Here at Lake Meadows our main flocks of egg layers are a heritage breed of Rhode Island Reds. Due to their abilities to thrive in varying climates and efficiently produce eggs the hardy Rhode Island Reds make an excellent choice for many farms. Typically rusty red colored, these chickens lay beautiful brown eggs and have a very calm disposition. Due to these characteristics the Rhode Island Red’s popularity is making a comeback along with small farms.
In order for a breed to be recognized as a heritage breed it must qualify several standards. First the chickens must be from a parent and grandparent stock of breeds that are recognized by the American Poultry Association before the mid-20th century. These genetic lines can be traced back multiple generations. Furthermore, the chickens must mate naturally, and the offspring must have the genetic ability to live long, productive lives in outdoor settings. Lastly the chickens have slower growth rates allowing them to fully develop strong skeletal structure and healthy organs before they begin building their muscle mass. Using heritage breeds is important to us at Lake Meadows. We believe in doing things the old fashioned way and you can taste the difference.
We also raise the following breeds: Rhode Island Reds, Barred Plymouth Rocks, California Whites, White rocks, Cornish Hens, and Poussin