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Norfolk Grey - Chicken
Norfolk Grey Details
UsesModerate to prolific egg layer, small table bird.
ClassLarge Fowl, Heavy, soft feather
EggsMedium, tinted/pale brown
Weight, cock3.2 kg
Weight, hen2.7 kg
ParentageSilver birchen Game, duckwing Leghorn
Sitter?A sitter, but less inclinded to do so than many other breeds.
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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.