Other common names: Red Cap Chicken, Redcap Chicken, Caperuza Roja
The Derbyshire Redcap is a breed of chicken which was developed in Derbyshire, England. The exact breeds that contributed to the creation of the Redcap are unknown, but Golden Spangled Hamburgs, Dorkings, Old English Pheasant Fowl and Black-Breasted Red Games may have been involved. The breed is also very similar in conformation to now-extinct chickens such as the Yorkshire Pheasant and the Lancashire Moonie. Redcaps were admitted to the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection in 1888.
Unfortunately, the Red Cap Chicken is currently highly endangered. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust of the U.K. lists them as Vulnerable on their watch list. Redcaps have been given a classification of "critical" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The "critical" category means, "Fewer than 500 breeding birds in the United States, with five or fewer primary breeding flocks (50 birds or more), and estimated global population less than 1,000."
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Rose Comb): Gold Spangled
Uses: Eggs, Ornamental
Bantam: 26 - 30 oz
Largefowl: 6 - 7.5 lbs
Personality: Wild and evasive of people.
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Medium - Large
combs, fully freerange eggs
rarer breed, Red caps
Red Cap Chickens
Red cap chickens are a rarer breed. There were not listed so I stuck this review under the closest I could find. Red caps are very hard to come by as chicks. I came across a pair years ago and always manage to put a few eggs in the incubator each year. They are different in that their combs have several points and are wider than normal.
They are medium sized birds. The males can grow as heavy as 5 lbs. They lay medium sized white eggs. Once in a great while a hen will lay whitish eggs.
These birds are not very hardy. The chicks get sick a lot. Antibiotics are a must to have around with this breed.
The males can get aggressive and they do grow very long spurs. I would only keep one male of this breed. They do not get along well with other breeds and it is best to have them in a pen by themselves..
From writer802 Jul 26 2014 11:02PM