Chicken Breed Focus - Norfolk grey

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The Norfolk Grey originated from Norfolk, England, around 1910. They are believed to have been developed from Silver Birchen Games and Duckwing Leghorns, by a breeder named Frederick W Myhill of Hethel, Wymondham under the name "Black Maria". The breed was first exhibited under the name Black Maria at the Dairy Show in 1920. But in 1925, Myhill applied to the Poultry Club of Great Britain, to have the name changed to "Norfolk Grey" as the breed did not gain popularity under the name Black Maria. The breed lost popularity and was thought be extinct, until in 1974 four Norfolk Greys were found in a privately owned flock and the breed was recovered, though is still very rare today.

    Details:

    Origin: England
    Purpose: Dual
    Egg Laying: 150-220 eggs per year
    Egg colour: Tinted (Light brown)


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    BYC Breed Reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/norfolk-grey

    BYC Breed Discussion:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/127834/norfolk-grey/0_30


    Do you own Norfolk Greys? Are you a Norfolk Grey 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. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Wow! Beautiful - love that rooster!
     
  3. DesertChic

    DesertChic Overrun With Chickens

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    Gorgeous birds! Do you know how heavy they get?
     
  4. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    Lovely. I'm shooting for Naked Neck of that color.
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    That would be interesting to see!
     
  6. GmaClucky

    GmaClucky Out Of The Brooder

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    I would like to raise/breed some of these, but I suppose it would be pretty expensive to get them started.
     
  7. poultrymad

    poultrymad Out Of The Brooder

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    I used to have some and know someone that still breeds quite a few but not many people want them in the UK. They lay very well though.
     
  8. chickengr

    chickengr Overrun With Chickens

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    gorgeous birds. I wish I could find them in greece.
     
  9. NorfolkGreyUSA

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    I have them in the US - am getting ready to release hatching eggs this Spring. They are fantastic, gorgeous birds.
     

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