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One of Britain's oldest 'dual-purpose' chicken breeds, and now under threat of extinction. Their plumage is a rich red-brown with a black fringe and tip to the feathers. Redcaps have lead-coloured legs and feet and are free from foot feathering. Hen's can produce 150-200 white eggs a year, while the meat is white, and has a flavour similar to game birds. A breeders club operates at 161 Station Road, Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7EE. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'