Saturday, June 25, 2011

five more are coming!

Swedish Flower Hens are becoming a favorite around here. Gentle, kind, quiet, and striking in their appearance, these medium size laying hens from the land of tiny wooden horses are just darling. Five more are coming to live at Cold Antler, a barter with Greenfire Farms down in Florida. So these imports are joining us in the North Country, and I can't wait to get the call from the post office. They always come during the work week to the Arlington Post Office near work. My boss is so used to me heading out at lunch for livestock pickups it no longer even raises an eyebrow. Not a bad trait for a homesteader's manager to have. Not bad at all.

Here's more on Swede's from the Greenfire Farms website:

At 2:35 in the afternoon of June 17, 2010, a jumbo jet from Stockholm landed at JFK airport in New York carrying in its vast metal belly a most unusual cargo: 15 Swedish flower hens. This breed, for more than half a millenium isolated in small villages in Sweden, had made the leap across the Atlantic for the first time as part of Greenfire Farms’ ongoing program of introducing rare chickens to America. Until now, very few people in the world (including most Swedes) have ever had the opportunity to see living examples of this breed, let alone the ability to own and raise them.

Swedish flower hens emerged as a landrace several hundred years ago, the product of a now forgotten mix of primitive breeds that were brought to Sweden by settlers and conquerors. As a landrace, this breed was not intentionally created by a breeder carefully selecting birds as part of a structured breeding program. Rather, this breed was created through natural selection and random pairings as the breed adapted to the climate and conditions of the Sydskånska Plain in southern Sweden...Read the rest at GFF

15 Comments:

Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

Yay! Exciting!

June 25, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Heather Ann said...

jealous! those birds look so awesome, and I love that you are helping their numbers increase! I'd love to hear your experiences with their personalities...

June 25, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,
THESE BIRDS ARE REALLY DIFFERENT JUST LIKE YOUR CAF BLOG WHICH CONTINUES TO MAKE IT A GREAT READ!!
CHEERS WITH A HEALTH DRINK, &
RONNIE VERY HAPPY X SEAT WEAVER
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June 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

They are really pretty! What are their eggs like, color-wise, I mean?

June 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Cary at Serenity Farms said...

How exciting! They look quite a bit like the Mille Fleur bantams...look forward to reading how they adapt and your experiences with them! Good luck ;)

June 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Jenna you could sell the feathers/hack, etc to fly fishermen who tie their own flies. You probably know how costly that material can be!

June 25, 2011 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I heard there's a trend of feathers in hair, again. Thanks to Steve Tyler on American Idol, feathers are selling on ebay for HUNDREDS!

June 25, 2011 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

Wow! who knew you could spend so much on a pair of chicks? I guess youre going to have to be alot more vigulant on protecting them from all the things that have killer previous birds, its a big deal to loose a rare bird worth $200+ than a common chick for $1.99.
That site has amazing birds, if they send you a rooster your money problems could be over breeding these. So pretty too!

June 25, 2011 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

they are a barter, so I am not paying cash for them, or they would not be here!

June 25, 2011 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Hey Jenna, I clicked on the Greenfire Farms ad in your sidebar but it's linked to the Critter Cages site. Oops!

June 25, 2011 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

They will make a beautiful addition to CAF.

June 25, 2011 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

These sound really interesting. I am assuming you will keep them separate from the rest of the chickens so they breed pure asuming of course that you are also getting a roo. The chicks could help pay the mortgage.

June 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Agneta said...

I like the fact that you have choosen a swedish breed! I can't wait to see some photos of the new ones.

June 26, 2011 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I saw three of these chickens wandering around at Skansen in Stockholm when I was there last summer. Didn't know the breed name till now. They are lovely birds.

June 27, 2011 at 5:20 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

I am assuming you will maintain them separate in the relaxation belonging to the chickens so they breed pure asuming obviously that you just are also obtaining a roo
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