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Repopulating the Endangered Heritage Java Chicken

Java chickens are about as close to the original domesticated chicken as you can get. However, the pressures of industrial agriculture have pushed the breed close to extinction.

Java chicken - Heritage Breed - Conservation Priority List status: Threatened: Fewer than 1,000 breeding birds in the United States, with seven or fewer primary breeding flocks, and estimated global population less than 5,000.

Speckled Sussex

Speckled Sussex. "...great layers of tinted or light brown eggs - lay right through the coldest weather...fat-bodied and not prone to flying when mature, so...easily fenced. In England, they used to be THE standard table bird, before the modern Cornish Crosses came along...forage well and are economical eaters...friendly and easily handled...curious nature...camouflage from predators...tend to get more speckles after each molt, so get prettier with age."

Rhode Island Red. An American breed developed in the middle of the 19th century in pursuit of creating the truly dual purpose chicken. Many, many years of selective breeding for egg production and size finally resulted in the rhode island red.A fantastic all rounder – great dual purpose heavy breed that makes a great table bird as well as a reliable layer of brown eggs. The ideal beginners bird: robust, friendly and calm birds and make productive backyard chickens

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy begins its second year in a project to recover America’s second-oldest chicken breed.

Keeping Chickens on the Homestead

Black Star. We have found the sex link brown egg layer that meets our strict specifications: the BLACK STAR. Black Star hens are wonderful layers of large brown eggs. Black Stars are easy to raise and have a good feed conversion ratio. Weigh a little over 5 lbs at maturity. The females are black with gold hackle and breast feathers. Brown egg laying machines. The males are black with white barring. (They will not retain the same characteristics in future generations.)