Freerange chicken farming is one of the hottest backyard activities today and in fact, the number of people who are growing heritage chicken breeds is rapidly increasing. Since people are staying in their homes, it is normal to think of other ways to make money and backyard chicken farming is a perfect fit.
If you love chickens and wanted to raise to make a profit, here are the best heritage chicken breeds to grow.
1. Rhode Island Red
Rhode Island Red (RIR) is the most popular chicken breed to grow in your backyard as of this moment. There is a very low supply of RIR chicks that cause its price to balloon. The dark mahogany line which is the most popular, the cost of day-old chick ranges from P150 to P230 and you can find if you don’t reserve. Meanwhile, the production red chicks cost between P100 and P150.
2. Barred Plymouth Rock
Second is the barred Plymouth Rock (BPR). This breed is very popular due to its color and is easy to raise. They are friendly too and can fetch a better price. Like RIR, BPR chicks cost between P150 and P180 with the best line costs over P250. You can find more information about this breed (and other breeds on this list) at Freerangeph.com.
3. Black Australorp
This big breed of chicken is very popular with backyard growers. Not only that they are big, but their all-black color is also easy to the eye. BAs are from Australia and mean Black Australian Orpington. Day-old chicks cost between P150 and P230 with a very low supply.
4. Buff Orpington
The color of this chicken is what makes this breed so adorable. They are big and expensive and few breeders are keeping them. Buff Orpington day-old chicks cost P180 to as high as P250.
5. Light Sussex
Another breed worthy of mentioning here is the Light Sussex. There are two types of Light Sussex – the original breed and the Dominant CZ breed. The original breed is very rare with chicks costing between P180 and P250, while the Dominant CZ line is lower at around P100 to P130.
Here comes one of the most expensive and one of the biggest (second only to Jersey Giant) chicken breeds. Brahmas are rare and you can’t buy this unless you reserve with some breeders. Prepare at least P800 for a day-old chick. The trio of Brahma breeders that are ready to lay would cost P10,000 to P13,000.
7. Jersey Giant
The biggest chicken breed, Jersey Giants are really good-looking chickens. Black is the most popular color. JG chicks would cost around P350 to P500.
8. Kabir and SASSO
These are not really chicken breeds but names of companies producing these specific types of chickens. Both Kabir and SASSO are raised for meat and one of the leading breeds for free-range meat production. The cost of chicks would be around P80 depending on which part of the country you are in.
9. Dekalb Brown
Dekalb Brown is the number one breed for organic and free-range egg production. They are not considered heritage as they are genetically developed for a specific purpose – egg production. Chicks cot around P90.
10. Dominant CZ
Dominant CZ is the name of the company producing a specific line of breeds. There are many types of Dominant chickens and they are raised for both eggs and meat production. Chick cost between P80 and P100.
Although many said that the taste of our native breeds is different, the above chicken breeds are preferred if you grow for business because they grow faster and bigger.