Where to Find Icelandic Chicks and Hatching Eggs

This list provides contact information for hatcheries and homesteaders that sell Icelandic chicks and hatching eggs.

October/November 2014

By Hannah Kincaid

Icelandic chicks with hen

Icelandic chickens are a hardy, self-reliant breed with flavorful meat and good egg-laying ability, even in winter! This ancient breed is great at foraging the majority of their own food, which means you won’t have to spend much money on supplemental feed. The hens also make great mothers, so after your Icelandic Chicken flock is established you won’t need to buy new Icelandic chicks or hatching eggs each year. In our opinion, these positive attributes make up for the fact that Icelandic chicks and hatching eggs are more expensive than those of other breeds, and they’re also a little hard to find.

To help you track down Icelandic chicks and hatching egg sources near you, we received permission from the folks who run the Icelandic Chicken Facebook group  to repost their 2014 Breeders List, below. Additional information, as well as the most up-to-date breeders list, is available on the Valhalla Homestead Icelandic Chickens website.

20-year veteran homesteader and father to a flock of hardy Icelandics, Harvey Ussery wrote a fantastic article for MOTHER entitled “Icelandic Chickens: An Ancient Breed for Modern Homesteads.” You can read it here or in our October/November 2014 issue.

2014 Icelandic Breeders List

Lyle Behl, Illinois

Sue Bentley, Langley, BC, Canada
Viking Chickens in Canada

Ruth Jonasson Cartwright, Victoria, BC, Canada

Crystal DeCarlo, Black Earth Farm, Ohio

David Grote, Whippoorwill Farm and Studio, Wisconsin

Isaac Helmericks, Alaska

Carla Rhyant, Keephills, Alberta, Canada
Rhyant Rock Farm

Lisa and Frank Richards, Mack Hill Farm, Vermont

James Trundy Verrill, Fayrehale Farm, Vermont

Mary Wetterstroem, Roseland Haven Farm, Florida

Hannah Kincaid is an Assistant Editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine. She is an enthusiastic student of herbal medicine, organic gardening and yoga. You can find Hannah on .

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