Chicken Icelandic chickens are not firmly standardized in appearance and possess a wide range of plumage colours and patterns, skin colouration and comb types. A living legend from a millennia ago.
Some even have unique feather crests.
HALTER ICELANDIC Icelandic ChickenThe Icelandic Chicken is a ‘landrace’ fowl, a species which has developed largely by natural processes from an old breed of chicken introduced to Iceland during the 9th Century by Viking (Norse ‘nörs‘) settlers. In the Icelandic language, the Viking Chickens are called íslenska hænan, Haughænsni or landnámshænan. The modern Icelandic language is from Old Icelandic, a western dialect of Old Norse spoken by the Vikings.
Considered a natural breed or traditional breed, the fowl favoured by the Viking is here today.
Icelandic chickens are not firmly standardized in appearance and possess a wide range of plumage colours and patterns, skin colouration and comb types. Some have feather crests.
Despite this variance in appearance, Icelandic chickens are uniformly hardy in winter, have white earlobes, and lay white to light brown coloured eggs. They are also said to be docile in temperament, and hens will readily go broody.
Landraces and traditional varieties have been revived by enthusiasts who seek to preserve their agricultural and culinary heritage.