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. This created blue egg laying birds with tappits (feather tufts, crests, feathered head). The degree of the tappit can vary quite a bit. We have birds that have huge crests similar to a Polish and some with smaller crests and big floppy combs. This breed is black based with white, silver, and gold mixed in.
These birds are listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste as a breed critically in need of preservation.
There is not a lot of information available on these birds. I have not been able to find any information on conformation. If anyone has more information on them, it would be greatly appreciated if you would share. We are hoping to learn more and add more information as our breeding program progresses.
If you would like to start your own flock of Shetland Hens, we offer hatching eggs. You can find them here.
March 29, 2023
Hi, can you tell me more about your Shetland hen? Where did you obtain your breeding stock? Have roosters been tested for blue egg gene.? are they homozygous?