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.
According to the Swedish Gene Bank* hens should weigh between 4.5 and 5.5 lbs. Cocks should weigh between 5.5 and 7.5 lbs. A half of a pound either way is considered acceptable. They should have 4 toes and leg and beak color can vary. Skin color is yellow or black mottled. Earlobes are usually white but sometimes red or white with red. Comb is usually medium sized but is single and serrated. Crest size can vary but the gene bank does not recommend breeding 2 crested birds together. It will cause an overly large crest and the birds will not be able to see predators. The plumage gets its looks from a gene that gives the feathers white tips. (The flowers)
Like other landraces, SFH have good resistance against disease and can adapt well to their environment. They lay roughly 150 off white/beige eggs/year. Hens can go broody but not as often as other landrace breeds.
We just love our Swedish Flower Hens. They are a docile breed and our hens are friendly. They do well with free range and also with confinement. If you only wanted one breed of chicken for your flock, but wanted variety, this would be a great breed to get. Their color variations are stunning. If you are wanting to start your own flock of Swedish Flower Hens, we offer hatching eggs. You can find them here.
*The Swedish Gene Bank is an organization in Sweden that works to preserve their native livestock breeds.