Farmstead Chicken Breeds

Learn all you need to know about meat and laying chicken breeds for the farmstead, including Marans, Old English Game fowl, Buff Orpingtons and Wyandottes.

Silver Spangled Hamburg rooster and hen

Choose a breed that is suited to your land, needs and management style. Have a look at what breeds your neighbors are raising, but don’t feel confined to what works for others. Here a Silver-Spangled Hamburg rooster and hen stand on straw.

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Are you interested in learning about what chicken breeds might do well on your property? With more and more folks getting interested in local, sustainably-raised, delicious food, raising chickens is becoming a popular pastime for many. Two renowned chicken raising experts, Harvey Ussery and Robert Plamondon, discuss the pros and cons of different chicken breeds, like Rhode Island Reds, Wyandottes, Old English Game Fowl, Marans, Dominiques, and Buff Orpingtons, some of which are heritage breeds, raised by small farmers for centuries.

Robert also has some advice for making your backyard poultry pay (for their own food, at least).

Read the full article: Choosing the Best Chicken Breeds for Your Flock