Ladies and gentlemen, chicken enthusiasts and fowl aficionados, allow me to introduce the fashion divas of the coop - the Skånsk Blommehöna, or as they love to be called in the United States, Swedish Flower Hens. These alluring cluckers, born and bred in the beautiful landscapes of Skåne, Sweden, are the result of centuries of farmers playing matchmaker, meticulously choosing only the juiciest, most egg-traordinary (and obviously the most runway-ready) birds for their flocks.
They're adaptable adventurers, with an unwavering love for free-range frolicking but an equal appreciation for cozy confinement. These glamorous Swedish sensations are proud models in the living gene bank portfolio of Sweden.
Speaking of measurements, our feathered runway models fall into quite the stunning range! The hens strike a pose, weighing between a chic 4.5 and 5.5 lbs, while the strapping roosters are flexing between 5.5 and 7.5 lbs. A smidgen above or below? No sweat - it's all part of their unique charm! They have 4 toes, boasting an enviable range of beak and leg colors. Their skin? Oh, it's fashionably yellow or black mottled.
Wait till you see their earlobes - usually as white as fresh snowfall, sometimes they decide to spice it up with a dash of red or even a snazzy red-on-white pattern. Their combs are typically of a medium size - single and serrated, just like the edge of fashion. Crests come in all shapes and sizes, but the gene bank folks advise against breeding two large-crested birds together – too much of a good thing can get in the way of predator watch!
The pièce de résistance? Their fabulous plumage gets its stellar looks from a gene that bestows their feathers with white tips (Flower power, baby!).
Being seasoned survivors, these Swedish Flower Hens boast robust health and exceptional adaptability to their environment. They're prolific egg-producers too, popping out roughly 150 off-white/beige eggs per annum. They've got maternal instincts, occasionally going broody, but not as much as their landrace breed siblings.
If you're looking for friendly feathery companions that offer stunning variety and ooze laid-back charm, you can't go wrong with these Swedish Flower Hens. Whether it's for free range adventures or confinement living, they fit the bill (pun intended!). Their rainbow of colors is a spectacle you don't want to miss. Are you ready to start your own flock of these feathered divas? We've got hatching eggs on offer right here!
*The Swedish Gene Bank, for the unacquainted, is a prestigious Swedish organization dedicated to preserving their native livestock breeds like our fabulous Flower Hens. They're the real MVPs!