Let's dive back into the 9th century when the Viking age was in full swing. A remarkable breed of chickens known as the Icelandic emerged. These chickens, also referred to as Viking hens, have a fascinating history deeply rooted in the Viking settlements of Iceland. The story begins with the Vikings, seafaring warriors and traders who explored and settled in various parts of the world. As they voyaged across the seas, the vikings brought with them a variety of livestock, including chickens. These chickens eventually found their way to Iceland, where they adapted and evolved over centuries of isolation and harsh conditions. Over time, Icelandic chickens became an integral part of the local culture and farming practices in Iceland. They were highly valued for their versatility, providing not only a sustainable source of eggs and meat but also feathers for insulation, bones for tools, and even companionship.
Today, the viking hens or Icelandic chickens of the 9th Century continue to captivate poultry enthusiasts around the world. Their historical significance and unique traits make them a sought after breed for those who appreciate the beauty of heritage livestock and the sustainable practices they represent.
By choosing to raise the Icelandic chickens, you become the guardian of this remarkable piece of history, preserving a breed that embodies the spirit of the Viking Age and the resilience of the Icelandic farming traditions.
Average Number of Eggs per Year : 170-250
Egg Size : Varies
|Average Weight (hens) : 3-3.5 lbs
Average Weight (roosters) : 4-5 lbs
Temperament : Active, and Curious
The egg production and egg weight can vary slightly depending on individual hen, age and genetics and management practices. The temperament described is generally true for Icelandic chickens, but individual birds may vary in behavior.
Húsatóftir ,Hlésey, Sigrid and Behi bloodlines. These are not separated.