Our Greatest Challenge: Breeding a Productive Chicken!


| 9/19/2013 10:04:00 AM


Tags: sustainable poultry, breeding chickens, Jim Adkins, North Carolina,

New Hampshire chickenSeveral years ago when we started the Sustainable Poultry Network I never realized what we were up against! All I wanted was to see the breeds of poultry that I loved so much to not disappear! And I realized that for my favorite breeds to not disappear we had to put them back to work! Putting them back to work means they must be productive again; producing meat & eggs and being economically sustainable.

For 50 plus years the historical, heirloom breeds of poultry have been nothing more than "eye candy" birds! Something for people to look at in county fairs, at poultry shows and in their backyards. Just in these recent years I have realized that this is a far greater challenge that is going to take a while to overcome. Take the Delaware chicken as one example; this breed along with the New Hampshire were the top two meat birds in our country until the industrialized, Cornish Cross came along! In its peak of production, the Delaware was ready to process at the growth rate of 12-14 weeks! Since its decline over the last 50 years, we have seen this bird hardly ready to be processed in less than twenty weeks. Let me assure you that is not good for timely economics! We have a great challenge on our hands. With just about every breed of standard bred, heritage poultry, we have work to do. They are not producing like they once were.

Why is this? The primary issue at hand is breeding! Every breed of poultry that our breeders are working with within SPN,  needs improvement when it comes to rate of growth and egg production. 

This is why the majority of my time in these recent months has been spent doing research, reading books and writing new coaching material for our breeders. Lots of new content that you will see as I teach at our coaching clinics and eventually it will be available on our website! If these birds are going to be economically sustainable, we must address these issues both in the classroom and in the breeding pens.

Our new research and coaching material will include first and foremost, what does it really take to be a superior breeder of these birds? Let me assure you, not just anyone can do this. It takes a special person!

In our newly developed material you will learn about the history and qualities of each breed. We'll introduce you to the basics of breeding and why breeds were bred with certain shapes and types! You will learn about colors and color patterns. Where they came from and how they were developed.

shepherdrockfarm
9/23/2013 1:27:29 PM

I’m a huge supporter of the small farm and homesteading movement in America and across the globe. I just submitted my Kickstarter and you can follow its progress from my website, I’d really appreciate any help and support I can get! I’m working on preserving and expanding Heritage breeds of animals!! I also, make artisan soap and that is one of my excellent rewards! (shepherdrockfarm.weebly.com)


shepherdrockfarm
9/23/2013 1:27:21 PM

I’m a huge supporter of the small farm and homesteading movement in America and across the globe. I just submitted my Kickstarter and you can follow its progress from my website, I’d really appreciate any help and support I can get! I’m working on preserving and expanding Heritage breeds of animals!! I also, make artisan soap and that is one of my excellent rewards! (shepherdrockfarm.weebly.com)


shepherdrockfarm
9/23/2013 1:26:55 PM

I’m a huge supporter of the small farm and homesteading movement in America and across the globe. I just submitted my Kickstarter and you can follow its progress from my website, I’d really appreciate any help and support I can get! I’m working on preserving and expanding Heritage breeds of animals!! I also, make artisan soap and that is one of my excellent rewards! (shepherdrockfarm.weebly.com)


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9/20/2013 3:30:17 PM

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