Sustainability Gets a Facelift at Biltmore

Sustainability Gets a Facelift at Biltmore

During the month of April, all thoughts turn to egg hunts, fuzzy chicks, and other harbingers of spring.

Biltmore’s farming operations have followed the change of seasons by unveiling the recent restoration of the Brooder House. Tucked away on estate pastures, this structure honors the estate’s history in many unique ways.

Originally constructed in 1896 by Richard Howland Hunt, son of Biltmore House architect Richard Morris Hunt, the building housed George Vanderbilt’s poultry operation. Biltmore’s flock of hens provided the necessary 30 dozen eggs required for Biltmore House’s kitchen at the turn of the century.

The original flock boasted beautiful heirloom breeds such as Brahmas, Cochins, Leghorns, Plymouth Rocks, and Wyandottes.

In a nod to Biltmore’s love for preservation and long-standing farm-to-table legacy, Biltmore is using the restored Brooder House to hatch chicks throughout the year. This ensures a steady population of hens to meet the estate’s growing need for eggs. The flock boasts many of the same heritage breeds raised in George Vanderbilt’s time.

In addition to chicks, the Brooder House is home to the estate’s quail operation. This new venture began last winter in an effort to provide eggs for the The Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate and the Bistro. The flock now boasts more than 100 quails, and continues the farm-to-table legacy started by George Vanderbilt in 1895.

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