Welcome to Derbyshire Redcaps
The Derbyshire Redcap is a breed of chicken originating in the English county of Derbyshire. The name “Redcap” derives from the breed’s unusually large Rose-type comb. Redcaps are classes as a light Breed and have an amazing game like taste, As well as being an ornamental bird redcaps are good egg producers laying around 200 white eggs per year.
Derbyshire Redcaps are currently on the At Risk list of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust The rare breed status is mainly due to farmers in WW1 and WW2 switching to hybrid faster growing more productive birds leaving only a few small pockets of Derbyshire redcaps in the UK.
In 2015 it was reported that numbers had reduced to less than 300 birds world wide, After tasting the quality of both the meat and the eggs of the Derbyshire redcap it was very clear to me and a small selection of close friends (Mainly poultry experts Peter Taylor and Paul Elliott) that this breed needed not only to be protected but needed to be promoted to ensure future breeding from future poultry keepers.
Derbyshire Redcaps are a flighty bird and must be kept free range. They are well known as fantastic foragers and left to their own devices can cost very little in feed as they forage for at least 50% of their food. It is the high rate-of-lay combined with superior foraging and survival skills that earned the Redcap chicken a place on a farm or homestead This website is simply designed to be a conduit of information to allow future breeding and ease of obtaining these great all round birds.