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We still have some turkeys left if you would like a delicious addition to your holiday mean or party! $6.40 lb. We have 10 - 19 lb birds. ... See MoreSee Less

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Twenty years ago, the Conservancy published the results of a three-year study led by member and poultry science professor at the University of Maine, Bob Hawes, to determine the status of turkey varieties in America and to identify those that needed to be conserved. During that first turkey census, a mere 1,335 breeding birds were found and the entire Heritage turkey population was rapidly heading toward extinction. To address this issue, the Conservancy initiated a campaign to bring Heritage turkeys back from the brink. In 1999, we published "Birds of a Feather," documenting results from that first census and the following year, several varieties of Heritage turkeys were successfully accepted to Slow Food's Ark of Taste. Efforts to promote turkeys were adopted by many Conservancy members and partnering organizations. The Conservancy conducted another census in 2002, finding 4,412 breeding birds, an increase of over 330% in just five years. In 2005, the Conservancy's first Heritage definition was released and you guessed it - it was for turkeys. In 2006, another census indicated more growth finding 10,404 breeding birds. In 2010, we published "Selecting Your Best Turkeys for Breeding" to help increase the quality of birds being raised and "How to Raise Heritage Turkeys on Pasture," a manual for those wanting to raise Heritage Turkeys. 2013 was an exciting year for promotion, with the Conservancy landing an interview about Heritage turkeys on NPR's Here and Now. Press coverage has become a perennial event for Heritage turkeys, especially around Thanksgiving. In 2014, the Conservancy conducted a genetic rescue of some of the last remaining Beltsville Small White turkeys, still listed in Critical, but becoming more secure with each generation as new breeders expand the population. In 2016, results from the North American Poultry Census showed terrific progress, with 14,502 birds in the breeding population, more than a 1,000% increase since the first census. Just yesterday, The Guardian featured a terrific article about the Conservancy's work with Heritage turkeys (goo.gl/aYSr89). As we all gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, let us reflect on the progress Heritage turkeys have made and share their story with our families and friends. If you're lucky enough to enjoy a heritage turkey this year, be sure to remember that by adding it to your menu, you're helping grow the demand, and the population for Heritage turkeys, ensuring the threat of extinction remains just a distant memory. Thanks for helping us spread the word about Heritage turkeys! If you're inclined to support our work, you are invited to take advantage of a special Matching Gift opportunity at livestockconservancy.org/index.php/involved/internal/donate

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Slow PoultryWorkshop

Join us in Grass Valley, on Dawnridge Farm, and learn more about Slow Poultry and Heritage Breeds.
http://sustainablepoultrynetwork.com/slow-poultry-workshop/

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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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Our favorite breed

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This is one of our Delaware cockerels – about 16 weeks old. They are beautiful birds with bright red combs and wattles, black barring on the hackles and tail.

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