There is no standard for Swedish flower hens. However, there are so-called policies that are leading the way for the general prevailing confusion of rumors and personal interpretations outside Sweden. The Svenska Lanthönsklubben clearly states what is desirable and undesirable or what is one of the myths.
External appearance (after Genbank)
The basic colors are black, blue, gray, brown, ruddy or yellowish. The spring tips are white and create a standard flower pattern.
The color of the stand (leg color) to yellowish, flesh-colored or black-mottled. However, the color of the stand does not play any major role in Sweden, which means that it is there not desirable to force yellow legs and particularly reject example flesh-colored or even to take from breeding.
A true Flock of Swedish flower Hens should also includes animals with crest. They should make out around 30% to 40% of the Flock. Who selects against such animals for personal reasons of taste, is against the spirit of the gene bank.
The statistics within the library (since 1993) show at taps at an average weight of 3.1 kg and hens of 2.36 kg.
Undesirable and against the idea of the library
Undesirable are generally selective human intervention regarding the plumage color.
Means, for example, the targeted breed blue animals thus will eventually will turn white. White is definitely undesirable. The objective is always to promote the greatest diversity and to focus the attention on splash-colored offspring is equally undesirable.
In Sweden, the only selection allowed is character , poor broodies , aggressive roosters or poorly growing chickens.
Recognizable, recurring "pattern" in the plumage point to so-called mixes.
Green or slate-colored legs are an indicator for mixes as well as feathered legs, beards, or frizzled plumage as they dont also occur before.
For the preservation of the Swedish flower chickens typical characteristics and external characteristics were collected. The following criteria serve as guidelines for us, without any claim to completeness.
- good hatching
- not aggressive
• Body shape:
- Land chicken form
- medium size
- strong statue
- round, with a broad chest
Hen: 2 - 2,5kg
Cock: 2.5 - 3.5kg
- Basic colors: brown, black, yellow, red, blue, wild-colored
with "mottled factor" = "flower pattern" on the pen tips.
- with or without crest
- yellow, with or without black inclusions
- flesh-colored, with or without black inclusions
- simple serrated comb,
medium in size, standing upright, with at least 4 points
- Winding comb in connection with crest possible
• Egg production:
150-180 eggs per year
- Strong tilting comb
- Little pronounced or less than 4 pips on the comb
- one colored animals (for example white and white mating) *
- Animals with few white dots in the plumage
- bad Broodies
- Aggressive cocks
- Green or dark to black as well as
... slate-colored or white Legs
- feathered Legs
- frizzled plumage
It is not allowed to breed for colors or special traits only character
Some statistics (1993-2014) from Lanthönsklubben and the genebank in the latest issue of their magazine.
Total of genebank blommehöns birds in Sweden: 1592 (+5 % compared to last year)
Number of blommehöns genebank flocks: 108
Ratio of hens to roos: 5,%
Percent of hens that have been broody: 14,30 %
Eggs/hen/year: 137,84 (numbers for non-broody hens)
Average weight of eggs: 60,81 grams
Average weight of roosters: 3,10 kilos
Average weight of hens: 2,36 kilos
Number of chicks hatched naturally: 748
Number of chicks hatched in incubator: 1134
(since 2015 this is no longer allowed for genebank blommehöns)
To keep the diversity of the Colors it is highly recommended to keep at least 2 Cockreals with each flock. If this is not the case the colours of the cockreal will overtake the coulours of the offspring.
Blommehoens which are not as "flowery" in their first year dont have to be taken out from breeding necessarily as often they will get their flowers after their first adult molt. Flower hens tent to whiten up as older they get. With every molt the Mottled Gene will get stronger and therefore its important to take the age of the chicken into consideration.
Chrested animals should be a part of every breeding flock but the chrest should not be too big. As they are a landrace it is important to keep them small so they can surfive and are able to notice predetors.
The Genebank Flocks are only allowed to hatch under hens, Incubator hatching is not allowed.