Located in Central Alberta, Canada

EMAIL: hawthorn@xplornet.com

PHONE: 403-788-2546


About Us

Above: looking over a Buff Orpington pullet with poultry speciaists Jim Adkins of the Sustainable Poultry Network and Callum, Director for Canadian Heritage Breeds.


Chickens have always had a place in my life. While growing up on a grain and beef cattle farm, there were always a few laying hens and colorful bantam roosters adorning the farmyard.


Later on, married and raising a family on our own farm, I always felt it was important to keep a few chickens or ducks in the pens. It wasn't until 2004 that I started to realize that most of our traditional chicken breeds had become seriously threatened. There had been a steady and drastic decline -- both in numbers and in the very qualities that had made them unique and valued farm livestock. I began reading all I could about breeding and conservation, and during the next few years I started sourcing and buying the best breeding stock still available.

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It's been an exciting journey, and along the way I've been very fortunate to meet and learn from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced poultrymen of today.


I am always pleased to hear of other hobbyists who share my interest in the heritage breeds.  I would encourage enthusiastic beginners to first read about poultrykeeping in general and then choose one breed that will be a good fit for your farm, acreage or backyard coop.


Thank you for your interest in Heritage Chickens, and for coming to visit me online.


~Kathy Stevenson~