Here is a list of the chicken breeds that are on the ALBC’s priority list. The breeds on this list are the closest to extinction, so we should all consider what we can do to perpetuate the wonderful diversity found in our favorite fowl.
Critical: (this means that the breeding population of these birds is fewer than 500 birds in the US, five or fewer breeding flocks of 50 or more birds, or an estimated global population of fewer than 1,000 birds)
Campine, Chantecler, Crevecoeur, Holland, Modern Game, Nankin, Redcap, Russian Orloff, Spanish, Sultan, Sumatra, Yokohama.
Threatened: (this means that there are fewer than 1,000 breeding birds in the US, that there are seven or fewer breeding flocks of 50 or more birds, or that there are fewer than 5,000 birds globally.)
Andalusian, Buckeye, Buttercup, Cubalaya, Delaware, Dorking, Faverolles, Java, Lakenvelder, Langshan, Malay, Phoenix.
Watch: (this means that there are fewer than 5,000 breeding birds in the US, 10 of fewer breeding flocks of 50 birds or more, or a global population of fewer than 10,000 birds.)
Ancona, Aseel, Brahma, Catalana, Cochin, Cornish, Dominique, Hampbug, Houdan, Jersey Giant, LaFleche, Minorca, New Hampshire, Old English Game, Polish, Rhode Island White, Sebright Bantam, Shamo
Recovering: (this includes breeds that were formerly on one of the above three lists, but their numbers are increasing, so the ALBC continues to monitor them closely.)
Australorp, Leghorn (non-industrial), Orpington, Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Red (non-industrial), Sussex, Wyandotte
At WhyNot Farm, we raise or have raised the following breeds that are on this list and are actively seeking more to help out with the bio-diversity problem.
Holland, Delaware, Dorking, Faverolle, Brahma, Cochin, Dominique, Hamburg, Houdan, Polish, Orpington, Plymouth Rock, Sussex and Wyandotte.