The Big List of Heritage Chicken Breeds

Get to know these 23 heritage breeds of chicken – one or more could add diversity and fun to your flock!

| March/April 1976

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    Everyone needs a big list of heritage chicken breeds.  Now you can more easily decide which is best for your homestead.
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Click on the "Image Gallery to see a chart with images of all the chickens listed below.

ANCONA. Active, energetic, hardy birds best known as excellent winter layers, Anconas produce fair-sized white eggs. Their dark, inconspicuous coloring has made them popular in areas where predators are a problem.

ARAUCANA. The only chicken to lay colored (shades of blue, green, or red) eggs. Some Araucanas have tufts, others sport bearas or crests, or lack a tail. Plumage varies in combinations of black, silver, brown white, and gold.

BLUE ANDALUSIAN. Delicately blue-laced feathers and a stately air make this layer of large white eggs something of an aristocrat. Offspring may be "blue", black, white, or blackwhite.



BLACK MINORCA. A longtime favorite (and known to be a very resourceful outdoor forager), the beautiful Black Minorca is a hardy, relatively heavy non-setter. Eggs are large and chalkywhite.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. One of the newer varieties of "dual-purpose" breeds ... with a reputation for fast weight gains, rapid feathering, and early egg production second only to its fame as a tasty broiler.

wfrushby
9/5/2017 10:51:51 AM

I enjoyed the discussion of backyard poultry breeds!







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