I have looked more in depth the meaning behind "Heritage Poultry". Our little flock is wearing big shoes and in time I hope will fill them out nicely. There are set standard that a chick must meet in order to have the privilege to take on the title heritage. One of these is that is must be from parent and grandparent stock of breeds recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA) prior to the mid-20th century the genetic line can be traced back generations. Another is that they must be a result naturally mating. They also must have the genetic ability to live a long life and should be able to thrive in pasture-based, outdoor habitat. Lastly the chick needs to have a slow growth rate allowing it to grow to its full potential.
As our chicks are warm and cozy inside we are working on our new layout for them to have a wonderful set up for coop and pasture. Our past flock was a free roaming flock which had it's good and bad points. We are looking in to a more pasture based set up this time with the ability to allow them to roam in other areas as well at giving times. When our past flock was able to roam freely there was no doubt that they looked and laid better then other flocks we knew of.
Our new flock no questions asked was hatched by people that wanted their folk to be the best that it can be. We are realizing everyday how lucky that we were to have stumbled onto Whit- more Farms. Now it up to us to keep up the good work and not only raise wonderful birds but to learn and enjoy every second of it along the way. Our farm is something that we do as a family and that is really the reason we do it. It is time well spent.
That's all for now....off to check the chicks!