Rare Chicken Breeds

Perhaps Raising Rare Chicken Breeds is Something You Feel Your Family Would Have an Interest in and Would Enjoy?

Endangered Chicken Breeds

Some rare chicken breeds are endangered!

Some have less than five hundred breeding birds in the United States with an estimated world-wide population of less than one thousand.

Others have less than one thousand breeding birds in America with no more than five thousand throughout the rest of the world.

While not as severely endangered, some rare chicken breeds have less than five thousand in the United States and less than ten thousand world-wide.

Any chicken breeds that have a limited geographic distribution or that have genetic or numerical concerns are also considered to be rare chicken breeds.

Lemon Pyle Brahma, Beautiful!

Save a Rare Breed

Recently there has been a growing interest in endangered types of rare chickens.

This is great news for endangered breeds.

In fact, some families are specializing in raising, breeding and selling rare chickens.

This helps to preserve these rare and heritage breeds from potential extinction.

These breeds have a lot going for them.

They are often more hardy than our current production breeds.

They also show more conventional chicken behaviors like frequent roosting.

They tend to be good foragers, and good egg setters (hens go broody easily).

Including a few chickens from an endangered or rare breed in your own flock might be something to think about.

Unique and Rare Chicken Breeds

Lemon Pyle Brahma (rooster pictured above) – A large breed with magnificent markings and colors. Legs completely covered in feathers. Hens will lay around 180 eggs per year.

Booted or Sabelpoot – One of the more ancient bantams, developed in the Netherlands.

Norwegian Jaerhon – Developed around 1920 in Norway and first imported to North America in 1998.

La Fleche – Dates back to France during or before the seventeenth century.  It is unclear if it is older and a parent of the Crevecoeur, or if it worked the other way around.

White Sultan – Originated in Southeastern Europe, primarily ornamental, favored by the rulers of Turkey, came to England by way of Istanbul in 1854.

Lamona – Extremely rare if not already extinct The Lamona is a yellow-skinned chicken with red ear lobes that lays white eggs.

Appenzeller – Spitzhauben (Pointed Hood) and Barthuhner (Bearded) developed in Switzerland centuries ago.  The name is thought to derive from the lace bonnets of the Appenzeller region.

Penedesenca – Known as the dark egg layer that wears a crown.

Yokohama – Elegant, long tail, called Yokohama from the port of origin. It is believed to have been developed in Germany sometime during the nineteenth century from the Japanese long tailed breed called the Minohiki.

Derbyshire Redcap – Think huge rose comb, developed in Derbyshire.

Russian Orloff – A wild looking bird. It is believed to have been developed in Russia sometime during the eighteenth century from Persian stock. Once called Chlianskaia, its current name is probably derived from Count Orloff-Techesmensky, a Russian breeder.

Modern English Game – The little game bird with style and carriage, developed in England in the nineteenth century for exhibition.

Java – A good, old breed, like a fine cup of coffee, developed in the United States after being introduced from Java in 1835 or earlier.

Catalana – The most popular breed of South America developed in Spain in the late nineteenth century as a meat and egg chicken.

Malay – A cruel-looking, elongated giant, an ancient breed related to birds indigenous to southern Asia from the Indian sub-continent to Indonesia.

Aseel or Asil – Ancient Indian athlete, developed in India more than 2,000 years ago, perhaps even 3,500 years ago.  Thought to be the breed from which the Cornish were primarily developed.

Dominique – The oldest American chicken, developed in New England sometime during colonization of North America.  This breed remained the most popular American Breed until the development of the Barred Plymouth Rock in the mid nineteenth century.

Black Sumatra – A primitive breed primarily an ornamental breed kept for their attractive plumage.  Males have multiple spurs.

Salmon Faverolle – A French chicken breed developed in the 1860s in north-central France.

Buckeye – This breeds name was derived from Ohio’s nickname of ‘Buckeye State’, developed in Ohio and first shown in 1902.

Red Jungle – This is considered to be the chicken from which all varieties and strains of domesticated chickens originated.

This is truly a collection of some of the rarest, most beautiful and exotic chickens alive. Many of these are endangered breeds. We hope that with our help, they all survive for many generations to come.

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