The Chicken Stimulus Package idea began in 2010 with a chick give away to folks who were interested in getting started with family flocks. Major hatcheries donated chicks and local groups organized the event in conjunction with brooding and poultry keeping classes.
The idea has grown along with the chicken and Occupy Backyards movements. It now includes local chicken owners who raise birds, to raise a few more to give to first-time chicken owners and help them get started. You could call it chicken tithing.
Emphasis is on the heritage breeds to help not only preserve the breeds, but to get folks to understand the diversity and utility of non-commercial birds.
These projects and movements are developing rapidly so please check back occasionally to follow the movements, or contact The Gossamer Foundation.