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Chicken Breeds item created by Mr MKK FARMS, Dec 23, 2012
Pros - Gorgeous birds, lay good sized eggs, confident and independent, easy to tame
Cons - Borderline evil. Males are REALLY rough mating with females.
When picking our NG eggs up from the breeder, she entered the pen with a pitchfork to protect herself. Ominous start! We hand-raised half & put the rest under a hen. The hand-raised ones became quite aggressive but we handled them & they stopped trying to rip our skin off & became jolly, inquisitive, tame birds. The hen-raised ones were much more docile. This year we hatched 3 eggs from another breeder. They're VERY confident and mean. Our gigantic turkey is terrified of them and they pecked his sister to death. They're great with us - so tame - but real bullies with the other birds. I wouldn't put them in with gentle breeds. Most from last year were killed by predators but the remaining cockerel is a beaut. He's a real wimp with us, and at the bottom of the pecking order, but likes to mate with chicks, and mates v roughly with hens. We call him the Norfolk Pervert. He really is magnificent though.
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.)