Heavy breeds

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The heavy breeds were mostly de­vel­oped in the cooler re­gions of Europe and North Amer­ica. They tend to the fol­low­ing at­tributes: As with most gen­er­al­i­sa­tions, there are of­ten in­di­vid­u­als out­side the av­er­age. The New Hamp­shire Red, de­vel­oped on the eastern seaboard of North Amer­ica, would be the breed that doesn’t quite con­form, be­ing slightly be­low 3kg as a ma­ture bird and hav­ing the abil­ity to be an ex­cel­lent layer of tinted-to-brown eggs.

HEAVY BREEDS: Ply­mouth Rock, Wyan­dotte and Rhode Is­land Red from North Amer­ica; the Or­p­ing­ton, Sus­sex, Cor­nish and Dork­ing from Great Bri­tain; the Faverolle, North Hol­land Blue and Barn­evelder from France and Hol­land; and the Lang­shan from Asia.

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