Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Rare Breed

If you've ever thought about raising chickens, 
have you ever considered raising a rare breed?
Beyond the immediate reward of keeping a certain lineage alive, there are other benefits of raising chickens teetering on the edge of extinction. Success in chicken rearing can be especially gratifying when raising a breed suited to your region or climate. Tag that with the fear factor of limited biodiversity, should a disease or virus of some sort wipe out an entire breed of chicken and there were limited breeds in the world, it wouldn't be difficult to bid adieu to the chicken, or any other animal for that matter.
With these considerations in mind and the good fortune to discover a chicken mentor the next concession over, the first birds to be raised at the Rural Revival Roost, will be, you guessed it, the Chantecler. The breed originated in Quebec at the turn of the last century, bred to withstand cold Canadian winters with their small wattles and combs and the ability to stay 'cooped up' while maintaining an easy going temperament.
For now, let me introduce you to Elijah, the morning prophet of the Rural Roost.

But we just call him,
Eli.


~Be well friends~


and then, she {snapped}

13 comments:

Maggie said...

Hi Eli,
What a fine figure of a rooster he is too!

Jocelyn said...

Good for you! I keep rare breeds here, but not enough to propagate the line. I just really like keeping the breeds that are at risk of being lost.

Eli's a good looking boy. Good luck with him!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Eli is beautiful. Can you say that about a male? I will keep the chicken raising to you!
Have a great fall weekend!

Lynne said...

So much to learn . . . thank you Eli!

Karen said...

I just read about this chicken and how they are looking for people to help bring it back...

Eli is a handsome fella.

Nezzy said...

Howdy Doo Mr Eligh!!! My FIL used to raise a heap of 'rare' chickens. I was raised with chickens but we have none here on the Ponderosa.

It's a Hubs 'thang'!!! :o)

God bless ya sweetie and have a beautiful day!!! :o)

I took a long summer break and lost ya somewhere...soooo glad I saw ya out and about this mornin'!

Farmchick said...

Thanks for stopping by this morning. :) Love Eli...handsome game!

SoCo mom said...

I enjoyed both your photos and your post. Good luck with your chickens!

Kim said...

Nothing like a crow to welcome the new day.

Rose said...

Eli is a great name...best of luck with them.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Eli has found a great home! Great that you put so much thought into your homestead. I'll have to ask my nephew in Sudbury which breeds he raises.

Farmchick said...

Good luck with your chickens! I love rare breeds and do miss mine!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Congratulations on your chicken additions. I know that the Male Twin is especially pleased with this latest development :) Chantecler sounds like a wonderful breed-choice. Eli is one handsome roo boy - bet he knows this too ;) -Tammy