The Dominique is a classic American creation from colonial days that early chicken keepers crafted from just about every breed available to them. What exactly went into the mix is open for debate. Sussex, Dorking, and other favorite British breeds doubtlessly played a role. The Hamburg may also have had a major influence. The DominiqueContinue reading “Dominique”
The premise is that you cannot teach a dog to herd, simply because it already knows how. Instead, your role is that of pack leader.
Those who pursue a different path often meet with skepticism in our society. This is perhaps nowhere quite as true as in the area of agriculture.
Due to its bulldoggish appearance, some fear that the Cornish was originally bred for the cruel sport of fighting. Thankfully, this is not the case. Although descended from fierce birds such as the Asil, the Malay, and the Old English Game Fowl, the Cornish was specifically produced for the tables of Cornwall during its earliestContinue reading “Cornish”
Those who are considering draft animals generally find themselves comparing oxen, horses, and mules. Donkeys do not receive nearly as much attention in the draft world, but that is not to say they can’t pull their own weight around the farm! The donkey breed best suited to farm work is the American Mammoth Jackstock. LargerContinue reading “Which Draft Animal is Right for You?: Donkeys”
Mules are superb in low-input farm situations. The question is whether or not you are one of those special people who can get along with a mule.
The horse has always been and still remains a great favorite with some who work with draft animals. It is widely in use among the Amish, and it has enjoyed the attentions of homesteaders and small farmers of all stripes in recent years. While heavy horses are the ones commonly thought of as draft horses,Continue reading “Which Draft Animal is Right for You?: Horses”
For truly heavy farm work, such as clearing land, the patient, hard-working ox is difficult to beat due to his impressive strength and great stamina.
The Cochin may require dedicated care, but it can earn its keep as a broody hen without equal.
The dignity and size of the feather-footed Brahma have made it a new favorite in America.