Norfolk Grey - Chicken

Norfolk Grey cockerel

Norfolk Grey Details

Uses
Moderate to prolific egg layer, small table bird.
Origin
Norfolk
Class
Large Fowl, Heavy, soft feather
Colour
Silver
Comb
Single
Eggs
Medium, tinted/pale brown
Weight, cock
3.2 kg
Weight, hen
2.7 kg
Parentage
Silver birchen Game, duckwing Leghorn
Sitter?
A sitter, but less inclinded to do so than many other breeds.
Autosexable?
No
Breed Club

Rare Poultry Society

Breed Ratings
Temperament
Hardiness
Egg Laying
Table Value
Flightiness
Brooding

Norfolk Grey Description

Originally called black Marias the Norfolk Grey was created by Mr Frederick Myhill from Hethel near Norwich. They were first shown at the 1920 dairy show. The name Black Maria did not catch on so the name was changed to Norfolk Grey around about 1925.The breed had a period of success shortly after their creation but by 1974 had almost become extinct until a Reverend Andrew Bowden and his wife found a few birds on a farm near Banbury. Since then thanks to the work of the Bowden’s the Norfolk Grey although still rare is available.

Norfolk Grey’s make a suitable dual purpose breed and their colour looks particularly striking when roaming on grassy fields.

The white feathering on the Norfolk Grey can become yellowed by the sun, so if you wish to exhibit birds with white feathering such as the Norfolk Grey  it would be useful to have a shaded run.


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