Heritage Chicken Breeding: Why Not to Rely on Chicken Hatcheries

At commercial chicken hatcheries, generations of poultry have been bred with different goals from those of the modern homesteader. Learn about heritage chicken breeding methods to achieve a hardy and productive flock.

Icelandic Chickens
The author’s multicolored flock of Icelandic chickens, also known as “Icies,” have been bred to meet his specific conditions and management techniques.
Photo by Harvey Ussery