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Specialty Breeds Chicken Program

Meeting the needs of Ontario's diverse and growing ethno-cultural consumer communities

In 2014, CFO launched an innovative Specialty Breeds Chicken Program to support the growing demand from Ontario's diverse and growing ethno-cultural communities for chicken processed with head and feet on. The Specialty Breeds Chicken Program creates exciting opportunities for the specialty chicken value chain - hatcheries, farmers, distributors and retailers of specialty breeds of chicken - to support current and emerging consumer markets.   

CFO's Specialty Breeds Chicken Program was developed to bring Ontario into alignment with the national Chicken Farmers of Canada specialty breeds policy. The new program specifies that two common breeds of specialty chicken will now be included under this program: Yellow chicken and Silkie chicken.

Yellow chicken has a Yellow beak, yellow skin and yellow feet. It is well known as “Frey’s Special Dual Purpose, Shandon TC(Wenchang), Hong Kong Glden, Loong Kong TC, Bradner Long Cycle TC, Blue Leg Taiwanese, Mt. Lehman, VSB and Bradner Special Dual Short Cycle TC.

The silkie has black skin. It is a breed of chicken named for its atypically fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk and satin. Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. The usual methods of cooking include using Silkie to make broth, braising, and in curries.

To learn more about CFO’s Specialty Breeds Chicken Program, visit