Partridge Chantecler– dual purpose- The only breed of chicken developed in Canada, the Chantecler dates to the 1920s in Quebec. Due to its origins in the far north, the breed is noted for being very hardy, is an excellent layer of brown eggs, with a reputation as a good winter layer, and has a well-fleshed breast. The breed is noted for being calm, gentle, and personable.
Australorp- dual purpose- An Australian developed breed, the Australorp chicken became distinct from the Orpington chicken by a combination of divergent breeder goals – meat production for Orpingtons, egg production for Australorps – and the competition to win egg-laying contests. They lay an abundance of large, tinted eggs, often averaging 26-27 ounces per dozen, and hold a string of world records in egg production. They are also highly social and docile.
Barred Rock- dual purpose- One of the quintessential American farm breeds, the Barred Rock originated in 19th century New England. Since then, it has been known for its hardiness, docility, broodiness, and excellent production of both eggs and meat. Being cold hardy, the hens are able to lay through winter, and the males grow out quickly. They lay a brown egg.
Spanish Catalana– dual purpose- Developed in the district of Catalonia, Spain, the Catalana dates to the late 19th century. A hardy breed, the Catalana chicken has the style, alertness, activity, and foraging ability typical of Mediterranean chickens. They lay large white eggs in plenty, seldom become broody, and produce quality meat. The breed is noted for excellent heat tolerance.
Sulmtaler- dual purpose- Developed in the 19th century, this breed is named after the Sulm valley in the region of southern Styria (Steiermark) in southwestern Austria. Layers of cream colored eggs and producers of good carcasses, the Sulmtaler is a very hardy breed. Sulmtalers are great foragers, they find their own feed and prefer the range over the coop.
American Buff Goose – dual purpose – Developed in North America. Largest of the medium weight class of geese weighing about 16lbs. Calm and docile, they are good parents to their goslings. Makes a medium-large roasting bird.
Narraganset Turkey- The Narragansett turkey is named for Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, where the variety was developed. It descends from wild turkeys and the domestic turkeys (probably Norfolk Blacks) brought to America by English and European colonists beginning in the 1600’s. Narragansett turkeys have traditionally been known for their calm disposition, good maternal abilities, early maturation, egg production, and excellent meat quality.