What's the rarest breed in U.S??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chef, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Chef

    Chef Chicken Connoisseur

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    I was just curious if anyone could tell me what the absolute rarest breed of chicken in America is and who breeds it?

    Thanks,
    Chef
     
  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ...the one I am planning on developing...[​IMG]
     
  3. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    The ALBC is a good list. Then there are breeds out there which we have never even heard. Not all breesd are recognized or standardizes, which means there are probably thousands out there we've not seen or heard the names of.
     
  5. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Off the top of my head (based on my experience on rare chickens boards, talking to breeders, etc), I'd guess Chanteclers or Barred Hollands. I mean the real thing, not necessarily something the hatcheries are selling. So, Hollands that really lay white eggs (as the breed is known for), for instance, are nearly impossible to find.
     
  6. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Is it a Java? [​IMG]
     
  7. playswithfowl

    playswithfowl One Earth!

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    According to ALBC it would be the Barred Holland, but I'm sure there is a breed not well known that is rarer. Also, if there are any unknown breeders of White Hollands they would be rarer than the Barred.
     
  8. Black Feather

    Black Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think there are clear enough records kept of poultry numbers to be able to define the 'rarest' breed.

    There are lots and lots of breeds that could benefit from additional breeders though. As the others stated, just take a peek at the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy to get an idea of just some of the breeds that could use attention.

    Sometimes even if a breed itself is not rare, an approved color variation within a breed will be rare. I find White Rosecombs very hard to find, and I don't think many people breed Hamburgs in the other colors other than Silver Spangled.

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  9. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Case in point I recently found out that there are Ga Cua in the US. (Ga Cua are a Vietnemese game breed [​IMG] I'm not allowed to link to the picture since it's on another poultry forum and that's against the rules but take my word they are absolutely stunning birds) I would be willing to bet that there aren't many in the US and those that are here are almost all closely held probably by the original importers or their descendants [​IMG]
     
  10. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Know how long it took me to find a breeder with standard Barred Plymouth Rocks? Good LORD.

    I'm not talking the production rocks...but the Barred Rocks that are built and bred for conforming to the Standard of Perfection.
     

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