Shetland Hen

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The basics:
Legend has it that the Shetland Hen's ancestors came from a 16th century Spanish Galleon that was shipwrecked on the Shetland Islands. Though this story may not be true, it is certain that the South American Araucana hen is the foundation breed of the Shetland chicken.

The Shetland hen was a popular egg producer during Victorian times. Around 1950, the breed's popularity began to decline as commercial hybrids where introduced. Today, the Shetland hen is very rare and kept alive by private breeders

Types: Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Birchen, Brown Red
Uses: Eggs, Preservation
Weight: 2 - 4 lbs
Personality: Energetic, but easily tamed
Preferred Climate: Cool
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: Green
Egg size: Medium

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