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.

Baby Chicks and Hen
The author’s Icelandic birds retain the ability to successfully scavenge for scrumptious morsels.
Photo by Harvey Ussery