Chicken Breed Focus - Derbyshire Redcap

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    The Derbyshire Redcap is an English breed of chicken that was developed in Derbyshire, England in around 1870. The name "Redcap" derives from the breed's unusually large Rose-type comb. British breed standards dictate a length of more than 7 centimetres/3 inches of length for a Redcap comb! They are classified as light weight fowl with cocks reaching weights of up to 7.5 lb and hens 6.1 lb. They are a hardy breed that is well suited to and prefers free ranging.

    The breed used to be very popular on British farms, but their numbers have declined and they are quite rare nowadays. Rare Breeds Survival Trust of the U.K. lists them as "Vulnerable" on their watch list. In the United States they are listed as "Critical" on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy watch list.

    Redcaps were admitted to the APA Standard of Perfection in 1888.


    Breed purpose: Dual Purpose
    Comb type: Rose
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates
    Egg Productivity: Medium
    Egg Size: Medium
    Breed Size: Large Fowl only

    Pic by @Runawaylobster

    Pic by @Redcap Farm

    Pic by Duncan Hewitt - Merrybower Homestead

    Pic by Duncan Hewitt - Merrybower Homestead

    Pic by Duncan Hewitt - Merrybower Homestead

    *Images used with permission - Duncan Hewwit at Merrybower Homestead, UK

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    General breed discussions & FAQ thread:

    Do you own Redcaps? Are you a Redcap breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    What a handsome and cool looking breed, those combs are something else.
  3. Cool, what a awesome looking breed. I want one, lol.[​IMG]
  4. krista69

    krista69 In the Brooder

    May 15, 2015
    maceo ky
    Very nice looking birds.
  5. N F C

    N F C Wind? Bah!

    Dec 12, 2013
    Nice looking birds! I love that picture of the roo standing watch over his girls.
  6. Their combs look so unique! :love I would love to have one, sadly I don't think their combs could handle our winters. It can get down to -40 degrees here. :/
  7. Akrnaf2

    Akrnaf2 The educated Rhino

    Jul 5, 2014
    Center of Israel
    I saw in the web that there is some redcaps white a white ear lobe
    Could it be?
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2015
  8. CanadianBuckeye

    CanadianBuckeye Songster

    Mar 27, 2015
    Cadmus, Ontario Canada
    The Standard of Perfection calls for red earlobes, and they are supposed to lay a white egg.
  9. CRAJ

    CRAJ Chirping

    Apr 6, 2013
    Southwest Wisconsin

    These are my pair of Red Caps from Murray McMurray Hatchery. The hen is quite a productive gal. We let them free range on our farm. We have hatched out offspring this year in our incubator, and are curious to see how they turn out. At the time of this posting, the pair is 15 months old.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2016
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