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Country of Origin: Sweden
Primary Use: Egg
Bird Size: 4-5 Lbs
Egg Production: Good
Egg Color: Tan color
Comb Type: Single comb
Hardiness: Extremely cold tolerant, heat tolerant as well
Temperament: friendly and docile
ALBC Priority: Not Listed
The Hedemora is a rare chicken breed over 500 years old that developed in the forested areas of the part of Sweden known as Hedemora. It’s said to be the most cold hardy chicken in the world. Hedemoras are known to lay throughout the frigid winters, and are willing foragers even in the snow at a very low temperature in subzero weather – how cool! We immediately wanted to get our hands on these birds living in the harsh conditions of Vermont.
Hedemora chickens are a landrace breed that over time split into three distinct varieties. The first variety is the ‘Wooly Silkied-Feather’, which has fine and furry looking feathers that cover its body. They can have feathers on their legs, clean legs and colorings can vary, with a heavy down layer under their feathers, which protect them from the extremely cold weather. Our breeding stock has several color varieties and feather variations! A landrace breed means that there is no standard in colorings, looks etc. What this means for you is you can expect some fun colors and looks, there are even some that are fibro! We breed for temperament and health.
Hedemora chickens have small single combs and wattles, and mostly red earlobes. The hens are good layers of white to light tan eggs (around 150 eggs per year), and they tend to go broody as well. Due to their very thick feathering, Hedemoras are capable of brooding very large clutches of eggs and make wonderful mothers. These chickens can acclimate to any climates, but it gives us peace of mind knowing in the winter months they will be able to handle the cold temperatures. They are a very calm breed, the roosters are generally friendly and hens tame and sweet, some timid. This is important to know in the flock hierarchy.
Hardy birds, easy keepers and they make great pets. We also find adding additional younger birds to the flock to be a smooth transition. A huge favorite on the farm and interact well with other breeds and fowl. Our daughter has her favorite rooster in several videos on our You Tube Channel.
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Pre-ordered adults and hatchlings may be picked up by appointment. To safeguard our birds from exposure to disease brought in by visitors, in accordance with the provisions of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, areas where birds are kept are off limits. However you are welcome to look at all the breeds and interactions, it is a site to see.