The Scots Dumpy is a Scottish breed, deriving it's name from it's country of origin and the moniker "dumpy", meaning short and stout, referring to the breed's thick-set appearance and extremely short legs. Through history they have been known under a host of other names such as: Bakies, Stumpies, Dadlies, Hoodies, or Creepies. The short-legged nature of the Dumpy is determined by a single dominant instance of the creeper Cp allele, which has a dwarfing effect on the legs and wings. Unfortunately, two instances of this dominant allele are lethal. Therefore, a short legged "creeper fowl" like the Dumpy, will have one instance of the Cp allele and a matching non-dwarfing recessive cp allele. When breeding this gives rise to a differential outcome. Where two short legged creepers are bred together the arithmetic of the allele combination will result in 50% Cpcp (short legged creepers), 25% cpcp (normal legged creepers) and 25% CpCp (which have the self-terminating lethal combination). The nature of the lethality is that the chicks die in the shell prior to hatching. To avoid a predetermined 25% dead in the shell occurrence a long legged bird can be crossed with a short legged bird. This will give rise to a 50% split in short legged and normal legged offspring. The dwarf nature of the legs does not appear to have any actual disadvantages to the birds in their native context, and flocks have been known to survive with natural selection situations where normal supposition would presume that the long legged offspring would have more advantages for survival. They are classed as an endangered breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Details: Purpose: Dual Egg production: 180 eggs annually Egg colour: Off-white, tinted Recognised Varieties: Brown, Cuckoo, Gold, Silver, Black, White Pic by @Matilda hen Pic by @Matilda hen Pic by @Matilda hen Pic by @maralpz2006 BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/949394/scots-dumpy-u-s/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/452239/the-scots-dumpy/0_30 Do you own Scots Dumpies? Are you a Scots Dumpy 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!