Other common names: Gotlandshöna
The Gotland Chicken was developed on the Swedish island of Gotland. They are considered to be good egg layers, and are efficient free-ranging fowl.
Varieties (Single Comb): Shades of Black Breasted Red, Silver Duckwing and Gold Duckwing
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Weight: 7 - 8.5 lbs
Personality: Skittish when young, but can tame if handled calmly and regularly
Broody: Yes, most hens become broody with age
Preferred climate: Cool
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: Tinted
Egg size: Medium - Large
colors, appearance, eggs, meat
Gotland chickens are quite shy but calm chickens who will quickly flitter away when you enter the cage. However if you leave them alone until they are a bit older you can start to work with them to get them tame. The roosters are usually not agressive.They are quite capable to find their own feed like most of the Swedish landraces. They lay lots of eggs (150 per year on average) but they vary in their capability in hatching. The chickens medium to large in size and give a decent amounts of meat for household needs.
They do appreciate their freedom and they are good at alarming the group if some danger appears that the other need to be aware of. It is seldom that you lose a chicken because it was taken by an animal.
They are an endangered species but I really think they should to be conserved. I also appreciated them for their color and appearance, where the colors ranged from brown and black to blue and white. Sometimes even in combinations of these colors..
From linegreen Apr 14 2015 12:04PM