Norfolk Grey

 

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Norfolk Grey

 

We only have one Norfolk Grey hen, Akira. Although when she first came, before we deciced to have a set letter for names each year, we called her Mikoto, and although we changed the names for all the others Mikoto has somehow stuck. Of all the hens she is probably our closest to a pet. The eggs of the Brown Marsh Daisy are generally too small to sell but they are fine for our needs, everyone else lays good clean eggs. Mikoto poops on nearly every egg she lays, making them unsellable, and regularly has ridged eggs. We've tried increasing her oyster shell and decreasing but she still lays ridged. She is the bottom of the pecking order and I think it is days where the others give her a shock that it happens. She is quite a character in her own right always running up to you to see if you have more corn and cocking her head to get a good look. She is a stunning looking bird as well, at least to me. Something about her is just a bit more beautiful than the rest. So despite her poor egg laying she is firmly staying with us.

 

The Norfolk Grey is a British rare breed and you can read more about them on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust website. The breed was originally called Black Marias, when it was created in the early 1910s, it was changed to Norfolk Grey to be a bit more appealing. Despite being a very friendly breed that produces a decent very light brown egg and does very well foraging for feed it never really caught on. At one point there were only 4 known Norfolk Grey chickens alive and the population has been brought back from these.

 

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