LARGE FOWL:

Please click on a breed name below to view information and pictures for that breed.

Please note: We hatch all our pure breeds ourselves, hens kept naturally take a break from laying over the winter.  So our pure breeds are not "in stock" as such. Whilst we are working hard to hatch enough we still recommend pre-ordering to avoid disappointment. Each bird takes 16-20 weeks from hatch to reach Point of lay. 


Prices shown on pages are NOT an indicator of availability.

 

Large fowl are considerably larger then their bantam or miniature counterparts. Suitable in small numbers for small gardens, or as productive animals in larger gardens or small holdings, these versatile birds can be beautiful garden ornaments and pets or highly productive in terms of meat, eggs or both. The larger egg size makes the eggs more useful for recipes.

Large fowl come in several categories (as do bantams):

Soft feather heavy- such as Orpingtons, Sussex, Faverolles etc.. Large thick set, heavy birds often with loose or profuse feathering. Their productive uses are often dual purpose (eggs and meat), but some breeds are also excellent layers and others were used solely for meat. Nowadays most meat birds are commercial hybrids such as Ross cobs or Hubbards which have been bred to grow faster and bigger then traditional breeds.  They make much better pets than Light breeds (see below) due to a much calmer nature.

 

Soft feather light: Leghorns, Minorcas etc... Much lighter built birds with tighter, less fluffy feathering, not half as heavy as most of the soft feather heavies. These birds are often prolific layers but are not really used for meat. They can often fly quite well so either a covered pen or wing clipping (trimming the feathers on one wing to unbalance the bird) is advised. 

 

They also come in hard feather varieties, which are game type birds, such as indian game, Old english game etc...  And some breeds also fall under the rare breeds category. 

 

Click on the links above to see our different breeds of Large fowl.