing Frisbee.

2 out of 5 SFH hens were broody and only 1 was confident and actually lap pet friendly. 1 hen passed from egg binding. They are known to quit laying after about 2 years old even though many breeds will lay for 5+ years.

Offspring I gave to a friend never laid well for her. Mine laid OKAY but nothing special. They were from Greenfire farms about 5 years ago. The next generation (F1) after selection for breeding was made (F0).

I MIGHT go with Speckled Sussex instead. The hens are beautiful and more confident and friendly with roosters being a mixed bag. But check out these links for some comparisons...
pickachicken

Chicken Chart

Links to hatcheries with them for sale..
https://www.meyerhatchery.com/productinfo.a5w?prodID=SFHS

Oh wow, priced so low! They were $59 back when I was looking!..
https://greenfirefarms.com/swedish_flower_hen.html

https://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog/Baby-Chicks/Swedish-Flower-Hen-p1735.aspx

There were several breeders on here as well... though they will not be able to sex day old chicks so you may only be able to get straight run.

Best wishes on your en-devour! :wee

Oh ya... part of the reason they weren't as good as noted was because I raised so many other amazing breeds they just weren't a good comparison. If I had only them, maybe I wouldn't know the difference and still be in love as well! Thus my TRUE suggestion for anyone starting out is get a VARIETY of breeds. Makes it easier to tell their eggs apart, who's laying or not. Makes it easy to tell the birds apart at a glance and makes for great eye candy and colorful egg basket. :)
Thank you so much for all this info. :D
 

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