- Get Our Free Newsletter!
- For more than 130 years, GRIT has helped its readers live more prosperously and happily while emphasizing the importance of community and a rural lifestyle tradition.
- Subscribe Today!
Second in a three part series. Dr. Jacquie Jacob shares her research on how to effectively use heritage breeds for small-scale meat production operations. As discussed in Part 1 of this three part series, we ran a study at the University of Kentucky poultry research farm comparing three heritage breeds (Black Australorp, Barred Plymouth Rock […]Read more »
ZipAlexandra Douglas has been raising and breeding quail for over a decade. She began, like many of us do, by just getting a bird and going from there. Read about her early adventures and deepening understanding of how to selectively breed quail. Beginning with Stella I never knew I would be breeding Coturnix quail. I […]Read more »
One of the most common questions I receive over at the Iron Oak Farm blog is “can I breed chickens that are related to each other?” The simple answer to that question is yes! And to be honest, you will most likely have success with a batch of healthy offspring. Breeding chickens can […]Read more »
The more I read about breeding the more I realize I don’t know. And with each tidbit of knowledge I give more and more credit to those who are raising high quality heritage breeds and participating in breeding programs. In my last post, I talked about clan breeding which is a breeding system that allows […]Read more »
If you are a small flock owner who breeds their own chickens, how do you ensure genetic diversity, but also maintain the integrity of your heritage breeds? Jennifer Sartell shares useful tips about “Clan mating.” For the past few years I have been concentrating on raising high quality Buff Orpingtons. When I say “high quality”, […]Read more »