Welcome to the Breed Savers blog. Unfortunately due to illness, the original intentions for this were unable to be kept. I apologize sincerely to those who were hoping to follow and participate. I am, as of today (March 28, 2011), going to restart this blog with the intent of focusing on Poultry Breeds, some common, some on the verge of extinction. It is my goal that a community of persons concerned with the saving of Heritage Breeds be created in order that resources and information be shared. I hope that links may be established in order that these breeds may be promoted. Although the primary focus will be on breeds currently raised in North America, a look at various poultry breeds from around the world will be included.
What exactly is a Heritage Breed? The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy defines Heritage Chicken Breed in the following manner:
and a Heritage Turkey Breed in the following way:
An interesting side note is that with Heritage Turkeys, the A.L.B.C. does not require the Turkey Variety to be one of those few recognized by the American Poultry Association so long as the variety adheres to the above three points.
Organizations which may be referred to in this blog include:
American Poultry Association (A.P.A.) - http://www.amerpoultryassn.com/
American Bantam Association (A.B.A.) - http://www.bantamclub.com/site/
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (A.L.B.C.) - (http://www.albc-usa.org)
Rare Breeds Canada (R.B.C.) - http://www.rarebreedscanada.ca/
Two other excellent resources are:
FeatherSite - http://www.feathersite.com
Kippen Encyclopedia - http://www.kippenencyclopedie.nl