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Icelandic Chicken

From: $7.00

Country of Origin: Iceland

Bird Size: 3-5.5

  • Egg Production: great

Egg Size: medium

Egg Color: medium white

Comb Type: all comb styles

​Hardiness: very hardy in all environments but extremely cold hardy

​Temperament: some are talkative and friendly, some flighty, prefer to free range

Conservation Status: Threatened

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    Fee for Females Only!
    Sexing fowl is very hard to do and only generally 70% accurate. We base this assumption on behavior and feathering, no vent sexing. We are not responsible for any errors on this. However, we will kindly refund with farm credit if the error occurs , excluding Ayam Cemani (no shipping refunds). For biosecurity purposes we are not able to take back any fowl. If you are purchasing a male or straight-run, zero fees apply. See our Sexing Policy 

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  • Sugar Feather Farm offers a deposit service for Spring 2021 where you can put down a deposit of 50% of the purchase price now and the other half due by March 1 2021.  This deposit is non-refundable if you choose to cancel your order. See our polices page

  • Sexing Agreement

    Fee for Females Only!
    Sexing fowl is very hard to do and only generally 70% accurate. We base this assumption on behavior and feathering, no vent sexing. We are not responsible for any errors on this. However, we will kindly refund with farm credit if the error occurs , excluding Ayam Cemani (no shipping refunds). For biosecurity purposes we are not able to take back any fowl. If you are purchasing a male or straight-run, zero fees apply. See our Sexing Policy 

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Icelandic chickens are the ultimate all around free-range chicken. Icelandics have much to offer for a more self-sufficient homestead, farm or backyard flock. While not generally suitable for confinement, if given range to roam—whether on pasture or in woods—they are highly skilled at both foraging much of their own feed and evading predators. They are not typically friendly and cuddly bird, however with a lot of interaction starting from chick size they can be very friendly and chatty! They are very chatty so be ready, one of our children is very fond of them and they are her favorite!  In regards to foraging they love piles of decomposing vegetation and other organic refuse, with a payoff of free natural feeds for the flock and compost for the garden. (In their native land they are also called Haughænsni or “pile chickens” because of their preference for such debris heaps). During their foraging they eat lots of bugs – and love to eat ticks! Great for off-grid living as well. They can fly well and are good escape artists.

These chickens are hardy and weather tolerant  – they thrive in Vermont, but can handle all temperatures and situations. They are one of the only breeds to generally lay consistently in the winter, we choose to not have them lay in the winter so they can be more productive in the Spring. Eggs are white to cream color, medium size.  Generally a leaner chicken, which helps them be more stealth like! These are really tough/strong birds.

Icelandics are still relatively unknown in the United States, but we think they are getting a lot more attention for all of their beneficial uses.  You don’t want to miss getting a hold of these multi-purpose chickens. They are considered “threatened” by the Livestock Conservancy, a rare and unique breed of chicken.

Our flock consists of all 4 imported lines however we have PURE Sigrid Lines and Steinar II.  All our birds are Non-GMO and vaccinated for Marek’s Disease.

History

Icelandic chickens originated with the settlement of Iceland in the tenth century by the Norse, who brought their farmstead chickens with them. (In Iceland they are known as Íslenska landnámshænan or “Icelandic chicken of the settlers.”) Over the centuries, selection favored breeders capable of feeding themselves on Icelandic smallholdings, and hens with reliable mothering skills. The result was a landrace of active, naturally healthy fowl adapted to harsh conditions, on the small side with good egg production, even in winter.

The term “landrace” means that these chickens were selected all over Iceland for the same suite of utilitarian traits—but not to conform to a specific breed standard.  Typically a flock of Icelandics is a visual kaleidoscope, showing every feather color and pattern, both single and rose comb styles, and various shank colors. Some birds, both hens and cocks, have crests of feathers on the head, while others do not.

There are 4 recognized lines of Icelandic Chickens in North America. Each of the lines came from a different farm or preservation flock in Iceland.
In 1997/1998 by Sigrid Thordarson, from Steinar II and Syðstu Fossum Farm, this line is known as the “Sigrid Line.”  Sometimes refered to as the as the Steiner II line or import. In 2003 by Lyle Behl, from Kolsstaðir Farm, this line is known as the “Behl Line.” At times, also refered to as the “Kolsholt Line” or import. From 2010 – 2011 Withrow, Lallemand and Bentely, from Hlesey Farm, this line is known as the “Hlesey Line.” or import.  The Lallemand import is managed by Whippoorwill Farm. Finally, in 2012 by Vala Withrow, from Husatoftir Farm, this line is known as both Vala’s line or the “Husatoftir Line.” or import.

 

Sugar-Feather is member of the following groups:

National Poultry Improvement Plan

The Livestock Conservancy

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.

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