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Hens like these Brown Leghorns provide eggs for weeks, and then are butchered for their meat.   photos: supplied

Heritage chicken program at the U of A continues to grow

Program brings heritage genetics into small flocks and supports university’s breeding efforts

The eggs came first, but the chickens are really coming on strong for the University of Alberta’s heritage breed program. The Poultry Research Centre’s ‘Adopt a Hen’ program has been running for many years and is an unqualified hit. Starting with 175 supporters, there are now 504 participants in the Edmonton area, and a waiting […] Read more

Rhode Island Red chicks hatched at U of A’s Poultry Research Centre.

Heritage chicks available now

University of Alberta’s hugely popular heritage chicken distribution program is now on — but hurry before they’re all gone. “This year, we’re offering Plymouth barred rock, brown leghorn, random bred broiler 1978, light Sussex and Rhode Island Red chicks,” said Jesse Hunter, program co-ordinator. “We hatch a certain number of each breed every year, so […] Read more