Chicken Pickin’

Any good farm should have chickens. Am I right? For our farm we do not want just any chickens. We do not want the industrial standard. We do not want the hybrid stock that is bred either to produce tons of eggs or reach market weight as quickly as possible. We want to promote genetic diversity! We want to raise a flock that is free from hormones and less vulnerable to infections and disease. We want a flock that can sustain a long productive life outdoors! We want Heritage Chickens!

Click here to see a nice chart detailing the differences between the Heritage Chicken vs. the Industrial Chicken

So the question then becomes which Heritage breed is for us? We know we want a bird primarily for eggs that is also a nummy treat. We want a flock with a calmer temperament that can forage but is not resistant to confinement if need be. We would prefer a breed that is Critical or Threatened on the ALBC Priority Ranking. We would also prefer a bird that is visually appealing (differing personal tastes not withstanding).

With our criteria in mind: The Intentional Family presents this list of options.

Buckeye

Chantecler

Delaware

Dorking

Faverolle

Holland

Houdans

Langshan

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Stacey on February 8, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    My vote, for what it’s worth, is the Buckeye. I love the color. I have never been fond of white chickens. I also like the Houdans.

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  2. Posted by Suzie on March 31, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    how do we find out which egg tastes the best and which type produces the most eggs. also, being in a higher altitude, which is better on high?

    Reply

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