Other common names: Swedish Spotted Hen; Skånsk blommehöna
The Swedish Flower Hen (Skånsk blommehöna) 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.
According to Greenfire Farms, "Swedish flower hens are the largest breed of chickens native to Sweden. Roosters can weigh as much as 8 lbs. With the commercialization of Sweden’s poultry flocks in the last half of the 20th Century, this breed almost became extinct. A couple of decades ago remnant flocks were identified in three small, rural Swedish villages and a focused effort was made to save the breed. By the late 1980s fewer than 500 birds existed in the world. Today, about a thousand Swedish flower hens live in about fifty scattered flocks, and until Greenfire Farms began working with this breed, few if any could be found outside remote villages in Sweden."
Varieties (Single Comb): Landrace breed, each birds is uniquely colored and spotted
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Ornamental, Preservation
Weight: 5 - 8.5 lbs
Personality: Sweet and outgoing
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large - Jumbo
Color, white cream egg, best free ranger, unique patterns, wonderful temperaments, sociable chickens
Swedish Poultry, Swedish land scape, little maintenance
Swedish Flower Chicken - The rose of Swedish Poultry
Before I rave about them, let me make a confession, i do not own them and have never owned them, So why write a review about some thing that I have never had, will be the logical question and fair enough. The reason why i know about them is that I looked after them for six months at my aunts place down in skona. They are the closest to Plymouth Rocks, my favorite breed of chickens of all the breeds that I have worked with. Why they are not my favorite, will come back to that in the end :)
The first thing that you know about them and feel about them is that they are perfect for Sweden, a breed that has evolved through on its own based on the Swedish land scape, that tells you some thing about how hardy they are :)
They have a lot of character, now that is a strange thing to say about chickens but if you are here on this site, you know what I mean. They like to live in peace and show not too much aggression. While foraging you may see the usual squabble about some matter but that is pretty normal when it comes to chickens, over all they are pretty docile, friendly and even do not mind if they are lifted and carried around. They are curious and very amusing to watch over. Look a bit mischievous and feel as they are always going to do something.
Laying will start about six months, could be early or late by a few weeks but normally they are very precise. The roosters do get a bit aggressive from time to time but the aggressive the rooster, the better it is for the breed in the long term. They are not prolific layers, nor very happy to sit on them. Good mothers though, my aunt unlike me, keeps the chicks in the natural habitat and these ones know how to take care of their young ones. A good positive point for them in this regard
What i do not like about them, is the inconsistency in their patterns. Now you may say, that it is the unique thing about them and makes them super beautiful but hey, to each its own. Some one like me who actually wants the patterns and colors to be consistent, that does not work for me. The crest also, it is something that may or may not be there. I would say that a lot of people find them beautiful, me, not so much and hence one of the main reason that they are not my most favorite hens.
They are hardy, easy to keep, forage very well, lay good eggs, not prolific but if you have a flock, you will have a constant supply of eggs. They are not keen to brood a lot but if you keep hens for the joy of watching them do interesting stuff, look no further, this is your breed. Give them grass patches, they really like grass patches.
A good solid breed, unless you suffer a bit from OCD (kidding) but other than that, if you are a hen keeper of taste, you should have them at least once..
From Zak_Hades Jul 16 2014 2:50AM
Lovely, sociable chickens that are quite large and very beautiful. They can vary a lot in looks, some having a bit of a "crown" of fluffy feathers on top of the head, some being perfectly smooth. They come in lots of colours and unique patterns, and if you want to choose hens for their beauty these are the right ones.
The only time they may be aggressive is when they are trying to hatch eggs, and around that time you want to keep your fingers to yourself. This is not necessarily a trait that automatically comes with the breed, as I have also had chickens that were not troubled at all when I wanted to check in on how the hatching was doing. (But I do recall one lady who was exceptionally cross with me when doing this...)
They usually deal well with both heat and cold, but they do need somewhere where they can go inside preferably at all times (wind can be more troublesome for them than cold alone). To further help them deal with heat, provide them with a sand box. Just ordinary sand for them to "bathe" in, as this helps them to both get rid of parasites and keep cool on the warm summer days.
As we live fairly isolated from neighbours, we have no particular paddock to keep them in. We have a hen house, and a little cat (hen) door to allow them go in and out as they please. As they are fed inside and taken care of by us, they stay on the farm and very rarely wanders off (although one of them once decided to follow me to the grocery store, but that was... amusing)..
From Luvander Jul 12 2015 7:42PM