Author Archives: Erin Angulo

Slow PoultryWorkshop

Join us in Grass Valley, on Dawnridge Farm, and learn more about Slow Poultry and Heritage Breeds.

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NPIP Testing – What does it mean why we do it.

One of the requirements of being a part of the Sustainable Poultry Network is to be certified by the NPIP. What does that mean?! NPIP stands for the National Poultry Improvement Plan. This is a federal program that tests for several common diseases including Avian Bird flu and Pullorum. All of the breeding flock has blood tested and once the flock/farm has been given the clean bill of health, a NPIP # is given. This allows customers of eggs and chicks to know that our birds will not pass on diseases. We are happy to say we have been approved and received our NPIP # this week!

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SPN Poultry Clinic

We attended a great poultry clinic last week in Modesto, CA. About 40 other like minded people were there – some breeders, some growers and some just getting started and deciding what type of heritage breed they would like to have. Classes included poultry safety taught by Dr Mark Bland, marketing, feed for all stages of growth, national and state requirements and lots of networking! We met people for all over the US! What a great experience! Makes us even more proud of what we do – raising Heritage Delaware poultry and improving the breed!

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Dividing the pullets and cockerels

On September 1, 2014 we went through all of our pullets and chose our very best. We have a total of 7 that will be our main breeding hens. These are the closest to the Heritage Delaware breed. We also have a #2 pen with birds that are close, but not quite as good as the first pen. The rest of the girls are in pen #3 and from them we get our eggs for eating and selling. We are very proud of the quality of birds we are starting with!

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How did we get started?!

Well, here we are almost one year from the time we attended the Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa and met Jim Adkins, founder of Sustainable Poultry Network. I had seen the advertisements on Facebook and in the Baker Seed Catalog and thought it would be fun and interesting to attend…..

We spent 3 days wondering around the fairgrounds and one afternoon attended a “Backyard Poultry” talk by Jim. We missed some of the info and came back the next afternoon to hear more. And as they say, the rest is history!

After talking to Jim for an hour or so, we headed home and started researching breeds of poultry. I wanted to focus on endangered or threatened breeds (who knew what even existed for chickens?!). I narrowed it down to two: Delaware and Buckeye. Both are American breeds that are on the threatened list of the Livestock Conservancy. We talked to Jim about which one he recommended and Delaware it was!

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