THE HERITAGE POULTRY STORY
Heritage poultry are natural, non-genetically modified breeds of poultry. Heritage poultry™ is defined by the historic, range-based production system in which it is raised. Birds must meet every aspect of the criteria determined by the American Poultry Association (APA) . They must be the result of naturally mating pairs of both grandparent and parent stock. They must have a long, productive outdoor lifespan and the genetic makeup that allows them to withstand the environmental rigors of the outdoors. They must also have a slow growth rate in order to develop a strong skeletal structure and healthy organs prior to building muscle mass.
A Heritage egg™ can only be produced by a Standard-bred Chicken admitted by the American Poultry Association. A Heritage Chicken™ is hatched from a Heritage Egg™ sired by an American Poultry Association Standard-bred Chicken established prior to the mid-20th century, is slow growing, naturally mated with a long productive outdoor life.
The Birds on our Farm
Delawares is a fairly heavy-bodied, white (silver) bird with black markings. They were originally developed in the state of Delaware in 1940 from some silver sports (birds that differ from the parent stock, often through mutation) that cropped out by chance from a broiler cross using New Hampshire Reds and Barred Plymouth Rocks. They were recognized as a separate breed and admitted to the APA Standard in 1952. While they were thought of as a broiler originally, today they are recognized as a dual-purpose bird, most useful for the backyard or homestead. As a breed originating in America, Delawares are often kept today by those who are interested in maintaining US heritage breeds..
Delawares are great layers and good foragers on range. Their disposition is usually mild and friendly, although fiery Delaware males are not unheard of. Overall, they are an attractive, old-fashioned bird with good utility value, and well bred specimens can be particularly striking in appearance.
The Chantecler is a breed of chicken originating in Canada. One of only two native Canadian breeds (the other being the Blue Foot Chicken), the Chantecler was developed in the early 20th century, at the Abbey of Notre-Dame du Lac in Oka, Quebec. It is extremely cold-resistant, and is suitable for both egg and meat production.
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