The Derbyshire Redcap is classed as a light fowl, and was particularly popular around the southern Pennines until the mid 1900s. They are currently on the At Risk list of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, along with the Sussex chickens and Pilgrim geese we keep here. The Redcaps we have access to are bred by neighbours three fields away, the same neighbour that keeps a flock of Rhode Island Red chickens and West of England geese.
Redcaps are excellent free-range birds – quite flighty and loathe to be penned in. They will happily sit on the top post of a four foot stock fence, despite their wings having been clipped. Their name comes about from their amazing single rose comb, resembling a rather natty and pointy cap. They were bred as a dual purpose egg/meat bird, and are especially hardy – unsurprising considering their native wet and wind-swept lands.
If you are interested in keeping Redcaps, please do get in touch to find out if there are any available.