With the industrialization of chickens many breeds were sidelined in preference for a few rapidly growing hybrids.
The Livestock Conservancy now lists over three-dozen breeds of chickens in danger of extinction. Extinction of a breed would mean the irrevocable loss of the genetic resources and options it embodies. Therefore, to draw attention to these endangered breeds, to support their long-term conservation, to support efforts to recover these breeds to historic levels of productivity, and to re-introduce these culinary and cultural treasures to the marketplace, The Livestock Conservancy is defining Heritage Chicken. Chickens must meet all of the following criteria to be marketed as Heritage.
Chickens marketed as Heritage must include the variety and breed name on the label.
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A Heritage Chicken is hatched from a heritage egg sired by an American Poultry Association Standard breed established prior to the midth century, is slow growing, naturally mated with a long productive outdoor life. The Livestock Conservancy has over 30 years of experience, knowledge, and understanding of endangered breeds, genetic conservation, and breeder networks. Heritage Chickens. Heritage Chicken.
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Definition of Heritage Chicken Purpose: Chickens have been a part of the American diet since the arrival of the Spanish explorers. Definition: Heritage Chicken must adhere to all the following: APA Standard Breed Heritage Chicken must be from parent and grandparent stock of breeds recognized by the American Poultry Association APA prior to the midth century; whose genetic line can be traced back multiple generations; and with traits that meet the APA Standard of Perfection guidelines for the breed.
Heritage eggs must be laid by an APA Standard breed. Naturally mating Heritage Chicken must be reproduced and genetically maintained through natural mating. Chickens marketed as Heritage must be the result of naturally mating pairs of both grandparent and parent stock. We have several birds we are able to distinguish the gender upon hatching.
This feature is known as auto sexing. We practice bio security and we test our birds on a regular basis in accordance with the WA National Poultry Improvement Plan. This assures no major issues occur through negligence.
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We are located in beautiful Delta, BC. Ayam Cemani. Light Sussex. Silver Bielefelder. Le Grand. Black Copper Marans. Jill Rees Cream Crested Legbar.
- All The Time In The World.
- Stelligeri, and other essays concerning America (1893);
- Does it Matter if You Raise Heritage Chicken Breeds or Hybrids? - Backyard Poultry.
Swedish Flower Hen. White Sulmtaler. Legbar City Folk. This is the chicken collection that we offer exclusively to backyarders. This is the rainbow collection.