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Redcap Chickens

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 @ 11:07 AM Karen Hood

The Derbyshire Redcap is a breed of chicken originating in the English county of Derbyshire. The name “Redcap” derives from the breed’s unusually large Rose-type comb. British breed standards dictate a length of more than 3 inches for a Redcap comb. It is covered in small, fleshy points, and has a distinct spike pointing backwards called a “leader”. Combs, wattles and earlobes are all ideally bright red. Redcaps can be differentiated from similar looking breeds by their red earlobes and larger comb. Derbyshire Redcaps are a hardy, active breed of chicken that does well in free range conditions. They are well suited for dual-purpose farm flocks, being used for both meat and egg production in addition to their ornamental qualities. Derbyshire Redcaps were common on British farms until the middle of the 20th century. In the 21st century, they are a very rare chicken. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust of the U.K. lists them as Vulnerable on their watch list. Abroad, Redcaps were admitted to the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection in 1888, and are listed as Critical on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy watchlist.

The Redcap chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm.

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