Rural poultry breeders
Rural poultry and biodiversity
The rural poultry reared for meat are issued from coloured rustic breeds, different from those used for broilers. They come from pedigree selection of old local breeds, with criteria which are:
adaptation to outdoor rearing,
quality of the meat.
Rural free range laying hens are also issues of race that are characterized by their ability to live outside and by their hardiness.
These strains are available from European breeders that are associated members of ERPA.