Heritage breed poultry refers to chickens and turkeys raised for generations on farms and in backyards. Grandmother’s hens. Standardized prior to 1950, these breeds have characteristics that are unique and hardy. Adaptable to their local environment, heritage breeds are long-lived, slow growing, and can reproduce without artificial means.

At Hedgerow Farm, we currently keep and would recommend the following Heritage Breeds: Plymouth Rocks, Barred Rocks, Dominiques and Wyandottes. We have Narrangansett and Spanish Black Turkeys. Our chickens and turkeys live together and free range on pasture and in the garden.

Resources for Heritage Breed Poultry

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
Sandhill Preservation Center
Yellow House Farm