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.
Hens weigh between 3 and 3.5 lbs and cocks weigh between 4.5 and 5.25 lbs. They are clean legged, can have any type comb, and any feather color combination. Ear lobes are white. Some have feather crests. True Icelandics will not have feathered legs or muffed/bearded faces, or tuffed ears. Ear lobes will never be red. They and extremely genetically diverse landrace breed of chicken.
Hens are good layers and are known to lay into the winter. Eggs are small and white to pale tan. Broodiness is a desired trait in Icelandics and they are known to be good mothers.
If you want only one breed for your backyard flock and you want a literal kaleidoscope of color, diversity in comb styles and alert and active birds, Icelandics are perfect for you. Our flock is great at foraging, but also tolerates confinement. We are currently building our flock and hope to be able to share them with you in 2023.