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Heritage breeds

Even with the amazing number of chicken breeds today, nearly three dozen chicken breeds are in danger of extinction. Heritage chicken breeds, also called heirloom chicken breeds, are breeds in danger.

These breeds tend to be larger birds that are slower to mature, yet they’re productive longer in life. They originate from purebred genetic lines that existed prior to 1940. Heritage chickens are good foragers and do well in free-range and pasturing environments. With the industrialization of chickens in the mid-20th century, many of these heirloom breeds were deemed less desirable.

Buckeye

Chantecler

Cubalaya

Delaware

Dominique

Holland

Java

Jersey Giant

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