Icelandic Chicken

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Other common names: Íslenska hænan; Haughænsni; Landnámshænan; Viking Hen

The basics:
The Icelandic Chicken (Íslenska hænan) is a landrace breed of chicken from Iceland. The breed is very old, and has been on the island since at least the 9th century, where it was raised by Norse settlers.

Over the years, as new breeds where introduced to Iceland, the breed became less common. In the 1970’s, a veterinarian from the Agricultural School of Iceland saved the breed from extinction. Today, there are estimated to be less then 3,000 birds in Iceland. The Icelandic was imported to the USA in 2003.

Types: Largefowl
Varieties (Any Comb): Any color, some birds sport crests.
Uses: Eggs, Preservation
Weight: 3.5 - 5.5 lb
Personality: Friendly, energetic and undemanding.
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Good 3/week
Egg color: White or Cream
Egg size: Medium

What else you should know:
Roosters work cooperatively to protect their flock, and the entire flock is attentive to the chicks.


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Icelandic Chicken

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