The program uses the principles of “free-range learning,” educating consumers about the life of chickens, egg production, and where their food comes from. The program gives community members an easy way to become connected with the world of agriculture, and highlights the importance of biodiversity and genetic preservation of our food resources...

 

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Traditionally heritage chickens were bred to produce eggs and meat. Because they grow much slower, they are not nearly as efficient with feed, but one nice side-effect is that they taste really good! Older birds have time to accumulate more flavour compounds in their tissues than birds harvested at younger ages...

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Our chick program began in 2014. With the help of Peavey Mart in Leduc and Spruce Grove we ran a chick sale pilot project. We placed 100 chicks in both stores, and Peavey Mart donated 30 pairs of boots to the Poultry Research Centre...

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