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Rare Chicken Breeds at Greenfire Farms

Greenfire Farms is a poultry breeding facility located in Havana, Florida. They specialize in rare chicken breeds and color varieties from around the world.  I was interested in visiting the hatchery since they work with two breeds that the Livestock Conservancy has on its Conservation Priority List - the Sussex and the Wyandotte. During a recent trip to Florida, I had the opportunity to visit the facility and meet with the farm manager, Jenny Taylor, for a tour of this unique facility. Here are just a few of the amazing birds I encountered and was able to photograph during the visit.

Yamato Gunkei – Despite the fierce face, this is a very sweet rare Japanese breed that can be easily tamed.

Yamato Gunkei

Ayam Cemani – An Indonesian breed with black skin, eyes, feathers, muscle, and even bones!

Barbezieux – A very tall rare French meat chicken. This is one of the tallest European breeds.

Barbezieux

Bielefelder – An autosexing German breed that constantly lays very large brown eggs.

Bielefelder 

Creme Legbar – An autosexing breed that lays numerous pastel colored eggs.

Creme Legbar 

Marsh Daisy – A rare British breed known for its useful free-range capabilities and its large rose comb.

Marsh Daisy

Olandsk Dwarf – A small, mild mannered and very rare landrace breed from Sweden.

Orlandsk Dwarf 

Swedish Black – A rare cold-hardy breed from Sweden. They are colored much like the Ayam Cemani but this breed is much more rare. They are different from the Ayam Cemani in that they have a more reddish tint to their combs & face.

Swedish Black 

White Bresse – A breed with French origins that is very popular with Label Rouge programs.

White Bresse 

White Pavlovskaya – An ancient cold hardy breed from Russia.

White Pavlovskaya 

For more information about endangered chicken breeds visit the Livestock Conservancy and for more on Greenfire Farms visit the Greenfire Farms website.

janalice
7/1/2015 1:33:10 AM

needing 1 crevecour rooster w/ 2 or 3 hen. Looked for 3 years now..please help :) janalice