Located in Central Alberta, Canada

EMAIL: hawthorn@xplornet.com

Our poultry-keeping Practices
All about our chosen Breeds of Poultry
Welcome to my website!


Hawthorn Hill is a family farm located in central Alberta, Canada and is home to a variety of animals and four breeds of Standard-bred Heritage chickens.

True Heritage chickens are a cherished piece of North American farming history. Up until about 1950, these were the fowl that fed families while bringing color and delight to the farmyard.

But the old breeds represent far more than a sentimental reminder of simpler times. They are still the ideal choice for the modern homesteader whose primary goal is home-grown meat and fresh, nutritious eggs. The other priceless benefit is self-sufficiency, meaning the freedom to raise our own replacement chickens of consistent quality.




Orpington pullet

Many of the old, traditional breeds, including Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds and Chanteclers are composite breeds. These were developed by poultrymen of the 19th and early 20th centuries to meet demands for economical, market quality fowl.

Cochins are now considered mainly ornamental, but they are one of the irreplaceable foundation breeds of poultry. The foundation breeds are of ancient descent and details of their origin have been lost to history. Their ambiguous beginnings make them especially treasured resources, for if they should become extinct they can never be recovered.


quality vs quantity


Quality, not quantity. I raise chickens on our farm as a hobby with a goal of continual improvement in the breeds I’ve chosen to work with. I do not operate a commercial business or hatchery, so I don't actually sell hatching eggs or baby chicks. Extra chickens are most often available in the late summer or fall. Check here for more information: "Poultry For Sale."

Recent Shows

Please click the News/Events button above to see some of our winners in recent shows.



Upcoming Events


Check out the Canadian Heritage Breeds website for upcoming poultry show dates and other interesting events: CHB


2016 Annual Fall Show

Understanding Poultry Genetics Seminar




I am pleased to support the following clubs by maintaining a current membership:


  • Canadian Heritage Breeds (Director)
  • American Poultry Association
  • Prairie Ornamental Avicultural Ass'n
  • Cochins International (Director for Canada)
  • Chantecler Fanciers International  

CFICochins International