Bob Blosl's Heritage Large Fowl Thread

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  1. Robert Blosl

    Robert Blosl Rest in Peace -2013

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    I just got an email from a person who needs Barred Rock Large Fowl females who has large fowl Cockerels. She also wants the old fashion Rhode Island Red Large Fowl and wants me to help her find a good true to breed line. It made me think how many people out there have or breed old fashion Heritage Large Fowl Chickens?

    When I was a little boy growing up in South West Washington State my dad use to take us on drives every Sunday in the country. As we drove by these old farms there were signs outside these farmers fences that would show Registered Polled Herefords, Black Angus, Brown Swiss, Jersey, Holstein and Shorthorn Cattle to just name a few. When I would go to the sale barns I never saw these kinds of cattle just the normal mix match type of cattle or half Guernsey half Herford type caves.

    What do you think is a Heritage Style of Poultry like the above cattle breeds I mentioned?

    Do any of you have any of these rare breeds?

    How many Heat age Large Fowl do you think are left in the Country during the winter months in the breeding Pens? 100 -200- 300 birds per old rare breed?

    What has happen to the folks like Grand Ma who use to have a flock of nice Heritage Chickens in the 1950s?

    Do you think many want to preserve these old rare breeds?

    These are just a few ideas I had today as I was feeding my chickens and after I got this email from one of the members of this board. Look forward to your replies and pictures of old birds. One breed that has made major strides in the past ten years is the Buckeye folks. It proves what they have done in the past five years can be done with any old rare breed.
     
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  2. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Hey, this is a great idea .... A thread dedicated to the Heritage breeds. I hope to see lots of pictures, and get educated along the way.
     
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Hello Bob,
    Good to see you here again.
    Quote:I feel the same as Matt Lhamon on this term and it is getting to be a new marketing term to get people to raise some of the old breeds. Here is the ALBC "Definition of a Heritage Chicken" -
    Definition:
    Heritage Chicken must adhere to all the following:
    1. APA Standard Breed. Heritage Chicken must be from parent and grandparent stock of breeds recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA) prior to the mid-20th century; whose genetic line can be traced back multiple generations; and with traits that meet the APA Standard of Perfection guidelines for the breed. Heritage Chicken must be produced and sired by an APA Standard breed. Heritage eggs must be laid by an APA Standard breed.
    2. Naturally mating. Heritage Chicken must be reproduced and genetically maintained through natural mating. Chickens marketed as Heritage must be the result of naturally mating pairs of both grandparent and parent stock.
    3. Long, productive outdoor lifespan. Heritage Chicken must have the genetic ability to live a long, vigorous life and thrive in the rigors of pasture-based, outdoor production systems. Breeding hens should be productive for 5-7 years and roosters for 3-5 years.
    4. Slow growth rate. Heritage Chicken must have a moderate to slow rate of growth, reaching appropriate market weight for the breed in no less than 16 weeks. This gives the chicken time to develop strong skeletal structure and healthy organs prior to building muscle mass.
    Chickens marketed as Heritage must include the variety and breed name on the label.
    Terms like “heirloom,” “antique,” “old-fashioned,” and “old timey” imply Heritage and are understood to be synonymous with the definition provided here.
    Abbreviated Definition: A Heritage Egg can only be produced by an American Poultry Association Standard breed. A Heritage Chicken is hatched from a heritage egg sired by an American Poultry Association Standard breed established prior to the mid-20th century, is slow growing, naturally mated with a long productive outdoor life.
    The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has over 30 years of experience, knowledge, and understanding of endangered breeds, genetic conservation, and breeder networks.
    Endorsed by the following individuals:
    Frank Reese, Reese Turkeys, Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch, Standard Bred Poultry Institute, and American Poultry Association;
    Marjorie Bender, Research & Technical Program Director, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
    D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD., Technical Advisor, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and Professor, Veterinary Pathology and Genetics, Virginia Tech;
    Don Bixby, DVM. Independent Consultant, former Executive Director for the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy;
    R. Scott Beyer, PhD, Associate Professor, Poultry Nutrition Management, Kansas State University,
    Danny Williamson, Windmill Farm, Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch, and American Poultry Association;
    Anne Fanatico, PhD, Research Associate, Center for Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas;
    Kenneth E. Anderson, Professor, Poultry Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University.

    Do any of you have any of these rare breeds?

    Rhode Island Reds and Dominiques

    Chris​
     
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  4. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:Rhode Island Reds and Dominigues

    Chris

    Well, Chris, we need to see pictures! What fun would this thread be without pictures? [​IMG]
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:Rhode Island Reds and Dominigues

    Chris

    Well, Chris, we need to see pictures! What fun would this thread be without pictures? [​IMG]

    Ill get some of the single combs on here soon...

    The rose combs will have to weight till they back from the show...

    Chris
     
  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:I don't know the answers to these questions but I am one who is interested, and I know there are several others here on BYC that are interested as well.

    Please, enlighten us all, won't you? [​IMG] I think more people are interested, but they can not FIND the old rare lines of the heritage breeds.
     
  7. snowbird

    snowbird Overrun With Chickens

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    Great thread, I have Black Java and Mottled Java, will take some picture as I have my light box completed.
     
  8. joletabey

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    I agree with Kathy, I am finding it very difficult to find Delaware breeders with old lines.
     
  9. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Quote:I feel the same as Matt Lhamon on this term and it is getting to be a new marketing term to get people to raise some of the old breeds. Here is the ALBC "Definition of a Heritage Chicken" -
    Definition:
    Heritage Chicken must adhere to all the following:
    1. APA Standard Breed. Heritage Chicken must be from parent and grandparent stock of breeds recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA) prior to the mid-20th century; whose genetic line can be traced back multiple generations; and with traits that meet the APA Standard of Perfection guidelines for the breed. Heritage Chicken must be produced and sired by an APA Standard breed. Heritage eggs must be laid by an APA Standard breed.
    2. Naturally mating. Heritage Chicken must be reproduced and genetically maintained through natural mating. Chickens marketed as Heritage must be the result of naturally mating pairs of both grandparent and parent stock.
    3. Long, productive outdoor lifespan. Heritage Chicken must have the genetic ability to live a long, vigorous life and thrive in the rigors of pasture-based, outdoor production systems. Breeding hens should be productive for 5-7 years and roosters for 3-5 years.
    4. Slow growth rate. Heritage Chicken must have a moderate to slow rate of growth, reaching appropriate market weight for the breed in no less than 16 weeks. This gives the chicken time to develop strong skeletal structure and healthy organs prior to building muscle mass.
    Chickens marketed as Heritage must include the variety and breed name on the label.
    Terms like “heirloom,” “antique,” “old-fashioned,” and “old timey” imply Heritage and are understood to be synonymous with the definition provided here.
    Abbreviated Definition: A Heritage Egg can only be produced by an American Poultry Association Standard breed. A Heritage Chicken is hatched from a heritage egg sired by an American Poultry Association Standard breed established prior to the mid-20th century, is slow growing, naturally mated with a long productive outdoor life.
    The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has over 30 years of experience, knowledge, and understanding of endangered breeds, genetic conservation, and breeder networks.
    Endorsed by the following individuals:
    Frank Reese, Reese Turkeys, Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch, Standard Bred Poultry Institute, and American Poultry Association;
    Marjorie Bender, Research & Technical Program Director, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
    D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD., Technical Advisor, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and Professor, Veterinary Pathology and Genetics, Virginia Tech;
    Don Bixby, DVM. Independent Consultant, former Executive Director for the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy;
    R. Scott Beyer, PhD, Associate Professor, Poultry Nutrition Management, Kansas State University,
    Danny Williamson, Windmill Farm, Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch, and American Poultry Association;
    Anne Fanatico, PhD, Research Associate, Center for Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas;
    Kenneth E. Anderson, Professor, Poultry Extension Specialist, North Carolina State University.

    Chris

    Now, for a thread or site on that very criteria. . . [​IMG]

    Seriously, forget hatchery bred stuff - Where's the real, heritage, APA fit breeds?
     
  10. josh44

    josh44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you think of him overall, besides his comb leaning over ???
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    I'd like some opinions, I'm not too familure with barred rocks.

    thanks BYC [​IMG]
     
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