Hedemora Chicken

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The basics:
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.

Types: Largefowl
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.
Broody: Yes
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."

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