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