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.

Buckeye Chickens
The Livestock Conservancy worked on improvement breeding of the almost-lost Buckeye chicken. One of their regal cocks is shown here.
Photo by Jeannette Beranger