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Heritage Chickens

I've been doing some digging into local chickens, and I believe I've stumbled across the chickens that ai731 was telling me about and is planning to have on her homestead.

The Chantecler Chicken looks to be a heritage breed that was originally bred by a monk at the Oka monastery specifically to be dual-purpose (both meat and eggs) and to be cold-hardy.

What's interesting to note on this information page (for me, anyway) is that the consensus appears to be that the future of the breed is in hobby farms and family farms. Right now they appear to be relatively difficult to come by, but I bet that with enough interest, these could be the next best thing in Ontario and Québec.

Anyone else come across good, sturdy breeds that would do well in a Canadian winter?

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