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Heritage Chickens, Lax

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Welsummer Rooster

Best known as the Kellogg’s Cereal Rooster, the Welsummer originated in Welsum, Holland.

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Cuckoo Marans Rooster

Marans originate in France; the cuckoo or barred variety is but one of nine.

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White Cochin Bantam Pair

Cochins originate in China and are considered excellent setters.

In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in backyard poultry. Driven largely by the organic and whole foods movements, “free-range” poultry and eggs are in greater demand than ever. Since most individuals don’t have the vast acreage required for true free-range habitats, the next best thing is “limited range” or fenced habitat. This is far superior to chickens kept in factory-like “coops”. These photographs were made in Lax, Georgia, at the home of my friend Jerry Youghn. While Jerry’s brood is a bit larger than most, it’s well-maintained. He enjoys experimenting with many different varieties, and raises pheasants, peafowl, ducks and other poultry from time to time.

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Simple roost constructed with logs and recycled materials

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Red Ranger & Rhode Island Red Hens on Natural Roosting Pole

Rhode Island Reds are large chickens raised primarily for meat. They are the state bird of, you guessed it, Rhode Island. Non-industrial strains are now recovering after years of decline.

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Young Dark Brahma Roosters Eating Watermelon Rinds

Brahmas are often called the “King of All Chickens” for the large size. They are on the watch list of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, but appear to be increasing in number in recent years. Brahmas originate in India and are a close relative to the progenitor of all chickens, the Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus), which are the wild chickens so well-known in Fitzgerald. Ranger Reds are a more recent variety, hybridized from Rhode Island Reds and kept for their meat and egg-laying qualities.

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Natural Nest of  Welsummers(Brown) & Red Rangers (Cream)

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Silver Pheasant, Standard Dark Cornish & Red Ranger Chicks in Pen

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White & Partridge Japanese Silkies

Silkies are a variety kept mostly for show and curiosity. They are actually believed to have originated in China and were first documented in the 13th century.

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Silver Pheasant (Lophura nycthemera)

This variety is native to Southeast Asia.

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