Redcap

Average User Rating:
3.16667/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Rose
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    White
    Breed Temperament:
    Wild / restless,Shy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    One variety- Reddish brown feathers with some black.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Recaps originate from Derbyshire, England in around 1870. They are great foragers and layers with some meat potential, some males will reach 6.5-7lbs. They should also be considered rare, as very few people keep them.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Rose
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size: Medium
    Egg Color: White

    Breed Temperament:
    Wild / restless,Shy

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    One variety- Reddish brown feathers with some black.
    Breed Details:
    Recaps like to forage without the presence of humans. They don't like to be confined or shown. They have a huge rose comb around 3 1/4 inches by around 2 1/2 inches and about half the size in females. Chicks are bright yellow with black on their head and back. They need plenty of space to forage and prefer little or no confinement. They produce lots of eggs every year approximately 200. ***AWAITING PICS***

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Flight Of Fancy
    2/5,
    "Just Not A Fan"
    Pros - Good Foragers
    Cons - Huge Wanderer, Hard to Catch, Small
    I came into the same issue as another reviewer. Small birds. Not sure why other people are so fast to blame owners for issues though. I read what they should be but mine were little. I had birds that were supposed to be small from the same hatchery in the same shipment which were huge... So which is it? I am selling mine now instead of putting into the pot because they are too small to seem worth it if you are not starving.

    Good side is they are great foragers. They will wander way off though. I prefer my birds closer to home. I have had these guys go so way off. Make sure your neighbors are OK with your birds even if you are all on acreage. They are aware of the skies and hawks which is nice.

    I just can't get attached because they are so independent. Not a bad bird but I prefer Cochin/Easter Egger/Sex Link/Faverolle needy love :)
    Overall:
    2
  2. daniel rainey
    5/5,
    "favourit breed I have ever kept out of at..."
    Pros - hardy, disease resistant, lovely to look at, very interactive, can find up to half of there own food through foraging! and good for eggs and meat!
    Cons - not every ones cup of tea, can be flighty if reared by a mother hen.
    in my opinion lovely looking birds and very unique in looks.
    When given the right kind of range these birds can find a greater part of there own diet, and manage to avoid predators wile ranging through unfenced ground. The hens are capable of laying around 200 eggs a year and cockrels are capable of weighing more than 3 kgs so spare roosters can be put to some good use!
    this breed is easyly able to survive through very very cold temperatures! and will never fail to surprise you in how smart they are and how they can access just about anywhere! be it roof tops tree tops or anywhere!!! great breed for anyone with the right environment for them and will not fail to amuse you!
    Overall:
    5
    1cock2hens likes this.
  3. Runawaylobster
    3/5,
    "Nice Chickens"
    Pros - Good Layer, Nice White Eggs, Pretty to look at
    Cons - perhaps a bit small for eating
    I have a redcap, she was flighty until she came into Lay and now she is very
    friendly and visits me when i go to the coop. She is nice and consistent with
    eggs..

    nice bird
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    Overall:
    3.5

User Comments

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  1. MrsFitzDarcy
    I just hordered some. Granted, they are hatchery, but you have to start somewhere!
  2. AtropineCaffein
    I appreciate this review. I know that we all have our soft spots for certain breeds, but sometimes that means we get upset when someone else does not love what we love.

    As a relatively new chicken keeper, I appreciate both the "These are the best EVER" and "I would sell mine for a quarter if given the chance...heck, just take them now" as i know that the truth is somewhere between :)
  3. Sylvester017
    You clearly like your Redcaps. I think they are beautiful and I love intelligent independent flighty breeds as they are able to take care of themselves well but they wouldn't fit with my current docile lightweight flock. I LOVED the eggs but had to re-home a wonderful smart White Leghorn who was a sweet leader of the flock until she came out of her 3rd year moult being aggressive toward the flock when I added two new pullets of different breed. We gave her a chance to adapt but she wouldn't change because the flock dynamics weren't changing. So off she went to my friend's flock. Miss her but it was a good decision. Older hens can really get bossy and sometimes downright dangerous in a smaller backyard flock like ours. We've had to re-home two great egg-laying hens now for the safety of the bantams. Now we don't add anything but docile temperaments that are under 5-lb LF to the flock.

    Anyway, wanted to say how beautiful the Redcap is. I think it would be a good breed to hold its own in a Mediterranean flock with smarts, independence, foraging skills, and great looks. I also noticed that the Poltava Clay roos look similar if not exactly like the Redcap. Any thoughts that they are the same breed or related? The females look different from each other in the two breeds but the males are very similar. I can't find any info on the color of egg the Poltava lays because that would have told me if there could be a close or a distant relation.
  4. daniel rainey
    And ps that picture of the rooster that is supposed to resemble the breed is not a redcap at best a quarter redcap! it dosnt have anywhere near the right sized comb and its markings are way off as are its legs color! they should be blue and it should be a blackish color with redish brown only on its wings and sickle feathers and he hens markings are very different to that!
  5. daniel rainey
    I Dont think this is a fair review of the redcap at all, redcaps can be a tad wild if there reared by a mother but incubator chicks are just as friendly as most other breeds! and redcaps have a very good disease resistance so ether they where very poor quality stock or it was a very poor quality environment to keep them in. Redcaps males should wiegh in at about 3 and a half kgs which is not that small and given the right range are able to forage for a good half of there own food needs so clearly could not be that stupid! and for redcaps yes a 6 to 8 foot fence might be necessary but what can you expect from an old survivor breed that need to fly to avoid predators which clearly they can do well as you said one of yours ran away for a week and didn't get eaten which requires a certain amount of intelligence, more so than most other breeds! and for a breed that will not try to get out of 4 foot high wire you will need a very heavy and relaxed breed so redcaps where a stupid choice for you which Im sorry to say is not there fault! The redcap is an excellent breed for some one who knows what there doing with them and has the right environment for them.
  6. Haruna
    Hello from Kano Nigeria

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