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Scots Dumpy

A breed of chicken, native to Scotland, and recorded as early as 1678. It is sometimes known as the 'Bakie', 'Crawler' or 'Creeper'.

The plumage of the bird can be cuckoo, white, brown, gold or silver - but black is the most common. Both sexes have a medium single comb, which is red in colour. Black birds have a slate-black beak, legs and feet - while in others they are white. They have a long, large, deep body, but extremely short legs. Male birds weigh around 3kg and females 2.5kg. the hens are good layers, producing white medium-sized eggs.

Scots Dumpy's are now listed as 'vulnerable' by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust, and have their own society, this can be contacted at - Tower Fields, Tusmore Road, Souldern, Nr. Bicester, Oxforsshire, OX6 9HY. Tel: 01869-346554. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'

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