The below heritage breeds of chickens have been selected for their foraging ability, winter hardiness, egg production, temperment, meat quality, and beauty.
Silver Laced Wyandotte
Golden Laced Wyandotte
Blue-Laced Red Wyandotte
Barred Plymouth Rock
New Hampshire Red
We also have Silver Ameracaunas and Easter Eggers (a mix of the South American Araucana and a North American breed) for their colorful eggs. There are more heritage breeds we could try to find which work best in our pasture operation. In 2012, we hatched our own mixed heritage breed chicks. These farm mutts are hardy, predator-aware, and gorgeous –especially the blue-gene ones!
We are finally raising a heritage breed of turkey, the Narragansett. This is a very old breed dating back to the 1600′s. They are beautiful and flavorful. Poults arrive in the spring of 2013, please reserve your turkey order early. The finishes turkeys will weigh 15-20 lbs.
Pilgrim Geese may be arriving at the farm in 2013.
(Not considered a heritage breed, but native to our area.) Northern Bobwhite Quail were once abundant on Long Island, and at one time we had a subspecies called the Long Island Bobwhite Quail that was hunted to extinction. Turtleback Farm will be raising quail in 2013 (with a permit from the DEC) for reintroduction purposes, tick control, and eggs. These are not the mottled eggs of Japanese Quail you find at a grocery store; the bobwhite’s eggs are white.
If you are interested in keeping your own backyard flock, we’d be glad to answer any questions you have on getting started. Here is some helpful information on heritage breeds on the ALBC website: index.html. Favorite internet links and books on raising chickens are coming soon.
Funny YouTube Video: Disco Chicken (Thanks Regina!)