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Swedish Flower Hen ‘Skånsk Blommehöna’, is an endangered traditional Swedish breed of domestic chicken
Young Swedish Flower Cockerels and Pullets: Everyone of them is unique!
Status: An extremely rare breed not only in North America but the world. There are thought to be around 2,000 birds now in existence worldwide. In 2001, Sweden designated the gene pool and placed the Swedish Flower Hen on their endangered species list.
Class: Not recognized by APA
One of our favourite chicken breeds is the Swedish Flower Hen. We obtained our stock in 2015 from BC and QC. Each bird is unique in its colouration. They are known to be cold hardy, good foragers, calm and have a friendly inquisitive nature. Their visual appeal needs to be witnessed first hand to be appreciated.
Roosters are very handsome med sized birds. They are vigilant protectors while free ranging and they can be housed easily with other roosters in the bachelor pen.
The hens start to lay at an early age and produce around 200 or more medium to extra large cream colored eggs a year. When pullets first begin to lay, their eggs can be quite small but they will increase in size with age. Their eggs are light beige to creamy tan coloured.
Named for its colorful, spotted plumage, Skånsk blommehöna literally translates to “bloom hen.” The white-tipped feathers make the birds look like a field of blooming flowers. Due to their natural development and unique characteristics, Swedish Flowers come in a vast variety of colours. Occasionally, a hen will show a small crest or tuft of feathers behind her comb.
Unlike most formal breeds of chickens that are intentionally bred to meet a certain standard, this Swedish bird is known as a landrace breed. They developed naturally over hundreds of years. The Swedish Flower Hen was developed in the southernmost province of Sweden over the last 500 years. It was first mentioned in Swedish journals in the early 1700s. These birds were used for meat as well as eggs and their feathers were used to fill duvets.
They were brought almost to extinction in the 1980’s due to commercialization of the Swedish poultry industry. Very few Swedes even know of the existence of this breed. A handful were found in rural villages and imported in June of 2010 to Greenfire Farms in the United States and later into Canada around 2012. Weight: rooster 5-7 lbs., hen 4-5 lbs.