All About Heritage Chickens

Considering Raising Heritage Chickens? Here’s What You Need To Know

A heritage chicken is a breed of chicken that has been around for a long time and is considered to be a part of a country’s agricultural heritage. These chickens are usually bred for their ability to thrive in a variety of environments, rather than for their egg or meat production.

They are generally considered to be healthier and hardier than modern commercial breeds, and are often used in small-scale or backyard poultry farming. Some examples of heritage chicken breeds include the Barred Plymouth Rock, the Sussex, and the Brahma. These chickens are known for their unique characteristics and are often bred for their colorful feathers and distinctive appearances.

Heritage chicken breeds are breeds that were developed in the past and are now considered to be endangered or at risk of extinction. These breeds are valued for their genetic diversity and are important for maintaining a healthy and resilient gene pool in poultry.

Here is a List of Some Heritage Breeds You May Be Familiar With:

  1. Australorp
  2. Barred Plymouth Rock
  3. Brahma
  4. Buckeye
  5. Chantecler
  6. Cochin
  7. Dominique
  8. Dorking
  9. Faverolle
  1. Jersey Giant
  2. Leghorn
  3. Marans
  4. Orpington
  5. Plymouth Rock
  6. Rhode Island Red
  7. Sussex
  8. Wyandotte
  9. MORE
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Where Can You Find Heritage Chickens?

  1. Hatcheries: There are several hatcheries that specialize in heritage chicken breeds. You can find a list of hatcheries that sell heritage breeds online or by contacting the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
  2. Poultry shows or exhibitions: Poultry shows or exhibitions are a great place to find heritage chickens and talk to breeders. You can find a list of upcoming shows in your area by contacting the American Poultry Association or the American Bantam Association.
  3. Online classifieds or forums: There are several online classifieds and forums where you can find heritage chickens for sale. A popular option is Backyard Chickens.

Best Place To Learn More About Heritage Chickens

Livestock Conservatory Articles of Interest

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Broody Hens, Behavior and How to Handle It

  • Need a Better Understanding of the Broody Hen?
  • Here’s a Couple Articles That will Help you Address this Behavior
  • Definition of Broody: A hen with strong instincts to hatch eggs, whether or not they are fertile, or even present in the nest.

The Signs of a Broody Hen

Your hen won’t leave the nest, appears to not be eating, her feathers are all fluffed up, she’s pale, and lethargic. These are classic signs of the broody hen. First of all she isn’t starving, she is eating and drinking, but it’s low on her list of priorities… Read Article

What is a Broody Hen and How to Deal With It McMurray Hatchery Blog

Chicken Breeds with Broody Tendencies

If you are only interested in egg production than you may not want to purchase chicks that have broody tendencies.  Broody hens can be troublesome, so if your not looking for a mother hen, here are the breeds you may want to avoid… Read Article

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Why Hens Leave the Nest After Laying an Egg

A Hen Knows Best…

Chickens never lay more than one egg per day. If the eggs are not collected, and a sufficient number of eggs are allowed to remain in the nest, the hen may stop laying eggs and start brooding. When the hen leaves the nest after laying an egg, it cools which suspends the development of the embryo inside.

If the temperature remains between 45F and 65F, the embryos will remain viable for as long as two weeks. When the hen becomes broody and sits on her eggs for three weeks, all of the eggs will hatch at about the same time. This is why it is normal for the hen to leave the nest after laying.

Buff Orpington, Docile, Often Broody

Remember, not all hens will sit on eggs…ever. However, some breeds have very strong tendencies to become broody, or be inclined to incubate eggs.

Here are a few common broody breeds…

•Buff Orpingtons
• Silkies
• Cochins
• Light Brahmas
• Dark Cornish
• Buff Rocks
• Turkens
•Buff Brahmas
• Cuckoo Marans
• Cochin Bantams
• Cornish Bantams

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