We are beyond excited to announce the arrival of Swedish Flower chickens to Sweet Meadows Farm! We knew we wanted to bring chickens back to the farm, after not having them for a bit, and after doing some research, we decided to focus on one very special endangered breed....the Swedish Flower! We brought in six hens and two roos from a wonderful SFH breeder in Indiana (thank you, Maria!), and are planning on hatching out chicks come spring 2022!
A little history on the Swedish Flower Hen. Originally from Sweden, there were very few left by the 1970's and so the government found a few isolated flocks and established the Swedish Genetic Project to help bring the breed back and also to raise awareness about other endangered heritage breeds. The SFH, or Skånsk Blommehöna, has only been in America since 2010 with the first importing of a few birds. They are named for the various beautiful and unusual "flowering" they have in patterns, producing many different colors and patterns. They are a landrace, which means that they were not engineered by man, but rather evolved and adapted naturally to their environment over the centuries. They are super hardy and healthy, lay really large eggs regularly, do very well in super cold climates and have amazing funny personalities. They are known as the "compost" chicken, foraging with such tenacity that they are always busy looking for things to eat! The perfect permaculture and homesteading chicken! What a special breed of chicken, and we can't wait to share them with others!
**Photo 1 features Noelle - she has bright blue/hazel eyes which is very rare for a chicken. Never seen anything like it before! She is a stunner. We will be getting a page up on our website for the flock soon, and more photos to follow!