There is no standard for Swedish flower chickens. However, there are so-called guidelines. The Svenska Lanthönsklubben clearly says what is wanted and undesirable.
We fully respect the requirements for the preservation of this cultural asset in the country of origin, Sweden!
Thus, we generally and vehemently reject all changes (e.g. crossroads with Italians, Sussex porcelain-colored, etc.). We do not give hatching eggs or hatchlings to questionable stocks with commercially oriented breeding ambitions.
External appearance (according to Genbank guidelines):
The basic colors are black, blue, gray, brown, wild colors or yellow. The feather tips are white and create the typical floral pattern (mottling). Roosters always have at least three colors.
The color of the stand ( leg color ) should be yellowish, flesh-colored or black-mottled.
Swedish flower chickens can bear a crest . According to Genbank, a proportion of crook carriers in the coulter of 30 to a maximum of 40% is ideal.
Statistics within the Swedish Genebank (since 1993) show an average weight for roosters
3.1 kg and in hens of 2.36 kg.
The laying performance is around 180 cream-colored eggs per year.
Flower chickens are good feeders, active and flight-friendly animals. At the same time, they have a calm mind. Thanks to their curiosity, they quickly become trusting and tame. They are also extremely instinctive.
Unwanted and against the thoughts of the gene bank:
Selective human interventions regarding the plumage / stand color (exclusion of animals with flesh-colored stands due to personal taste) and the intentional mating of blue x blue (hatching pure white animals) are generally undesirable.
Bad luck, aggressive or poorly guarding cocks are excluded from breeding.
How can I tell that they are not purebreds?
A colorful plumage does not automatically indicate a Swedish flower hen. We often see animals on the relevant sales portals or on the market as flower chicken, which have the typical mottling (white feather tips) but are not flower chickens. Spotted chickens are just as common. The disappointment among the buyers is great. The animals can not help it and they are certainly not worse animals, but the buyers usually pay almost the same price as for an actually purebred flower hen.
There is also no dwarf form of the breed. Likewise, there are no beard bearers, pointed caps or feathered feet among the flower chickens. In the breeding of poultry, the irregularly colored coloring is called "porcelain-colored", which is also used as a color change in other breeds (eg Orpington, Serama, Chabos, Orloff).
Watch out for:
There are no green or slate-colored legs. Also no 5th toe like the silk hen or feathered barrel like the Marans or Brahma.
Flower chickens carry a single comb. Never rose combs.
Flower chickens have the typical bulbous country chicken shape. The focus is on the front.
There is no dwarf form.
Any kind of sparrowing and recurring hemming / pattern reveals the crossing of another breed (cf. Bielefeld Kennhuhn, Sperber).