Manx Rumpie Standard Chicken

The Manx Rumpie Chicken, also called the Rumpless Game, is a breed of chicken which lacks a tail and rump. Unlike the Manx cat and tailless poultry that were common on the Isle of Man in 1871, the Manx Rumpy does not actually originate from the Isle of Man, but nonetheless was so named because of its resemblance to the Manx cat, which also lacks a tail. Manx Rumpies are a very old breed from the Persian Gulf their first name in English was the Persian Rumpless but they are rare in the West. Manx Rumpies are among only a few other tailless breeds, most notably the Araucana and the Belgian d’Everberg. They do not grow a tail because they lack the vertebrae that most chickens have. Most have single combs, and red earlobes. Appearing in a wide variety of colors, the breed is recognized officially in British poultry standards. On realizing that that these bantams live without tail feathers to escape foxes, Kent Poultry Club chairman Dudley Mallett gave the tiny chickens the name Rumpless Game.

Manx Rumpie Chicken - Hen

Manx Rumpie Chicken – Hen

Manx Rumpie Chicken - Cock

Manx Rumpie Chicken – Rooster

Characteristics: A relatively light-weight fowl. Manx Rumpie Chicken hens are good layers of brown eggs, and may also occasionally lay white, blue, or green eggs. They do have a tendency to go broody, but the breed’s fertility is generally low. Behaviorally, they do very well in free range conditions.

  • Standard Weights: Cock-5-1/2 pounds; hen-4-1/2 pounds; cockerel-4-1/2 pounds; pullet-4 pounds.
  • Egg Shell Color: Brown
  • Use: Exhibition fowl.
  • Origin: Persian Gulf

Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?

Things to consider:

Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.

Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.

Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.

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