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We don’t have to remind you of the benefits of raising your own poultry. But picking a breed with the characteristics you want can be tough, especially because of the differences within breeds.
The Society for Preservation of Poultry Antiquities (SPPA) compiles an annual list of heritage poultry breeders. Selecting breeding stock from reputable breeders will help strengthen the quality characteristics of various breeds.
The SPPA had this to say about the importance of heritage breeds:
More detailed information on traditional breeds and breeding methods is available in Christine Heinrichs’ book, How to Raise Chickens. Heinrichs is SPPA Historian.
For more sources of chicks and hatching eggs, check out our free Directory of Hatcheries and Poultry Breeders.