Is your flock ready for winter?

Is your flock ready for winter?

Is your flock ready for winter?  If you live in a climate that freezes, you will want to prepare and now is the time to make sure you have the supplies you need.  For the purpose of this article, we will be discussing chickens that are bred to handle a colder climate. 

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Broody Hedemorahöna

What To Expect When Your Hen Is Expecting

A hen who is actively sitting on a nest, trying to hatch eggs, is called broody.  Any breed can go broody but some are more prone to than others.  We work solely with landrace breeds where broodiness is a desired trait.  

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What’s the big deal about grit?

What's the big deal about grit?

To grit or not to grit?  That really shouldn't be a question.  All chickens should have access to grit.  I'm not talking about the oyster shells you may give your hens for calcium.  I am talking about stones.  Yes, chickens eat stones.  

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Shetland Hen

Shetland Hen

Shetland Hens originate from the Shetland Isles off of Scotland.  Their genetics are said to originate from a blue laying South American breed of chicken that came to mix with the local chickens after a Spanish ship ran aground. 

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Icelandics

Icelandics Chickens

Islenska hænan, Haughænsni, landnámshænan , or Icelandics in the US, is a landrace breed of chicken that has a threatened status with the Livestock Conservancy.  Over the centuries, Icelandic chickens were selected by small Icelandic farmers, for their ability to forage, broodiness, and laying ability.  

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Hedemora Chicken Hen

Hedemora Chickens

Hedemorahöna, or Hedemora Hen or Chicken in the US, is a unique landrace breed of chicken from Sweden.  They have a long tradition as bridal gifts and have been on farms in Hedemora for a very long time.  They are currently part of Sweden's gene bank so that they are not lost.  

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Swedish Flower Hens

Swedish Flower Hens

Skånsk Blommehöna, or Swedish Flower Hen as they are known in the US is a landrace breed originating from Skåne, Sweden.  They developed after 100s of years of selective breeding by farmers in that area.  It is believed that they chose the meatiest and best laying birds (and probably the prettiest) for their flocks. This breed is great at free ranging but tolerate confinement well.  Sweden keeps a gene bank which includes Swedish Flower Hens.

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