Bird of a Thousand Flowers-The Swedish Flower

A hen with such a pretty sounding name has to be special – and the Swedish Flower Hen is certainly that. The name translates as ‘Skane Bloom-hen’; very appropriate since the feathers remind you of flowers.
It was relatively unknown outside of its native land of Sweden until 2010 when a few were imported to the US. Even in its own country, it was virtually unknown until the 1980s when its plight came to the attention of Swedish preservationists as it was teetering on the brink of extinction.
The Swedish Flower hen has the distinction of being a landrace chicken. Landrace birds were not ‘engineered’ by mankind but rather adapted naturally to the environment in which they lived. The weak did not survive (Darwin’s principle at work).
They evolved to become very adept at survival in the sometimes harsh climate of southern Sweden and became the traditional farm hen of that region.
Although its origins can only be guessed at, it is likely that seafarers’ and settlers brought chickens to remote settlements in trade for other things and also as a food source.
It has been written about at least 300 years ago in various documents from that period.
They would have contributed eggs and meat to the farmer and the feathers were used to fill comforters, it’s unlikely that they were cared for as livestock. They would have fended for themselves and did a fine job of it too.

As with many older breeds, the rise of the industrial hen almost saw the extinction of this lovely, hardy bird.
By the 1970s’ very few were left in Sweden. A few isolated flocks were found and a restoration and breeding plan was put into place by the Swedish Genetic Project.
The object of the Project is to raise the awareness and numbers of this endangered species and to preserve their status as a heritage hen.

The base colors of these birds can range from black, blue, yellow and reds. The feather pattern is mille fleur (thousand flowers), the feathers are white tipped. The combinations are many and varied – black/white; white/red and a pattern similar to the Speckled Sussex hen.
The rarest coloration pattern is called ‘Snow Leopard’. Some of the white tips are replaced by black tips giving an overall picture of gold/white/black markings named after the rare Snow Leopard.

On November 21, 2015 Amaretto wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving with some 2015 Thanksgiving Collectors Edition Barnyard Birds. These birds had hiden surprises, which were the Swedish Flower birds. The Swedish flower bird coat does have the ability to pass.

Starting in June of 2019 Amaretto introduced the Craved Birds!
In January 2020 by breeding any two of the Sussex Bantam and Swedish Flower birds, you had the chance of getting the Sapphire Dazzle Craved Sussex Bantam or the Sapphire Dazzle Craved Swedish Flower Bird. These coats also can be passed.

ROOSTER
HEN

I hope you enjoy the “thousand flower” coats of these lovely birds.

Coveted Circlet Water Horse!

Lets talk about the the new horse that I know a LOT of you have been asking me about! What am I talking about this months Unique Horse Breeding!

Coveted Circlet – Water

Isnt this horse awesome looking! Well let me give you the low down! The coat on the Coveted Circlet – Water DOES NOT pass!

Booooo IKR! But wait there is something that does the Wave eye and the Coveted Circlet Water Horn DO have the ability to pass!

How do you get one?
Starting July 1, 2020 at 12:01 AM until July 31, 2020 12:00 PM any time you breed the following qualifiers together you have the opportunity to get a awesome surprise!

Horses
The qualifiers are one parent must have a Water Element Eye and the other must be one of the following Craved Stormy Coats:
Craved Stormy Amaretto Opkai – Beryl
Craved Stormy Blue Raspberry Appaloosa
Craved Stormy Black Walker
Craved Stormy Ivory Dunn
Craved Stormy Silver Arabian
Craved Stormy Silver Walker

So keep your eye out for these horses making a splash into your herd!

Happy breeding everyone this is Ava over and out!

Blueberry Pickin’ Time!

Happy Hump Day Fellow Breeders!

Summer is a bountiful time for many fresh fruits and veggies, and one of my favorites is blueberries. That’s why the whole month of July has been officially named Blueberry Month! The purpose of this recognition is to spotlight the amazing health benefits of this tasty, vibrant berry which is packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

Before the early 1900s, the only way to enjoy fresh blueberries was to seek them out in the wild where they grew naturally. Today, producers and private gardeners have domesticated the bush to make these delicious berries readily available to everyone.

Pick some Amaretto blueberries!

Amaretto recognizes the beautiful color of the blueberry by providing you a selection of traits to pick from.

Today is a great day to start a Blueberry-traited creation, so, get to pickin’!

Until next time…HAPPY BREEDING!


Constellation Cancer!

Hey everyone its another manic Monday, I wanted to talk to everyone about something that started happening on the 1st of July!

You may have seen chatter about a Constellation – Cancer Eye! These eyes started randomly dropping, into your breeding herd!

These eyes are replacing the Flags of the World Eyes! Thats correct there will be no new Flag of the World Eyes!

The Constellation – Cancer is available from July 1st until July 30th! The Constellation Eye DOES have the ability to pass!

So expect to see a new eye ever month! I know that you guys will find something amazing to do with these new Monthly eyes!

Happy breeding everyone this is Ava over and out!

K-9 Tints!

Hi everyone Happy Saturday and Happy 4th of July!

Today I want to talk about the K-9 Tints! Did you know you can change the look of your K-9 by adding one of these awesome tints? Read all about them right here!

The Sunrise trait gives your K-9 a yellow tint. The sunrise trait comes from breeding “Starter Coats” together or 1 starter with any other K9.

The Sunset trait gives your K-9 an orange tint. The sunset trait comes from breeding “Starter Coats” together or 1 starter with any other K9.

The Rose trait gives your K-9 an Rose tint. The Rose trait comes from breeding two “Amaretto Special Edition K–9 Devotion Dalmatian” together.

The Mint trait gives your K-9 an Mint tint. The Mint trait comes from breeding two “Amaretto Special Edition K–9 Devotion Dalmatian” together.

The Lilac trait gives your K-9 an lilac tint. The Lilac trait comes from breeding two “Amaretto Special Edition K–9 Devotion Dalmatian” together.

The Periwinkle trait gives your K-9 an Periwinkle tint. The Periwinkle trait comes from breeding two “Amaretto Special Edition K–9 Devotion Dalmatian” together.

The Royal trait gives your K-9 an Royal tint. The Royal trait came with the 2.0 Dog Update.

The Cherry trait gives your K-9 an Cherry tint. The Cherry trait came with the 2.0 Dog Update.

The tint trait CAN be passed on!  So get your K-9 ready for a new look and add one of these awesome tints! For a closer look check them out on the wiki  https://k9.amaretto.wiki/index.php?title=Other_K-9_Traits

Until next time this is Snookie hoping you have a great weekend and a fun & safe July 4th!

Happy Breeding!!!

Hold My Chihuahua

Today we will talk about Chihuahuas, one of my favorite breeds. The chihuahua dog has a long history, dating back to the ancient Aztecs and Mayas, possibly as far as the 9th century in Mexico.
The earlier ancestors probably had been present before the Mayas as dogs approximating the Chihuahua are found in materials from the Great Pyramid of Cholula, antedating 1530 and in the ruins of Chichen Itza on the Yucatán Peninsula. However, a genetic study indicated that there was less than 2 percent pre-European mitochondrial DNA in modern Chihuahuas due to admixture with the European dogs.
In a 1520 letter, Hernan Cortés wrote that the Aztecs raised and sold the little dogs as food. Colonial records refer to small, nearly hairless dogs at the beginning of the 19th century, one of which claims 16th-century Conquistadores found them plentiful in the region later known as Chihuahua. Small dogs such as Chihuahuas were also used as living heating pads during illness or injury. Chihuahuas as we know them today remained a rarity until the early 20th century; the American Kennel Club (AKC) did not register a Chihuahua until 1904.

Breed standards for the Chihuahua do not specify a height, only a weigh and conformation, with weights ranging from tiny teacups at 1.5 pounds to 6 or 8 pound dogs. Chihuahuas occur in virtually any color combination, from solid to marked or splashed, allowing for colors from solid black to solid white, spotted, sabled, or a variety of other colors and patterns. Colors and patterns can combine and affect each other, resulting in a very high degree of variation. Common colors are fawn, red, cream, chocolate, brown, mixed, white, and black.

On April 23, 2012 Amaretto released K-9 Update Version 1.4 and these Non-Starter Coats were added!
The Chihuahua is one set of many exciting possible Non-Starter coats that can come from breeding “Starter Coats”.
You can have a chance at one of these exciting Non-Starter coated Chihuahuas by breeding any K-9 with a starter K-9 or by breeding together two starter K-9s.
These coats CAN be passed on.

Since that release, Amaretto has used the Chihuahua for lots of Special Editions and other coats, including the 2012 Fresh Baked Gingerbread Chihuahua, the 2014 Valentine Chihuahuas, the 2015 Spring Edition Chihuahuas, the 2015 Halloween Chihuahua, the 2017 Cinco De Mayo, and the 2nd Anniversary Fireworks and Confetti dogs. We also have a Chihuahua Mutt and Blanco, a Chihuahua Best in Show, the Zodiac Libra Chihuahua, the Elemental Heart Chihuahua.They’ve used it for the Chorkie and Staffhuahua Twist dogs, a combination of breeding 2 different coats, and the Crazed Coat Chihuahua.

You can see all these coats on the Amaretto K9 Wiki here.

https://k9.amaretto.wiki/index.php?title=K-9_Coats

As you can see, the tiny but mighty Chihuahua is a versatile coat. What is your favorite one?

Celebrate Canada!

Happy Hump Day Fellow Breeders!

July 1st is Canada Day! Canada Day is a celebration of Canadian nationalism, heritage, and pride; and commemorates the joining of Canada’s original three provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which is now Ontario and Quebec) as one nation in 1867.  

The holiday was previously called Dominion Day, for the Dominion of Canada in the British empire. Since 1983, July 1 has been officially known as Canada Day.

To celebrate this National Day of Canada, on July 1, 2013, Amaretto slipped in a random drop eye. Breeders had just 24 hours to get this beautiful eye. Luckily, the eye was/is passable so, even now, you can have this trait for your very own.

Other Canadian traits include the Canadian Flag in the Flags of the World eye collections for the horses, k-9s, and barnyard birds. These eyes were random drops from January 1 – 31, 2018. Theses traits are passable, as well.

The maple leaf represents unity across the entire country – regardless of birthplace. It is an inclusive symbol, and by removing the association with the Union Jack on the old flag, the maple leaf has become a symbol of Canada’s nationality and independence.

Wishing all our Canadian breeders a very Happy Canada Day! 🍁

Until next time…HAPPY BREEDING EVERYONE!

Ponie Bandana!

Hey guys! Its Tuesday and it just happens to be the last day of June! We are officially in the summer swing! I know its warm around here!

Since the release of the new Ponie update lots of really cool Ponie traits have been coming out and i just wanted to share one with everyone today and that is the Bandana trait!

Red Paisley

Rainbow

Leopard

How do you get your hands on one of these? Well hopefully you bought some new Ponie starters when they were released! But if you didn’t the good news is that you can still go get some!

These awesome Bandanas DO have the ability to pass! I think that these are really cute so keep your eyes out for Bandanas!

This is Ava over and out happy breeding everyone!

Albino Miniature!

Hello everyone! Its another Magnificent Monday! How is everyone today? I hope that you guys are safe and healthy.

I wanted to share something pretty awesome with you guys in case you have not seen it yet. Lets take a look at the Albino Miniature!

Amaretto Albinos have become somewhat famous in the Amaretto Community. To have such a prized horse born is very exciting. Plus they come with a very special eye that will be sought after by many.

The Albino Miniature comes randomly from full siblings.

In order for a chance at an Albino Miniature one of these full siblings MUST BE a Miniature.

Full siblings are siblings that come from the exact same mother and father. Siblings do not have to have the same traits they only need to be full sibling.

So get to breeding those Miniature siblings and remember you could get a regular albino! This is Ava over and out Happy breeding everyone!

Steer Horns!

Hello everyone hope your weekend is going well and you are enjoying your Saturday!

Today the spotlight is shining on the Steer Horns!

When the version 6.01 Horse update came out on Apr.27,2019 these exciting new horns were hidden in new starters. The Steer Horn are one of many exciting possible Non-Starter traits that can come from breeding “Starter Horses”.

You can have a chance at one of these exciting new Steer Horns by breeding any horse with a starter horse or by breeding any 6.01 starter horses.

On July 12, 2019 Amaretto held the Amaretto Country Fair and and unveiled the fifth Horse in the line of Seven Heavenly Virtues and Seven Deadly Sins Horses! Hiding in these OOAK was the Indolence and Intensity Horns!

For a closer look at any of these horns you can check them out on the wiki https://horse.amaretto.wiki/index.php?title=Steer_Horn

Until next time this is Snookie hoping you have a great weekend!

Happy Breeding!!