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How a P.E.I. man’s champion chickens are preserving heritage breeds

'If it weren't for the purebred breeders, these breeds would be a thing of the past'


January 7, 2019
By CBC News

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Trevor MacDonald has about 150 fancy chickens and 50 show pigeons in his coop. Trevor MacDonald/Facebook

Trevor MacDonald from Murray River, about 55 kilometres southeast of Charlottetown, proudly holds up one of his newest chickens — a silver spangled Hamburg that he hopes will be a contender in next year’s poultry shows.

This particular breed originated in northern Europe hundreds of years ago. “It was the first breed I had when I started as a kid and you kind of get attached,” MacDonald said.

MacDonald, who’s a substitute teacher, has about 150 fancy chickens and 50 show pigeons in his coop. But it’s the chickens that stole his heart long ago.

He started showing them at local fairs 40 years ago. “I got into it as a kid. My dad had a few, a couple of great uncles that were into it at that time and some cousins.”

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