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