Scots Grey Hen

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Place Category: Food Producers and Slow Food Ark of Taste

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    This is not available for eating due to scarcity but you may wish consider breeding them!

    The Scots Grey is an old breed of domestic chicken originating in Scotland in the sixteenth century.  The chicken has barred feathering of metallic black on a steel grey background.

    It is an excellent forager and was suited to free ranging in farmyards, and on land surrounding crofts and cottages.  The Scots Grey was known as a good utility bird as it was used for eggs and meat in ancient houses, crofts, and farms.

    The bird would be eaten as a boiling fowl, once it had stopped laying.  Free range chickens such as the Scots Grey would form a vital ingredient of ‘Cock-a-leekie soup, once egg production began to tail off.  The slow grown healthy bones of the foraging fowl would help produce a tasty stock. It is currently on the Rare Breed Survival Trust list of native breeds at risk.

    photo : Wendy Barrie

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