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This breed was saved from ex­tinc­tion in the 1970s. Nor­folk Greys are still classed as rare, but they are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar with breed­ers. These would be great chick­ens for a be­gin­ner who is in­ter­ested in helping to save a rare Bri­tish breed. They aren’t dif­fi­cult to keep and en­joy free-rang­ing. Nor­folk Greys were cre­ated by Mr Fred My­hill from Nor­wich, and the first birds ap­peared at a show in the 1920s. To start with they were called Black Marias, but no­body liked the name, so Mr My­hill changed it to Nor­folk Grey. There is only one colour, which is black with sil­ver/ white neck feathers, and the cock­erel is es­pe­cially hand­some. The hens lay a rea­son­able num­ber of light-coloured eggs, rarely go broody, and al­though they are classed as a heavy breed, only weigh about 2.5Kg. There is no breed club for Nor­folk Greys but you can find out more at http://nor­folk­grey. com/ or from the Rare Poul­try So­ci­ety at www.rarepoul­tryso­ci­

A Nor­folk Grey cock­erel

A Nor­folk Grey hen

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