Rare Breed Chickens For Sale Scotland
Breeds: Silkies, Polish, Pekins, Faverolles, Appenzellers, Vorwerks, Black Copper, Blue Copper and Silver Black Marans, Brahmas, Cochins, Buff Orpingtons, Wyandottes, Leghorns, Sablepoots, Araucanas, Coloured egg layers (Blue, Green, Olive). All our chickens are vaccinated.Full range of point of lay hybrid layers also available, as well as pure breed ducks and geese.
Rare Breed Chickens For Sale Scotland
An American blue-foot Bresse chicken from Overlook Farms in East Chatham. This is the first year the poultry farm raised the rare, expensive breed, but all 31 available for purchase were claimed within days.
Few Bresse chickens are exported, and breeders of a U.S. version with French lineage command a premium for the birds known for snowy plumage, red combs and blue feet. They're usually sold with the latter attached, and sometimes the feathered heads, too, as proof of authenticity. It's an implicit promise that you're getting what for 500 years has been called the best-tasting chicken in the world.
Michael already manages our Incredible Eggs North branch. The Cowans are 5th generation farmers and breed pure and rare breed poultry in a wide range of both chicken and duck breeds. These are grown on at the family farm in County Durham for pet and smallholder homes.
The Jersey Giant is an American breed that is one of the heaviest of all chickens. The only downside to raising a Jersey Giant is that it requires an exceptional amount of food to get this bird to its full size and ready for slaughter.
There are various reasons people raise chickens: for eggs, meat, show and exhibition or simply to enjoy caring for and watching chicks grow. For some, raising chickens is a hobby while others see it as a sustainable part of living. This fact sheet will explore characteristics of chicken breeds to help select the right breed for you.
Some chicken breeds are referred to as dual-purpose breeds that will lay an adequate amount of eggs and grow large enough for meat production. The downside, though, is that the chicken will not mature quickly like other breeds of meat chickens. Hybrid birds, also called sex-linked, tend to be good dual-purpose, but hybrid birds cannot reproduce.
Shows offer an opportunity to display any breed of chicken and are becoming popular in the Midwest. The American Poultry Association (APA) has a publication called The American Standard of Perfection that has a complete description of all the breeds and varieties of domestic chickens. This publication describes the appropriate breed characteristics needed for birds to be shown in exhibition.
Breeds with the reputation for docility include: Plymouth Rock, Wyandotte and Orpington. These may be good choices for the novice backyard poultry enthusiast or if young children will be helping to raise and care for the poultry. Roosters, of any breed, on the other hand are naturally aggressive and may not be suitable for the novice poultry enthusiast or flocks where children are caring for the birds. Individual bird behavior is unpredictable. The breed characteristics should be used only as a guide knowing that selecting primarily for temperament is difficult. Using a reputable and knowledgeable breeder is a good start in choosing which breed of chickens you wish to select to start your backyard flock.
There is also a bantam variety of this chicken breed. Scots Dumpy chicken is a rare breed now. They are classed as an endangered breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Review characteristics, behavior and full breed profile of Scots Dumpy chicken below.
Lee-Anne said that Dumpies are part of the Scottish national heritage and that it is important to ensure the breed is kept going for future generations, given that they are currently on the rare breed watchlist.