Chickens & Birds

The Rare Breed Survival Trust has five criteria for rare breeds, based upon how many registered breeding females there are left. The criteria varies for each type of animal.

Poultry

  • Critical – less than 100 breeding hens left
  • Endangered – 101 to 200 breeding hens left
  • Vulnerable – 201 to 300 breeding hens left
  • At Risk – 301 to 500 breeding hens left
  • Minority – 501 to 1000 breeding hens left

Buff Orpington Chicken

Buff Orpington Chicken 230 x 135

How rare are they?

The Buff Orpington Chickens have less than 500 breeding females left, classing them as ‘At Risk’ by the Rare Breed Survival Trust.

Where does the Buff Orpington Chicken come from?

The Buff Orpington was introduced in 1894 to satisfy the demand for buff coloured birds. The new variety was achieved by crossing gold spangled Hamburg cocks with dark and red Dorking hens and then mating the offspring pullets with Buff Cochin cocks. They were named after the town of Orpington in Kent where they were bred.

Why are they at Odds Farm Park?

In addition to being attractive birds for visitors to see on their day out, Odds Farm Park are actively bolstering this rare breed’s numbers. We have not had them since 2003 but re-introduced them again in 2009.

How can you recognise their eggs?

Their eggs are cream to light brown, of an average size and taste great. With a strong tendency to sit on their eggs, the Buff Orpington Hens make great mothers.

How would children identify the Buff Orpington at Odds Farm Park?

The heavy soft feathers of the Buff Orpington Chickens make these already large birds, look even bigger. Children on a day out will find them extremely attractive with their soft almost fluffy appearance, rich golden colour and gentle contours.

Crollwitzer Turkey

Crollwitzer Turkey 230 x 135

How rare are they?

The Crollwitzer Turkey is not under threat.

Where does the Crollwitzer Turkey come from?

Originating from Germany, the Crollwitzer Turkey is similar to the Pied Turkey but smaller.

Why are they at Odds Farm Park?

The Crollwitzer Turkey is a very attractive looking turkey to see on a day out. The Turkeys at Odds Farm Park have beautiful white fanned tails.

How can you recognise their eggs?

Their eggs are very large and slightly speckled and they lay them in dark places for perfect incubation.

How would children identify a Crollwitzer Turkey?

Children can identify the Crollwitzer Turkey at Odds Farm Park by its striking black and white plumage. It is a small breed of turkey, very beautiful and shouldn’t be missed on a day out.

Polish Chicken

Polish Chicken 230 x 135

How rare are the they?

The Polish Chicken is not under threat.

Where does the Polish Chicken come from?

Surprisingly, the Polish Chicken originates from Holland, not Poland. Initially bred for its eggs, today the Polish Chicken is bred mainly as a show bird.

Why have them at Odds Farm Park?

The Polish Chicken are at Odds Farm Park simply because of their striking appearance.

How can you recognise their eggs?

Their eggs are pure white and small. Polish Chickens do not generally sit on their eggs to keep them warm and therefore to successfully breed Polish Chickens, the eggs need to be put in incubators or put with other chicken breeds that will sit on their eggs and hatch them. However at Odds Farm Park for the last 2 years our Polish Chickens hatched out their own eggs and reared them successfully themselves.

How would children identify the Polish Chickens at Odds Farm Park?

On a day out, children can identify these beautiful birds by their explosive topknot of feathers, sometimes in a contrasting colour to their body color. The topknot of feathers usually obscures their vision, making them calmer than other chickens.

Silkie Chicken

More information coming soon.

Wyandotte

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Speckled Sussex

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Belgium d’uccles

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Barnevelder

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