Other common names: Shepherd's Plaid; Chick Marley
Scots Grey Chickens originated in Scotland and have been known in their country since the 16th century. They were developed as barnyard fowl for small farms and crofts. The Scots Grey is known for its hardiness and its ability to thrive in any climate conditions. It also occurs in a bantam form. Though they have been popular among poultry fanciers for exhibition, and now have their own breed club, they are classed as an endangered breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Cuckoo
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Bantam: 20 - 24 oz
Largefowl: 5 - 7 lbs
Personality: Calm and friendly
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Tinted
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
Cuckoo fowl can be sexed as soon as they hatch. Males will have a larger white spot on their heads and yellow legs. As they age, Males will have noticeably wider white stripes then the females, which will be darker in color.
excellent brooders, free range life, independent farmyard hens
gamefowl heritage, rare breed
Scots Grey poultry
Scots Greys are well suited to a free range life. Ours are small, almost bantam sized. When young they can fly modest distances and will perch high. Egg laying is strongly seasonal. They are excellent brooders. They are in the habit of disappearing off and then reappearing with a clutch of chicks in tow. The eggs are small with a large yolk. You won't make a fortune selling eggs at the gate but they are splendid independent farmyard hens..
From Fleecewife Jan 31 2011 1:40AM
Scots Grey my new chickens
This is a new chicken breed for me. I'm building up the menagerie of rare breeds again, as we're planning to move next spring to somewhere with more acreage. So I have spent the past six months either gathering new animals to where we live now, or housing them at a local rare breed park where I help out when I can.
I came across the Scots Grey by accident when looking to try and identify a barred chicken we used to keep when I was growing up. It wasn't the Scots Grey, but when I learnt that this breed had gamefowl ancestry I wanted to look into it further.
The cock bird looks much like other domestic chickens in terms of appearance, but you can definitely see the gamefowl ancestry in the hens (particularly in the poults), with their large heads and breasts that project beyond the neck.
They have a bit of a reputation for being flighty and the cocks can be aggressive. You can see their gamefowl heritage when they squat down, ready to spring and attack. But they soon lear who is feeding them and will even run towards you when you call.
In Scotland this was the traditional crofter and smallholder's bird, being very hardy and able to take care of themselves. They are very active scratchers and foragers. From what I have seen, this would be an ideal bird for a new garden or a patch of ground where you want to clear the pests, slugs and snails.
Though quite heavy birds (they can reach 3kg) they do take to the wing readily and will fly short distances. If possible they like high perches and can be trained to clamber or half-fly up to a coop set well above the ground.
They are quite regular (if not particularly prolific) layers, but they are expert at hiding their eggs and you may have a bit of a treasure hunt on your hands if you want to find all of a day's clutch.
This is a free range bird and they can become destructive if confine. At the very least, they need to be allowed to roam freely during the day.
From what I have seen, the breasts are quite narrow and I am told they have quite a gamey flavour (another reason for getting them). So I look forward to increasing the flock to be able to raise for meat and eggs whilst also helping to keeping this rare breed going..
From DLlE Oct 13 2012 9:23AM