Reduced Protein for Heritage Chickens

Farmer: Heather Newman

Farm: D&H Newman

Region: West

Publish Date: February 6, 2018

Article Type: Research Protocol

Research Priorities: Livestock Feed 

Heather raises Chantecler chickens, a dual purpose bird that is also Canada’s only heritage breed of chickens. Until now, she’s raised them on the standard commercial rations, but she suspects they have different feed requirements compared to commercial hybrids. Heather is curious to see if the Chantecler can grow well on a reduced protein feed during the grow-out period. This, in turn, would reduce her feed costs. Even more, it would demonstrate that raising Chanteclers can be an economic enterprise for meat and layers, which better maintains genetic diversity over breeding the birds just for show.