Pure Poultry Breeds

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust lists 39 breeds of poultry on its Watchlist. As of autumn 2011 they are:

  • Ancona
  • Andalusian
  • Australorp
  • British Faveroll
  • Brussbar
  • Buff Orpington
  • Campine
  • Cochin
  • Cream Legbar
  • Croad Langshan
  • Derbyshire Redcap
  • Dorking
  • Hamburgh
  • Indian Game
  • Ixworth
  • Legbar
  • Leghorn
  • Malay
  • Marsh Daisy
  • Minorca
  • Modern Game
  • Modern Langshan
  • Nankin
  • Norfolk Grey
  • North Holland Blue
  • Old English
  • Old English Game
  • Orpington (non Buff)
  • Pheasant Fowl
  • Rhodebar
  • Rosecomb
  • Rumpless Game
  • Scots Dumpy
  • Scots Grey
  • Sebright
  • Spanish
  • Sultan
  • Sussex
  • Welbar

Some of the pure breeds have been developed for showing and tend not to be very productive. However, some of these breeds are in danger of extinction and you may want to keep some and help to preserve them.

Others are “utility” breeds, such as the Rhode Island Red and Light Sussex, which have been developed for egg production and often as dual-purpose birds, to provide table birds too.

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Rosemary lives on a 12 acre smallholding in Angus, in the east of Scotland, where she keeps Ryeland Sheep, Shetland cattle and assorted poultry. She was destined to be a smallholder from an early age.

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