About Heritage Chickens

Definition: Standard breeds of chickens as defined by the American Poultry Association that are naturally mating, long-lived, and slow growing.

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.

Where to Find Heritage Chickens

Some Heritage Chickens can be obtained from hatcheries. These hatcheries are listed by territory all across the U.S. See List.

Note: The Livestock Conservancy encourages contacting the hatchery directly to determine the breeds of birds available and to determine whether these are in fact Heritage Chickens.

The Livestock Conservancy also maintains a list of Heritage Chicken breeders in its Breeders Directory. You can visit the online directory HERE.

This is a compilation of images taken of a variety of heritage breeds that were photographed by Conservancy staff at several poultry shows.

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amy elizabeth, writer, author. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm. Raises laying hens.
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