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Britannic Rare Breeds aim to promote all traditional native farmed livestock, in particular rare breeds and where possible make them easily obtainable.

Native breeds form a valuable part of our cultural heritage and their continued existence and genetic diversity is important to provide opportunities and options for both commercial and domestic circumstances in the future.
Rare breeds are rare because smallholders are rare, in truth we should all do our bit to grow our own and it is in this domestic, low intensity and small scale environment that so many traditional breeds flourish where a dependant commercial strain would not.

A great array of traditional breeds still exist and it is among this great diversity that you are likely to find a breed or variety ideally suited to your own environment, requirements and circumstances.

Featured Breed - Welbar chicken

The Welbar could easily become one of the most popular of the auto sexing breeds, largely due to the reasonable quantities of dark brown eggs that the breed produces. The breed was created between 1940 and 1946 by a Mr H.R.S Humphreys of Eastwrey, Lustleigh, Devon. Gold and Silver varieties were developed at the same time. The same principles were used as implemented in the creation of the Legbar. Further lines can be created by crossing a Welbar cockerel with Welsummer hens and selecting the lightest coloured chicks. The bantam version was originally created by Mr John Buck of Bristol.

Read more about the Welbar here

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