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Pullets Available

Pullets for Sale! We have a Jump Start barn, the first one in Canada! This barn rears future layers to be good foragers, trained to roost at night, active, healthy and the correct weight to enhance their egg•••

Rooster Stock

This is the perfect time of year for soup and all the slow cooked dishes that are based on chicken stock. If you are experienced making stock with a stewing hen, be prepared to take things up a notch by using a•••

Commerical Breeding

When I first started my Light Sussex project (to pull them back from the brink of extinction as a livestock breed in Canada) I was deeply discouraged by the lack of vigour in the flocks I found, and I began to•••

Production breeding and why you should know more about it

This morning someone posted pictures of her Marans cockerels on Facebook and asked for help choosing the one she should keep as a breeder for next year. This kind of thing drives me crazy. If a dairy farmer•••

Are you a breeder?

Anyone with chickens can wake up one fine morning and discover that the missing hen has returned with 10 tiny chicks in tow. But does that make them a breeder? Apparently a lot of people think so, because•••

The story of Light Sussex

Sussex chickens are an English breed that arose naturally in the south of England in a climate very similar to the Pacific Northwest. The Sussex adapted so well to the needs of the people in Sussex that they•••

Show Results (yes really)

Although I’m not a big fan of poultry exhibitions – most heritage flocks are just too small and inbred to withstand ‘show breeding’ – I love a beautiful bird as much as anyone else. And even more if it is one•••

Raising better Dual-purpose chickens

Did you know that any dual-purpose flock can be made more productive with one simple change in rearing? I didn’t until very recently. I’ve been keeping Light Sussex and other dual-purpose chooks for 40+ years•••

Production Breeding

I have been too busy to blog in this first year of running the hatchery, but I always have time to talk to people who phone us with chicken questions. One of the most common is, “What is production breeding?”•••

Breeding blogs

Are you a breeder?

Anyone with chickens can wake up one fine morning and discover that the missing hen has returned with 10 tiny chicks in tow. But does that make them a breeder? Apparently a lot of people think so, because... •••

Production Breeding

This morning someone posted pictures of her Marans cockerels on Facebook and asked for help choosing the one she should keep as a breeder for next year. This kind of thing drives me crazy. If a dairy farmer... •••

Production Breeding

When I first started my Light Sussex project (to pull them back from the brink of extinction as a livestock breed in Canada) I was deeply discouraged by the lack of vigour in the flocks I found, and I began to ...•••