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Sugar Feather Farm

Our Story

About Sugar Feather Farm

We planted our family roots in the Green Mountain State, Vermont back in 2018. Our original home was California and still have visions of the beach and palm trees! We traded the hustle and bustle for peace, fresh air and tranquility. We came to be, due to our deep desire to reconnect with nature and help others; to listen, learn and live with intention. Intention to be a part of the land and animals through preservation, sustainability and ethical treatment. Tending and nurturing these beautiful birds is a humbling experience.

We have always had a heart to help with 5 children it just comes naturally. We have a few children with special needs and through this experience understand compassion and caring for others no matter what may happen. We have always had a soft spot for animals and were struck with helping preserve and sustain breeds in need. Always volunteering for our kids school and many organizations, donating our time and educating folks is something we are very passionate about.

Our farming journey has only just begun. We are passionate about our farm and look forward to sharing this excitement with you!

our philosophy

Why Heritage Breeds?

About Sugar Feather Farm

Embracing Heritage Breeds

In the face of our rapidly advancing industrial world, heritage breeds are a vital counterpoint to consider. When we think of mass production animals they are industrial hybrids with low disease resistance, not able to naturally reproduce, and rapid production which is not feasible in the long run. We can see this in our world today as the environmental changes, disease and genetic bottlenecks in the industrial lines threaten our food systems. When we think of heritage it reminds us of the past when farms were smaller more diverse and life was slower. These breeds from the past were molded and tailored to fit the specific local environment, type of farming and purpose, carefully selected over hundreds of animal generations and perfected. Heritage breeds have such rich history, it is fascinating to delve into this and find out about the breed, the why and how it became what it is.

Why Heritage?

Historic breeds retain essential attributes for survival and self-sufficiency like fertility, foraging ability, maternal instincts, mate naturally and resistance to disease and parasites. Their eggs taste better, they lay longer (in years compared) and their meat tastes better. Many of these breeds are dual purpose  – when the males are wonderful table birds reaching a more natural maturity at 16 weeks This gives the males time to develop strong skeletal structure and organs leading to a more flavorful bird and nutrient profile. By sourcing a heritage breed you are sustaining a breed that would otherwise be a memory and that is so important in todays world. We hope you will join us in working to save these breeds.

Understanding Landrace Breeds

A landrace breed, shaped by natural processes and adaptation to its environment, stands in contrast to formally engineered breeds. Unlike breeds meticulously crafted to conform to specific standards, landraces evolve organically over extended periods with minimal human intervention. At our farm, we cherish several landrace birds, observing their natural inclinations and exploring the historical contexts in which they originated. By honoring their native attributes and breeding to these inherent tendencies, we revel in the joy and challenge of maintaining their unique “wild” qualities.

Our farm has several landrace birds. We love to work with these breeds and see their natural curiosities come out and evolve. We delve into the past in their native country and explore their use and history. They were created for a reason. We like to breed to those tendencies while keeping their “wild” landrace attributes. It is fun and challenging at the same time.

Why We Shy Away From Hatcheries

Typically those heritage or rare breeds for sale don’t measure up to the Standards of Breed Perfection of the APA, (American Poultry Association) – or the heritage and/or landrace traits and quality. Where or how they are produced is not small scale, largely unknown and  not carefully bred for top immunity and genetic diversity. We have done several trials with purchasing these birds only to find them getting sick more often, dying quickly, while their egg production and looks are not superior to the legacy and heritage breeds we envision. Their principles are based on quantity not quality. For some that might be ok.

Preserving The Future

Our mission is to preserve, rescue, and nurture critically endangered animals—the cornerstone of sustainable agriculture. These breeds find their natural home on small-scale farms, homesteads, backyards and any environment seeking to align with their unique attributes. Together, let’s safeguard the legacy of our ancestors, reconnect with our roots, and champion a future where heritage and landrace breeds play a pivotal role.

What You Can Do!

Support local. Support small farms who value heritage and landrace breeds. Purchase from those places and raise your own heritage meat birds, heritage egg layers. You can also support some great organizations that champion for these breeds:

Check out:

The Livestock Conservancy

Society for Preservation of Poultry Antiquities

Home – American Poultry Association (amerpoultryassn.com)

Nicolle with Faverolles

Sugar Feather Farm offers some very exciting opportunities!  Our consultation service is a one-on-one discussion via the phone, in person, or online video with Fowl Guru, Nicolle.  Consultations are pre-scheduled and available on a call back basis. You would click below by using our booking system where you can arrange convenient day and time and pay for the service as well.

All about The Fowl Guru: Nicolle , aka The Fowl Guru, has been raising animals for over 20 years, and a self-trained fowl expert. She has education, trainings and background working with Poultry Scientists, Fowl Nutritionists and Fowl Breeder Mentors and Experts. She is a founder and owner of Sugar Feather Farm LLC, mother of 5 children and a consultant for Civil Engineering firms. Nicolle is a Certified Vermont Master Composter (intern) and volunteer for several charity organizations. She is a contributor, donator and member of The Livestock Conservancy and Pavlovskaya Conservation Association East Cost Director. Sugar Feather Farm is members of the following organizations and contribute volunteer time to all: American Poultry Association, Ayam Cemani Breeders Association, Guinea Fowl Association, American Pastured Poultry Producers Association, Vermont Bird Fanciers, Faverolles of the USA, Vermont Beekeepers Association, The Marans Club and Marema Club of America. She also volunteers in her community regularly and provides mentorships and internships for special needs individuals and students.

About Sugar Feather Farm Values

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Respect

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Welcome

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