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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Duemig10, Mar 31, 2011.
I received my 13 Swedish Flower Hen Chicks last Wednesday.. Here they are at a week old.
Gorgeous ! Were did you get them ?
We bought them from Greenfire Farms.
Nice, I've drooled over those....dream chickens ! Post pics when they are feathered out,too !
I will post pics as they grow.
Congratulations! I've been interested in raising rare chickens just because I don't think they deserve to become extinct. I look forward to seeing how these grow!
here are my swedish flowers I got them as part of the rare breed special from greenfire
Quote:Silverudds 55 Flowery Leghorn is an autosexing breed that is mottled and barred on wild type. From what I can see, your chicks are not Silverrudd's birds. I have posted this information in case someone asks about them.
It appears from the chick down, that the birds' genotypes can very quit a bit. The birds should carry the mottling gene to give them the flowery appearance or mille fleur coloration (phenotype) along with a restrictor, like columbian. From the chick down- it does not appear that they will all be mille fleur, the black chicks ( penguin down) will most likely be black and mottled. The white chick is a puzzle- most likely recessive white. Chick down can vary with the mille fleur phenotype because not every mille fleur is the same genotype. The buff colored chick with the white belly is interesting- it looks wheaten but will have to wait and see if it develops the mille feur phenotype. The three chicks on the right in the first photo are interesting also- they look to be wild type. The other chicks I believe are brown at the E locus.
You are going to get a range of coloration in your birds for sure. It will be interesting to see how they develop.
How old are your chicks from the rare breed special?
Very cute!! I love the looks of the Swedish Flower Hens. Keep posting as they grow.