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As part of our breed series, Jeannette Beranger clues us into which chicken breeds are North American. Photos courtesy of the Livestock Conservancy. Chickens come in all kinds of sizes, shapes, and general appearances, making them one of our most diverse domestic species. To help make some sense out of organizing them, the American Poultry […]Read more »
Christine Heinrichs outlines some of the many different poultry organizations available nationwide to help young folks learn more about poultry care and feeding. Kids are attracted to chickens from the first time they hear the story of the Little Red Hen. Poultry organizations can help them build those attractions into solid life paths. Additionally, poultry […]Read more »
Part of our Breed Profiles series, the Buckeye is a dual-purpose bird with gorgeous dark-red plumage. History For those of you who know that Ohio is call the Buckeye State after the tree, you won’t be surprised to learn that the Buckeye chicken breed was originally developed by Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio, in 1896. […]Read more »
Jeannette Beranger shares some of the rare and beautiful breeds of the continental class of chickens. (All photos courtesy of the Livestock Conservancy.) Chickens come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. To help make sense of it all, the American Poultry Association (APA) splits chicken breeds into a number of categories, including […]Read more »
In this episode, we are joined by Backyard Green Films. Our conversation circles around Heritage breeds, why we love them, need to save them, and why we eat them. Our Podcast Guests Include: Hank Will is a business leader, academic, and agricultural practitioner devoted to conservation and small scale, sustainable agriculture. He’s currently the editorial director […]Read more »
In this episode of the Community Chickens podcasts, we discuss the considerations you need to take when keeping chickens during the colder months. Our Podcast Guest: Jeannette Beranger is the Senior Program Manager for The Livestock Conservancy. She uses her knowledge to plan and implement conservation programs, conduct field research, and advise farmers in their endeavors with […]Read more »
In this episode of Community Chickens Podcasts, our guests discuss the darlings of the barnyard, ducks: what to feed them, how to house them, their behavior and what they bring to the table. Thank you Brinsea for Sponsoring this episode! Our Podcast Guests Include: Kellsey Trimble former managing editor of Grit Magazine enjoys immersing herself in the homestead […]Read more »
Marissa Buchanan writes about the importance of genetic diversity for worldwide food security and how she practices breed conservation with her own flocks. Conservation and Genetic Diversity “Conservation” and “poultry” are two words that aren’t always put together by backyard poultry owners. More often, we use words like “rare” or “heritage” to describe breeds that […]Read more »
Part of our Breed Profile series This profile by Jennifer Sartell The Crevecoeur and the Polish are similar looking crested breeds. Both are very old breeds from France. The Crevecoeur is the oldest known French breed coming out of Normandy and the Polish or Poland has been depicted in paintings dated back to the […]Read more »
If I’ve learned anything in chicken keeping over the years, it’s been that it can be difficult to find a specific breed/breeder that you’re looking for. Each spring becomes this treasure hunt of internet searches, e-mails to breeders and poultry club administrators to find a breed I’ve been dreaming about for years. While chicken keeping […]Read more »