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Re: Chickens
« Reply #135 on: August 25, 2019, 02:29:39 PM »
And don't you think a little knowledge from first-hand experience is sometimes more useful than a lot of 2nd-hand learning (i.e. reading blogs like this - ha ha!)?

Though I must admit that I've learned so much from other people's books, articles and films.  Permaculture especially, with all of its decentralized variety of species and cultivars still available on-line, might never have come into being to the extent that it has without the Web (am thinking about that tediously long list of suppliers that I posted a while back...  :)

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #136 on: August 26, 2019, 07:11:39 PM »
Absolutely.  Access to the internet has changed about everything!  We can all remember, pre-internet, how long hard we labored searching for, then maybe finding, the information we were looking for, and it was often incomplete.  But now....well, the online crowd knows how easily we can find information, and how easily we can scrutinize it to determine if it's what we need, if it's accurate, etc. 

Just from PXTH, I've learned so much!

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Re: Icelandic Chickens
« Reply #137 on: January 02, 2020, 03:14:00 AM »
When it's time for more birds, am thinking of Icelandic chickens, mainly because they are said to be good foragers, and can find food for themselves better than many of the heftier chickens.  Plus they are always such a colorful mix.
This vid goes into the history and traits of the Icelandic chicken landrace.

Possibly the oldest chicken today. Do not need to be fed (if they can forrage). 78% unique DNA.
They are genetically extremely diverse which means that of all the chickens in the world you might choose from, if you had to pick a handful for survival (and subsequent breeding) purposes, this is the chicken to go with.

The Icelandic chicken is really a product of our information age. Even in Iceland this chicken [so to be clear, we shouldn't call it a "breed", for it is a landrace, like the Ouessant sheep are unique among sheep] nearly died out because of hybrids and even 'heritage' birds introduced there. However, there are nowadays plenty of farmers and breeders that respect that the integrity of this bird's DNA must be carefully protected. The above-linked vid suggests 4000 birds in Iceland and 1000 in America.
It looks like every self-respecting 'prepper' needs to have (and keep properly!) some Icelandic chickens.
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Re: Chickens
« Reply #138 on: January 02, 2020, 04:13:41 AM »
This is very intriguing, and I'll ask our Amish poultry breeder about whether they are available here!

https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/icelandic

https://www.facebook.com/groups/icelandicchickens (official preservation group)

https://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Icelandic+Chickens.html

https://mackhillfarm.com/icelandic-chicken-page/ (breeding source in Missouri)

Love the speckled ones!





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Re: Icelandic Chickens
« Reply #139 on: January 02, 2020, 09:19:31 AM »
When it's time for more birds, am thinking of Icelandic chickens, mainly because they are said to be good foragers, and can find food for themselves better than many of the heftier chickens.  Plus they are always such a colorful mix.
This vid goes into the history and traits of the Icelandic chicken landrace.

Possibly the oldest chicken today. Do not need to be fed (if they can forrage). 78% unique DNA.
They are genetically extremely diverse which means that of all the chickens in the world you might choose from, if you had to pick a handful for survival (and subsequent breeding) purposes, this is the chicken to go with.

The Icelandic chicken is really a product of our information age. Even in Iceland this chicken [so to be clear, we shouldn't call it a "breed", for it is a landrace, like the Ouessant sheep are unique among sheep] nearly died out because of hybrids and even 'heritage' birds introduced there. However, there are nowadays plenty of farmers and breeders that respect that the integrity of this bird's DNA must be carefully protected. The above-linked vid suggests 4000 birds in Iceland and 1000 in America.
It looks like every self-respecting 'prepper' needs to have (and keep properly!) some Icelandic chickens.
Totally fascinating about the Icelandic chicken's genetics.  It sounds as if their genes, at least 78% of them, are not even like that of the supposedly ancient jungle fowl of Southeast Asia.  Maybe "chickens" arose in at least two different parts of the world.

Seeing your videos, and those posted by RR makes me want them even more.  Every last one of our guineas was killed by predators in 2019, and it was mainly what everyone warned about:  they want to roost in trees and will begin to do so as soon as their wings will allow it.  It only took a couple of days for them to finally bite the dust.  This might be a good year to search for some pure Icelandic stock.

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Re: Chickens
« Reply #140 on: January 02, 2020, 02:27:09 PM »
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Every last one of our guineas was killed by predators in 2019, and it was mainly what everyone warned about:  they want to roost in trees and will begin to do so as soon as their wings will allow it.  It only took a couple of days for them to finally bite the dust.  This might be a good year to search for some pure Icelandic stock.

The very best wishes to you in your endeavors to start over with a different breed, and many kudos for not giving up!


 

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