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Norfolk Grey


Pros: friendly, excellent foragers

Cons: don't lay as often as hybrids

Very friendly birds and amazing foragers. Not flighty if regularly handled, but there is some variation in personalities as with all birds. Lay 2 eggs every 3 days when young.


They start laying lightly tinted (pale brown) eggs at around 6 months old, same as many other breeds. This is a rare breed which is probably impossible to find outside of UK so if you have a similar looking bird, then it is likely to be silver Sussex.


Pros: friendly, pretty, good foragers

Cons: bit flighty

My Norfolk Grey birds are one of the most easy birds to raise and are so sweet.  I would definitely get these again.


Pros: Beautiful irridescent plumage and deep limpet pool eyes

Cons: Bit flightly and shy

Bought from a rare breeds farm last year in Kent, Kes is a very striking bird.  She has a black/green shimmerly plumage (oil slick like), with the most amazing deep black eyes.  The whole eye is black, so she has a beautiful soft stare.  Her eyes seem much bigger than the other hens.  She has a large comb and wattles, which are a pretty shape and grey legs.   Her legs and feet seem quite big, compared to some of my other birds, but she is a fairly large size bird.   She is of equal size but different shape to my Cochin (who is one of my largest).   So far, she has been laying fairly regular (can't be precise with a big flock sorry), but she is under a year old and it is Spring!   I am very pleased with her and will definately buy some ore next time I pass WRBF!    If you like a bird to look kind and gentle, rather than a cold hard stare, they eyes would win me over every time.  (I have deduced one star as they are said to not be good layers.)

Norfolk Grey

The Norfolk Grey Originated from Norfolk, England. Norfolk Greys were said to have been developed from Silver Birchen Games and Duckwing Leghorns, which makes them a unique breed of chicken. Norfolk Greys are very rare, and were declared extinct in 1970. But in 1974 four Norfolk Greys were found and the breed was recovered, though the breed is still rare today.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
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Breed Colors/Varieties
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Climate Tolerance
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Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose 

Comb: Single


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Egg Productivity: Medium 

Egg Size: Large

Egg Color: Brown


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