The Svart Hona (Swedish Black Hen) Thread!

bronzefarmer

Chirping
5 Years
Oct 25, 2014
136
5
58
Northern California
Just got my first pair of svart hona I absolutely love them and can't wait to get another pair or another hen so I have trio will post pictures later but they are directly from ewe crazy farms. I have a website t post pictures and has a blog and a store but don't want to get an infraction for posting it... So if interested will send it through pm. Also have a great day everyone
 

Purpletie3

Songster
5 Years
Apr 30, 2014
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Upstate NY...
Just got my first pair of svart hona I absolutely love them and can't wait to get another pair or another hen so I have trio will post pictures later but they are directly from ewe crazy farms. I have a website t post pictures and has a blog and a store but don't want to get an infraction for posting it... So if interested will send it through pm. Also have a great day everyone
I have some from Ewe Crazy also....beautiful birds!!!
 

Purpletie3

Songster
5 Years
Apr 30, 2014
2,329
209
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Upstate NY...
I have three Swedish Black hen eggs in the incubator.. But the lady I got them from says that they're a hard hatch and even tho she normally has high hatch rates, this breed she has trouble with late quitters or death after pip. Any tips???

I wish I had this tip for my first SH hatch. I would've not waited so long before helping/checking on them when they were late but I stopped hearing peeping or scratching. So sad to see them dead after pipping.
I have hatched both shipped eggs and my own. The shipped eggs were tough...my own were 100%. The ones I helped hatch from the shipped eggs just prolonged their death anyways. I am in Upstate NY. The best thing I did for my hatch rate was invest in a really good incubator. The incubator was kept in a darkish area out of drafts. I minimally handled them...maybe 3 times during incubation and candled them in their racks. I ran at 45-50% humidity until lockdown and then 55-60% @ day 18+. They were like popcorn at day 21...almost like they counted hours. Also, they are tiny so I ground down their food. The problem is everything is very different everywhere and what works for one...may not for another! Happy hatching!
 

Exotica

C'est La Vie
Aug 16, 2015
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Baldwin Park, California
My Coop
My Coop
Hi, I have a Svart Hona that purchased from Greenfire Farms and for some reason, he/she does not have feathers but has down. It sort of looks like a Hedemora but Greenfire Farms assures me he/she is a Svart Hona! Anybody else go through the same problem?
 

KYTinpusher

Master Enabler
8 Years
Sep 3, 2011
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Northern KY
You have woolly Svarthöna! It is a natural variation and is the same gene as the silky feather gene. I hatched 3 from my GFF trio last year, but I only have 1 cockerel left. I have a few that may be carrying the gene, though. I think I posted some pictures earlier in this thread and maybe some links to info about them from some Swedish websites.
 

gosselinfarm

In the Brooder
Nov 13, 2015
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Mt Olive , NC










Have to post as I just acquired some Svart Hona chicks from a local breeder and am very excited. They are originally GFF line. Already such a lively little crew! Shy but getting used to me more everyday, scratching and trying to dust bathe. Out of six chicks two have a white feather or two and pink toes, two appear to be very dark and hopefully future breeding birds and two have pink toes but no white feathering. I am very excited to see how these guys mature.
 

Exotica

C'est La Vie
Aug 16, 2015
427
44
88
Baldwin Park, California
My Coop
My Coop
You have woolly Svarthöna! It is a natural variation and is the same gene as the silky feather gene. I hatched 3 from my GFF trio last year, but I only have 1 cockerel left. I have a few that may be carrying the gene, though. I think I posted some pictures earlier in this thread and maybe some links to info about them from some Swedish websites.
Oh my gosh!! I am overjoyed!! I was thinking that it was a Hemadora but I didn't think GFF would do that to me unknowingly. How cute! I just had to give away my Silkies and have been heartbroken.. But I am so happy now! Thank you!! Svarthona's are so sweet! I haven't really spent that much time with mine but it has been the bravest of all and will come out to hang out with me sometimes.
 

bronzefarmer

Chirping
5 Years
Oct 25, 2014
136
5
58
Northern California
Hey guys just had a quick question. My svart hona rooster is holding his tail to the side does this mean anything ? All my birds are healthy none showing signs of being sick or any kicking the bucket so hopping this doesn't mean he is sick :/
 

KYTinpusher

Master Enabler
8 Years
Sep 3, 2011
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Northern KY
Hey guys just had a quick question. My svart hona rooster is holding his tail to the side does this mean anything ? All my birds are healthy none showing signs of being sick or any kicking the bucket so hopping this doesn't mean he is sick :/
No, he is not sick. He has wry tail. It is a genetic fault and he should not be used for breeding as he can pass it on to his offspring.
 

boykin2010

Songster
9 Years
Sep 26, 2010
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South Georgia
No, he is not sick. He has wry tail. It is a genetic fault and he should not be used for breeding as he can pass it on to his offspring.
That's hard to determine without a picture although the most likely culprit. If it's wry tail, it wouldn't just now start looking like that and it would be quite obvious.
 
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