Old. Heritage, Heirloom Breeds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Herbwifemama, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Herbwifemama

    Herbwifemama Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 18, 2010
    I did some brief research on this the other night... I"m fond of old things, and I maintain an all heirloom/open pollinated garden, and when I add livestock, I want to do the same thing. I want the old hens- I want to keep my hens for eggs mainly, but plan to add them to the stew pot when their egg laying prime is over. I was thinking Plymouth Rocks and RIRs. Are there any REALLY old, rare breeds out there?
  2. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    The REALLY old breeds aren't "American class" birds.

    Dominiques, Javas, and Rocks were recognized in 1874.

    Wyandottes were recognized in 1883.

    RIR were accepted in 1904.

    I'm not sure when the individual breeds were created or refined.
  3. Herbwifemama

    Herbwifemama Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 18, 2010
    What's "American Class?" And if they aren't that, then what are they?
  4. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    Quote:The APA puts all birds into classes, based on where they were created/developed to my limited knowledge. The classes are Asiatic, American, Mediterranean, English, Continental, and All other as far as I know.
  5. Pyncheon guy

    Pyncheon guy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2010
    NW Michigan
    Pyncheons are an old, rare, american heritage breed....they are Bantam and not large fowl.
  6. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    I take back my earlier post at the mention of Bantams. I think the APA only classes Standard sized, or Large fowl birds. I think.
  7. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm APA ETL#195

    Jan 25, 2010
    Monticello, Arkansas
    Breed clasification is listed at http://www.amerpoultryassn.com/breed_classifications.htm

    are the large fowl and bantam classes.

    Large Breed Classifications

    American Class: Plymouth Rocks, Dominique's, Wyandotte's, Javas, Rhode Island Reds, Rhode Island Whites, Buckeyes, Chanteclers, Jersey Giants, Lamonas, New Hampshire's, Hollands and Delawares.
    Asiatic Class: Cochins, Langshans, Brahmas

    English Class: Dorkings, Redcaps, Cornish, Orpingtons, Sussex, Australorps

    Mediterranean Class: Leghorns, Minorcas, Spanish, Andalusians, Ancona, Sicilian Buttercups, Catalanas

    Continental Class: Hamburgs, Campines, Lakenvelders, Polish, Houdans, Crevecoeurs, La Fleche, Faverolles, Welsummers and Barnevelders

    All Other Standard Breeds: Modern Game, Old English Games, Sumatras, Malays, Cubalayas, Phoenix, Yokohamas, Aseels, Shamos, Sultans, Frizzles, Naked Necks, Araucanas, Ameraucanas

    Bantams Classifications

    Modern Game Class: Modern Game

    Game Class: American Game and Old English Game

    Single Comb Clean Legged: Anconas, Andalusians, Australorps, Campines, Catalanas, Delawares, Dorkings, Dutch, Frizzles, Hollands, Japanese, Javas, Jersey Giants, Lakenvelders, Lamonas, Leghorns, Minorcas, Naked Necks, New Hampshires, Orpingtons, Phoenix, Plymouth Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Spanish , Sussex,

    Rosecomb Clean Legged:Anconas, Antwerp Belgians {D'anvers} Dominiques, Dorkings, Hamburgs, Leghorns, Minorcas, Redcaps, Rhode Island Reds, Rhode Island Whites, Rosecombs, Sebrights, Wyandottes

    All Other Clean Legged: Ameraucana, Araucana, Buckeye, Chanteclers, Cornish, Crevecoeurs, Cubalayas, Houdans, La Fleche, Malays, Polish, Shamos, Sicilian Buttercups, Sumatras, Yokohamas

    Feather Legged: Booted, Brahmas, Cochins, d'Uccle Faverolles, Frizzles, Langshans, Silkies, Sultans​
  8. X2Farm

    X2Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Homer, GA
  9. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

    May 30, 2008
    Washington State

    Delawares...............................................[​IMG] [​IMG]
    Del's are also critically endangered. Good dual purpose birds. VERY FRIENDLY too, VERY FRIENDLY! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2010
  10. Herbwifemama

    Herbwifemama Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 18, 2010
    Thank you SnowHunter! Pinkchick, I"ll check out Delawares, they sound sweet. [​IMG]

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