The Redcap Chicken shares a common ancestry with other fowl such as the Hamburgh and the Old English Pheasant Fowl and many similar now lost Northern English breeds. Like many of the rarer breeds they have a reputation for flightiness but if kept in coops are reasonable layers with a solidly fleshed body. They were bred to accentuate their comb which in shows has a marking of 45% of the total marks. Redcaps originated in Derbyshire, England, probably from Hamburg crossed with other breeds. The very large rose-comb is the most striking characteristic of the breed.
Characteristics: Broad backed with a solid broad breast close fitting wings of red brown with a beetle green webbing on the feather. Legs and feet lead colored. Comb rose with a straight leader full, of fine spikes size about 8x7cm. Mainly large in the UK some miniatures around.
- Standard Weights: Cock-7-1/2 pounds; hen-6 pounds; cockerel-6 pounds; pullet-5 pounds.
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Egg production.
- Origin: England
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.