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About Derbyshire Redcap ChickensAbout Derbyshire Redcap Chickens

Derbyshire Redcapsrnarea a breed of chicken originating in Derbyshire, England. They have an unusuallyrnlarge Rose-type comb which is where they got the name "Redcap". It isrncovered in small, fleshy points, and has a distinct spike pointing backwardsrncalled a "leader". Their combs, wattles and earlobes are all brightrnred.

rnrnRedcaps are arnnative English bird that have been written about since at least the early 19thrncentury. Most likely they were derived from Golden Spangled Hamburgs, Dorkings,rnOld English Pheasant Fowl, and Black-Breasted Red Games. rnrn

rnrnDerbyshirernRedcaps were common on British farms until the middle of the 20th century,rnparticularly around the southern Pennines. They have never been preferred byrnintensive farms or commercial operations, and have always been primarily arnbarnyard fowl. Today, they are a very rare chicken, with the largest numbersrnstill residing in their home country. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust of thernU.K. lists them as Vulnerable on their watch list. They were admitted to thernAmerican Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection in 1888, and are listedrnas Critical on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy watchlist.rnrn

rnrnDerbyshirernRedcaps are a hardy, active breed of chicken that does well in free rangernconditions. They are well suited for dual-purpose farm flocks, being used forrnboth meat and egg production in addition to their ornamental qualities. Hens dornnot usually go broody, and lay a good amount of large, white colored eggs.rnrn

rnrnRedcaps arernclassified as a light fowl, with roosters weighing approximately 3.4 kilogramsrn(7.5 lb) and hens 2.75 kg (6.1 lb). Their beaks are horn-colored and their combsrnhang to either side of their face. They appear in a single variety of plumage,rnwith various dark hues of red, brown and black. The Roosters display a greaterrndiversity of color, but both males and females have black tails and a crescentrnshape of black on the edge of most body feathers.

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