Scots Dumpy Hen

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  • This are not available for eating due to scarcity. If you would like to keep hens, they could be perfect for you.

    This ancient landrace breed existed over 700 years ago.  It has a large, low heavy body. There is no set colour for the Scots Dumpy, although black with glossy green, or cuckoo feathering is the most common. The breed also has a bantam form.

    The Dumpy is best known for its short legs that produce a waddling gait. The breed almost disappeared but thanks to a dedicated group of Scottish breeders in the 1970s, it was brought back from near extinction however it remains an endangered breed.

    The Scots Dumpy is a dual-purpose utility breed. It is docile by nature and suited to being kept on a smallholding or a back garden. The hen is a good layer yielding up to 180 white or tinted eggs per year.

    photo : Wendy Barrie

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