The Swedish Flower Hen is considered a 'landrace' breed. A landrace breed is defined as "a local variety of domesticated animal which has developed largely by natural processes, adaptating to the natural and cultural environment in which it lives. It differs from a formal breed which has been selectively bred to conform to a particular standard of traits."
I seriously don't think that you can find a prettier flock of chickens than a bunch of Swedish Flower Hens. And they're gaining in popularity in the states! My Swedish grandmother recalls having these on her farm - they are cold-hardy and friendly.
Greenfire Farms - Swedish Flower Hen Few breeds are as practical as Swedish flower hens. The roosters have a powerful upright bearing and a broad chest. The hens are prolific layers for most of the year, and they far out-produce other breeds like Orpingtons.