Heritage Roosters


3.65/lb - Whole bird 2.5-3.5 lbs each - 16-20 week old heritage breed cockerels.

Prepare them just as you would a stewing hen. These are best when slow-cooked in a crockpot. Excellent flavor.

Polyface Heritage Roosters close the circle for a unique pastured egg experience. Everyone knows eggs come from females--known as pullets before laying and laying hens after beginning to lay (about 5 months).

Frustrated with the quality of hatchery chicks (small, fragile, stupid) several years ago Polyface embarked on a bold plan: saving healthy, productive older layers, mating them with select roosters, and hatching in-house pullets. The goal: create a robust,pasture-based, intelligent, drug-free laying hen.

It's working. But that leaves a lot of brothers who aren't needed in the laying hen flock. In the industry, these excess males are simply thrown away--literally. It drives animal welfare activists into apoplectic frenzy. But boys don't lay eggs. What to do?

Enter the Polyface Heritage Rooster. This is the 12-16 week old brother of a beautiful pasture-based laying hen. To keep from throwing these boys away, we're raising them up as an alternative to the double-breasted, fast-growing typical Cornish Cross 8-week-old broiler. Eating just four roosters per year closes the circle on the equivalent females to supply a household a dozen eggs per week.

Closing this circle is a wonderful way to actually participate in the mathematical choreography of holistic life. And one more thing: these roosters are more robust, eat more grass, have a better nutritional profile, and taste better than the plumper, faster-growing Cornish Cross. These older birds have more dark meat, thinner breast, and can't be cooked fast, but when people discover the taste and nutritional quality, it's love at first bite. So add a rooster to your roster and join the circle. Thank you.

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  • Model: Stewing Hens
  • 226 Units in Stock

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 01 August, 2016.

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