I am as enamored with Icelandic chickens as I was the day Stella flew over our fence nearly five years ago. We’ve hatched hundreds of chicks and distributed hatching eggs all over the country. We’ve worked to get the fray gene eradicated from our breeders. The things that first attracted me to this breed continue to do so today. Besides being beautiful and diverse, they are healthy, hardy, and smart. We have a number of juveniles who were recently moved from brooders into coops. We are trying to get them to go inside the coop at night. They want to huddle just outside the door, in the freezing cold. I go out nightly, gather them up, and put them in the coops, with one exception. From day one out of the brooder, the little Icelandic has not only gone in the coop, but gets herself up to the top roost with the big chickens. Now, if the others would just follow her lead, I wouldn’t be shlepping out in the cold in my slippers looking in corners for piles of shivering chicks. They will eventually figure it out, but sometimes I wonder if an all Icelandic flock wouldn’t be easier.
My original flock of Icelandics from Sigrid stands at six total, one rooster, my beloved Isi, two hens, my beloved Lukka and her look-a-like daughter, a Miss Polaris clone, and a blue/gray juvenile pullet and a little blue/orange cockerel. I plan to keep them all since Isi and Lukka are getting up there in age. I don’t want to lose that line. I would include pictures but now they are finishing their molts and they look like they were all hit by the same bus. They’ll be pretty again soon and I’ll update with photos.
My new line of Icelandics are still juveniles and are not molting so I can show pictures. The older group are 21 weeks old and the cockerels are starting to crow and one of the pullets looks just about ready to begin laying. My older girls, Skye, a wheaten Americana, Stella, an Icelandic cross, and Cathy, a Wellsumer love to photobomb the pictures so you’ll see them here and there.
I really like the looks of the orange cockerel but my friends on BYC prefer the blue boy. I am keeping them both, for now.
I also have a mottled black and white pullet in this group and I am quite anxious to see how she turns out.
Here is the girl I suspect is ready to begin laying. Since this picture was taken her comb and wattles have gotten very red, a sign that they are nearing point of lay.
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