Join us for an egg-citing day to learn more about the preservation of heritage poultry breeds and the option to purchase these rare birds to take home and add to your flock! It’s ideal for anyone interested in raising chickens, from small-scale chicken farmers to novices wanting a pet bird.
Learn from P. Allen Smith about his heritage breed poultry and the importance of preserving these rare breeds. P. Allen Smith and Dr. Keith Bramwell will be on-site answering all of your poultry questions and sharing their long-standing love for chickens.
At Moss Mountain Farm, we are dedicated to the preservation and support of all threatened breeds and strains of domestic poultry through the encouragement of education, stewardship, and good breeding practices.
These breeds were once very common, but as factory farms and hybrid genetics become more prevalent, these breeds have begun to vanish quickly. Together, with Allen and the Heritage Poultry Conservancy, we are working to bring back happy, healthy birds and we want to share them with you.
These breeds represent an irreplaceable piece of earth’s biodiversity and offer an incredible variety that may be needed for future farms – robust health, mothering instincts, foraging, and the ability to thrive in a changing climate.
(Please bring your own crate to transport your poultry on the day of the event.)
Dr. Bramwell is a big supporter of the Heritage Poultry Conservancy. While at the University of Arkansas, he worked with a group of students we call the ‘bird brains,’ who are interested in the old stock. They help with our seminars/workshops, and in selecting breeders. While maintaining more than 15 heritage breeds, Keith actively works with young poultry enthusiasts regarding the many career opportunities in the poultry industry.
Dr. Bramwell studied at the University of Georgia, where he received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Poultry Science. As part of his graduate program, he developed the ‘sperm penetration assay’, which is still in use today, as both a research tool and as a practical troubleshooting instrument for the poultry industry. He also spent a year studying in the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Lab at Colorado State University. Dr. Bramwell has spent the last 17 years teaching poultry and reproduction at the University of Arkansas, one of the leading schools of avian research, and a combined 10 years at the University of Georgia.