From Embryo to Chick: Videos From the Livestock Conservancy and N.C. Cooperative Extension

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Low angle of free-range chickens on grass

Are you getting started with backyard or pastured poultry? Are you interested in heritage chicken breeds?

You’re in luck – The Livestock Conservancy and N.C. Cooperative Extension recently finished a video series designed to help you get your backyard heritage flock off on the right foot.

This summer, N.C. Cooperative Extension partnered with The Livestock Conservancy to create the From Embryo to Chick: A Cooperative Virtual Learning Experience video series.

Videos feature Victoria Brewer, Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, and Jeannette Beranger, Senior Program Manager for The Livestock Conservancy.

The series has 13 episodes, covering basic hygiene and getting chicks off to a great start.

1. Importance of Good Hand Washing (8:39)

2. Day 1 – Warming Up the Eggs (13:59)

3. Building an Eggs-Ray Viewer (10:53)

4. Playing Peekaboo (11:48)

5. Eggsploring the Egg (7:45)

6. Pick a Chick (15:37)

7. Building a Home “Tweet” Home (2:51)

8. A Visit to Jeannette’s Chicken Farm (5:38)

9. Eggsploring Careers (7:03)

10. Caring and Handling (7:03)

11. Counting the Chicks (6:59)

12. Chick Check-In with Jeannette (17:28)

13. Chick Check-In with Victoria (2:48)

The series is appropriate for adults and youth getting started with small poultry flocks.

What is The Livestock Conservancy?

The Livestock Conservancy is a nonprofit organized started in 1977 to “protect endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction.”

“The Livestock Conservancy works with farmers and ranchers, chefs, historians, consumers, and others across the nation to protect genetic diversity in agriculture. Just like there are heirloom seeds that need saving, the Conservancy works to protect Heritage breeds – for the security of our agricultural system.”

More about The Livestock Conservancy.

To learn more about The Livestock Conservancy, contact them online.

What’s a Heritage Breed?

“The Livestock Conservancy developed the term “Heritage breed” to help breeders of historic and endangered breeds of livestock market their animals.”

For more information about how they developed the term and to see the official Heritage breed definitions, visit their Heritage Breeds page.

If you have questions about pastured poultry, visit our Pastured Poultry Webinar Series page, or contact an area specialized agent for poultry or your county livestock agent.