The Hedemora Chicken is a rare landrace chicken breed from Sweden. A landrace is an animal which has developed largely by natural processes, by adaptation to the natural environment in which it lives. It differs from a formal breed which has been bred deliberately to conform to a particular standard type.
Varieties (Single Comb): Any color. Some birds are feathered footed, or display the hookless feather type that looks like a Silkie's plumage.
Uses: Eggs, Preservation
Weight: 4 - 5 lbs
Personality: Hedemora’s are a docile breed and tend to make good pets.
Preferred climate: Cool
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very good (4/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
According to Greenfire Farms, "Hedemora are possibly the most cold hardy chickens in the world. Their most striking adaptation is the layer of soft down that is extraordinarily effective as insulation. Experts in Sweden have told us that if these chickens are well fed they can routinely free-range in the snow at temperatures of -5°F and the hens will continue laying eggs so long as temperatures exceed 5°F. Conversely, hedemora do not adapt well to hot climates, and they have been known to die of heat stroke during particularly hot days in southern Sweden."
The Hedemora chicken is one of the most popular of the Swedish landraces. It is from the north of Sweden so it is very winter hardy. They are very calm chickens and easy to handle. They are able to find food on their own so they are quite economical to keep. Many people, me included, also like them for their colors and appearance which can vary significantly. The eggs are small and lightly brown.
They are of averagge size and produce an very varying amount of eggs.They like to hatch their eggs which is of course both a good and a bad thing. Good if you want chickens but bad if you want eggs. I think that especially at times when there are chicks in the henhouse all the hens lay fewer eggs. Just wait until they chicks are 8 weeks and the situation should improve. What you can do is to include some other breed of chicken in your flock that don't hatch as much to make sure you will have an even supply of eggs to eat. You can also ask the breeder for chicks that will be more likely hatch or chicks that lay eggs depending on their stem..
From linegreen Apr 14 2015 3:12PM