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Icelandic Hen Breeder Starts Farming Again

Júlíus Már Baldursson at the farm Tjörn on Vatnsnes peninsula, who is one of the largest breeders of Icelandic Settlement Hens, has taken the first step towards restoring his hen stock after losing close to 300 fowls in a fire in late March.

Icelandic Settlement Hens. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Ten roosters survived the fire and Baldursson has acquired a few hens. “I have received a few hens from three individuals who were going to get rid of them. I didn’t want to see them slaughtered,” the farmer told Fréttabladid.

“But this is just a sample. Now I’m waiting to get started for real again and get the stock back to its former size,” Baldursson added.

Tjörn is land owned by the state and the farmer is waiting for an answer from the Ministry of Agriculture as to whether the houses that were destroyed in the fire will be rebuilt or whether old sheepfolds on the land will be renovated to accommodate hens.

“I’m hoping to receive an answer shortly,” Baldursson said. “The main emphasis is now being placed on repairing the damage to the house in which I live and to reconstruct the adjacent building to the house. The ruins have been removed and the site covered with gravel.”

It will take a few weeks until people can begin ordering eggs from Tjörn again. “But once I start working on it full time again, it shouldn’t take long,” Baldursson said.

Click here to read more about the fire at Tjörn.

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