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Icelandic Settlement Hen Stock to Be Restored

A collection has been launched to help the farmer Júlíus Már Baldursson at the farm Tjörn on the Vatnsnes peninsula in northwest Iceland restore his Icelandic settlement hen stock, which was killed when the farm’s outhouses burned to the ground last month.

Icelandic settlement hens. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The outhouses were completely destroyed in the fire. Around 250 birds and four cats were killed in the fire and almost 1,000 eggs that were about to hatch were destroyed. Additionally, equipment worth millions of ISK was ruined in the fire, Fréttabladid reports.

The Icelandic settlement hen is a unique breed which has been isolated in Iceland since the settlement in the 9th century AD. The fowls have multicolored feathers. The Icelandic hen stock was at a risk of extinction when some farmers stepped in to save it.

Baldursson was among the most active breeders and so the fire at his farm was a blow for the Icelandic hen stock as a whole.

Those keen on helping the farmer restore his hen stock can contribute with donations to the account 1105-15-200235. The ID number (kennitala) is 011260-2259.

Click here to read more about the fire.

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