Derbyshire Redcap Chicken

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Other common names: Red Cap Chicken, Redcap Chicken, Caperuza Roja

The basics:
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.
Broody: No
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Medium - Large

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