REDRUTH POULTRY​
Penstruthal Redruth just off Buller hill TR16 6TE​

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BREEDS OF CHICKENS WE SELL
Chickens come in all shapes, sizes and nearly every colour of the rainbow, so choosing the perfect poultry can be a tricky thing to do. When deciding, you should ask yourself the fundamental question, what are you looking for in a bird? If it is eggs (and lots of them) then it’s probably best to start with a hybrid. If it’s for exhibiting or as a pet, than perhaps one of the more unusual Polands or docile Pekins would be best for you. Or if the lawn and flowerbeds are your pride and joy, breeds such as a Brahma which are less likely to dig due to their voluptuous pantaloons might be the hen for you.                                                            

Pure Breeds are chickens which fulfil a list of features specific to that bird. The best way to thinkabout Pure Breeds in chickens is the same as a you would Pure Breed dog.   Hybrids are the more commonly known of chickens. Typically more robust, hybrids are a great option if you are new to chicken keeping as they are often more docile, excellent egg producers and rarely do they go broody.
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    The White Leghorn chickens are very active birds and will be found most of the time scratching the wet soil and flower beds during most the day. The White leghorn chicken are good hunters for bugs and worms. If you find a dunghill or a flower plant base scratched, the credit goes to the Leghorns. They don’t eat much and are splendid foragers. They can withstand cold climates while still laying eggs. White leghorn chickens are highly fertile and show a prolific existence in groups. When it comes to laying eggs, White leghorn chickens succeed their ancestors i.e. they lay numerous white eggs. In fact, it’s their egg laying capacity makes them more competitive to other chicken breeds and valuable for the amount they lay. The young chicks are very easy to raise and they feather quickly. They are adaptive to almost all soil types. They need to be exposed to an area of wet and muddy soil, just to follow their genetic instincts also scratching. Otherwise, a portion of the poultry shed can be made up of soils for their scratching purpose. The White leghorn chicken won their heart of farmers by its sprite carriage, long curves and long flowing tail and egg laying. The White Leghorn Chicken may have single or rose comb. The Roosters weigh around 4 to 6 lbs (1.8 to 2.7 kg) and the females 3 to 5 lbs (1.3 to 2.2 kg). The females can lay 150 – 300 eggs annually. The White leghorn chicken have a good feed-to-egg conversion ratio, needing around 125 grams or .04 ounces per day of feed. They start laying at 4 1/2 to 5 months, and will continue laying 10 to 12 weeks longer than most good layers. The eggs are white in colour, medium to large.
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    These large hens are a very popular choice for back garden chicken keepers. Their striking appearance of pure white plumage with black neck feathers, tail feathers and wing tips, makes them a delightful addition to any flock. They are hardy, friendly birds that can be tamed and are easy to handle. They often like to be at the top of the pecking order.
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    This hybrid is slightly larger than average and is a very attractive bird which varies from light to dark grey with almost a hint of blue in the plumage. The cross is normally a Maran with a Rhode Island Red. They lay dark brown eggs The blue-slate coloured Bluebells are one of the biggest of the hybrids and also one of the most popular. They are derived from various types of Marans Coucou and Rhode Island Red. They can come in light slate grey or darker grey shades. They have a large red comb and black feet. They lay a light brown egg (average 63 grams). Bluebells housed in optimium conditions can lay up to 260 eggs in their first laying year. Adult Bluebell hens reach about 2.6kg. They also develop quickly and even a 14 week old pullet will be a good size compared to other hybrids.
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    Cream Legbars an an auto-sexing breed. When chicks hatch, females have very distinct dark and light stripes down their body whereas males are lighter all over with a distinct yellow spot on their heads. This allows breeders to be more efficient and not raise unwanted males.
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    Welsummer £15 Originally from the village of Welsummer in the Netherlands this bird comes in both a bantam or a large fowl. Technically it is a light breed however it is a good sized bird that is a good forager and loves free ranging. The hen is friendly and easily handled and if desired, can be kept in confinement. The hens do go broody however do not make good mothers. The chicks of this breed are autosexing. It lays large dark eggs, around 160 a year, some can be mottled with brown spots.
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    The Black Rock are mainly black birds with orange/gold markings around their necks and down their breasts. They can vary a lot in colour some being almost black and others having a lot of gold all over their body. These birds are a breed of birds, the Their rich plumage protects them from all weather conditions making them hardy and very good for free range conditions. This, together with their highly developed natural immune system means they have the potential to have a long productive life. They lay 280+ top quality large brown eggs in the first year and the quality of the egg(shell and colour) stays consistent throughout their life. They are very docile and not easily stressed. Overall a good all round hardy bird ideal for free ranging.
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    This breed was developed in France in the mid 1800's in the town for which it bears its name, Marans. They had made their way to England in the early 1900's and quickly became very popular for their very dark (chocolate) brown eggs - a trait they are still known for today. These beautiful birds were first exhibited in 1929 in Paris by the Poultry Breeders Society of France and since then have gradually made themselves popular in various countries around the world. We carry the CUCKOO variety of Maran which resembles the Barred Rock in color by displaying feathers which are all crossed throughout with irregular dark and light slate colored bars. Maran's lay the darkest eggs of any breed we carry and are a nice dual purpose bird for both eggs and meat.
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    Welsummer £15 Originally from the village of Welsummer in the Netherlands this bird comes in both a bantam or a large fowl. Technically it is a light breed however it is a good sized bird that is a good forager and loves free ranging. The hen is friendly and easily handled and if desired, can be kept in confinement. The hens do go broody however do not make good mothers. The chicks of this breed are autosexing. It lays large dark eggs, around 160 a year, some can be mottled with brown spots.
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    The Plymouth Rock is one of the best all-rounder chickens you’re likely to find. Its a prolific egg-layer, it’s great as a table bird, and it’s a fantastic backyard chicken for families. Find out all you could ever want to know about the Plymouth Rock chicken with our comprehensive guide! Lifespan The lifespan of the Plymouth Rock depends on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. A standard Barred Plymouth Rock will generally live for approximately 6-8 years, but have been known to reach 10-12 years. Class Plymouth Rock’s are classed as a ‘dual purpose’ breed, meaning they are good for both egg production and as a meat bird. The Barred Plymouth Rock is a common breed at reruthpoultry & found all over the world. They are eggs-tremely popular because of their sweet nature and productive egg-laying. History The Plymouth Rock was introduced in the late 1900s, and was named after the town of its origin – Plymouth! The breed quickly rose in popularity across America because of their great egg-laying capabilities, and the fact that they are also good table birds. At one point in time they were among the most common chicken breeds In the 1950’s, when factory farming and commercial chicken production was becoming more prevalent, the Plymouth Rock was crossed with a number of other breeds – so true, breed harder to find. Presently, there are many breeders worldwide who focus on pure-breeding Plymouth Rock’s and redruthpoultry is working on bringing the authentic breed back. Fun Facts A very popular farm chicken in the UK don’t need to be confined by large fences Do well in confined areas – another reason why they are the perfect backyard chickens The Plymouth Rock is one of the most popular breed we sell It also produces a large number of large brown eggs, making it a great dual purpose breed. Plymouth Rocks are also commonly used as family backyard pets because they are so lovely in nature we sell P O L Hens £14 each
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    Will need to be kept under heat
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    warren pullet is an orangey brown bird that is seen everywhere. It is the original hybrid. It is a quiet bird with a lot of good qualities. Bred to lay like a machine, commercially it is kept for a period of 12-18 months before it is replaced mainly because its egg quality deteriorates. In normal free range conditions they can continue laying for a number of years. In the second year of lay their egg shell can become thinner, and become misshapen. They will lay up to 320 eggs in its first year. The Warren lays a brown egg. It is a good bird to start with but no easier to keep than any other chicken.
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    History This chicken originates from The Port of Leghorn in Italy and arrived in Britain in the late 1800s in the white form followed by the brown. They have white earlobes and yellow legs and the eye is red in all colours. The females have a double folded comb, a deep abdomen and a whipped tail. The eyes are prominent and the beak is short and stout. Earlobes are well defined and the wattles are long, thin and fine in texture. Their legs are long and featherless with four toes on the feet with a long straight back toe and the feathers on the body are soft and silky. The Leghorns were one of the breeds used to create the modern battery hybrid layer as they are very productive birds and are able to adapt to all conditions. Behaviour Leghorns are prolific layers that rarely go broody and are non-sitters unless left undisturbed. Eggs are white and of good size and are laid throughout the year. Chicks are easy to rear. They feather up quickly, are fast growers and mature quickly. The comb is large so care needs to be taken in cold, frosty weather to avoid frostbite. They can be left to roam freely but are just as happy in a run. They are sprightly, alert birds and can be tamed but not enough to allow handling and prefer to remain rather aloof. They can be rather noisy and will roost in trees given the chance. They are not good as table birds as they aren\'t very meaty. Varieties Black, blue (not laced), brown, buff, cuckoo, golden duckwing, silver duckwing, exchequer, mottled, partridge, pyle and white.
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    COLUMBIAN BlACKTAILS £16.00 each Background: Columbian Blackails are hybrids with a Rhode Island Red father and a hybrid mother of two strains of Light Sussex. They are medium sized hardy birds coping well with the heat of the summer and the mud and rain of winter.  Personality: They are friendly, easy to manage and suit a small garden group or a larger free ranging flock. Appearance: Columbian Blacktails are similar to Goldlines, chestnut coloured with black tips to their tails and black flashes in their wings. Some also have a black necklace and a pretty lacing on their breast feathers.  Eggs: The Columbian Blacktail is a prolific egg layer, rewarding her keeper with 320 to 340 beautiful brown eggs in her first year of lay A traditional hybrid, light Sussex cross rhode island red. It has a golden to dark brown plumage with a black tail and wing tips. It has a friendly nature, being an active forager must be allowed to free range. It will lay 290 brown eggs in the first year with a slightly deeper shell colour than the warrens
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    Stunning looking Hens maran sussex hybrid
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    we sell this breed from day old £10 each
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    Silver Sussex Hens HEN SIZE: Medium/Large COLOUR: Black with varying amounts of white feathers around the head, neck and hackles. Some are almost totally black, others have a lot of white. EGGS: Up to 280 per year EGG COLOUR: Light to mid brown. CHARACTER: Usually nice, friendly hens. RUN REQUIREMENTS: Free range of in a run. ALSO KNOWN AS: Pied Suffolk, Black Pearl, Reverse Sussex, Sussex Rock,
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    The Silver amber hybrid is very robust and especially suited to organic and free range systems Feather colour: white Bird temperament: very docile Average body weight at 20 weeks: 1.600 kg Average body weight at 80 weeks: 2.000 kg to 2.200 kg Age at 50% hen-day production: 140-150 days Hen housed performance to 72 weeks: 300-304 eggs Hen housed performance to 80 weeks: 338-342 eggs Livability at growing period (0-18 weeks): 97-98 % Livability at laying period (18-80 weeks): 94-96 % Feed consumption at growing period: 6.46 kg/bird Feed consumption at laying period: 117-127 g/bird/day Feed conversion: 2.25-2.35 kg/kg Average egg weight to 72 weeks: 62-63 g Egg shell colour: uniform brown Egg shell strength: excellent.
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    Gold lace Dory are our popular coloured egg layer here at Redruth Poultry. the gold lace are a Legbar hybrid which the majority lay a blue / green egg with the remaining producing a pastel coloured egg. We call our Dory 'pot luck' egg layers, it's exciting waiting for your hen to lay her first egg to see what colour it will be.. It could be any of the colours in the picture above, so blue, green, olive, peach, cream.. It's not just the novelty of having a coloured egg layer with the Dorys, it's her appearance that is most eye catching. These quirky hen's have a elegant upright fan tail and tufty hairdo that make them stand out in the flock. Each hen varies slightly, but most are similar to the Legbar with mottled greys and browns. They adapt well to most set ups and are ideal as backgarden hens, free-ranging and smallholding hens. They are a great hen to keep, they have a quirky and funny character and entertain their keepers with their pottering around. They are hardy and with regular attention and hand - taming (treats), reward their keepers with up to 250 POT LUCK (blue/green/pastel)eggs in their first year of lay.
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    Columbian Blacktails are hybrids with a Rhode Island Red father and a hybrid mother of two strains of Light Sussex. They are medium sized hardy birds coping well with the heat of the summer and the mud and rain of winter.  Personality: They are friendly, easy to manage and suit a small garden group or a larger free ranging flock. Appearance: Columbian Blacktails are similar to Goldlines, chestnut coloured with black tips to their tails and black flashes in their wings. Some also have a black necklace and a pretty lacing on their breast feathers.  Eggs: The Columbian Blacktail is a prolific egg layer, rewarding her keeper with 320 to 340 beautiful brown eggs in her first year of lay

The natural life of chickens
Chickens are gregarious birds and live together as a flock with a distinct hierarchy or “pecking order.” They would naturally spend their day foraging for food, scratching the ground looking for insects and seeds.
When a cockerel finds food, he may call the hens to eat it by clucking in a high pitch and picking up and dropping the food. This behaviour can also be seen in mother hens, calling their chicks.
Chickens tend to range widely, using the cover of trees and vegetation for safety from predators.

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The blue-slate coloured Bluebells are one of the biggest of the hybrids and also one of the most popular.  They are derived from various types of Marans Coucou and Rhode Island Red. They can come in light slate grey or darker grey shades. They have a large red comb and black feet.
They lay a light brown egg (average 63 grams). Bluebells housed in optimium conditions can lay up to 260 eggs in their first laying year.
Adult Bluebell hens reach about 2.6kg. They also develop quickly and even a 14 week old pullet will be a good size compared to other hybrids.

Gold Lace Dory are our popular coloured egg layer here at Redruth Poultry.
Dory are a Legbar hybrid which the majority lay a blue / green egg with the remaining producing a pastel coloured egg. We call our Dory's 'pot luck' egg layers, it's exciting waiting for your hen to lay her first egg to see what colour it will be.. It could be any of the colours in the picture above, so blue, green, olive, peach, cream..
It's not just the novelty of having a coloured egg layer with the Dory, it's her appearance that is most eye catching. These quirky hen's have a elegant upright fan tail and tufty hairdo that make them stand out in the flock. Each hen varies slightly, but most are similar to the Legbar with mottled  gold greys and browns.
They adapt well to most set ups and are ideal as backgarden hens, free-ranging and smallholding hens. They are a great hen to keep, they have a quirky and funny character and entertain their keepers with their pottering around. They are hardy and with regular attention and hand - taming (treats), can be tamed.
Dory's reward their keepers with up to 250 POT LUCK (blue/green/pastel)eggs in their first year of lay.

​​​The Black Rock are mainly black birds with orange/gold markings around their necks and down their breasts. They can vary a lot in colour some being almost black and others having a lot of gold all over their body. This breed of birds  have a rich plumage protects them from all weather conditions making them hardy and very good for free range conditions. This, together with their highly developed natural immune system means they have the potential to have a long productive life. They lay 280+ top quality large brown eggs in the first year and the quality of the egg(shell and colour) stays consistant throughout their life. They are very docile and not easily stressed. Overall a good all round hardy bird ideal for free ranging.

The Orpington was originally created in 1886 by William Cook in the village of Orpington in Kent, UK as a dual-purpose utility breed but its popularity as a show bird has removed many of these original utility traits. Over the years they were thought to have been out-crossed to other breeds to increase the amount of feathering that make them look distinctively large. The large size and docile nature of the Orpington has made them a very popular bird to keep. They were even kept and shown by the Queen Mother when she was alive.
[Head of Buff Orpington] There are 4 standardised colours in the UK (Black, Buff, Blue and White) the Buff Orpington is one of the most popular varieties, the Blue and Black Orpington are the largest. They are heavy birds and carry a lot of fluffy feathering. The show strains have feathering that covers their legs, almost to their feet. There are still some utility Orpingtons around that look distinctively different (see photos of Buff Orpingtons for an example) but it is very hard to find strains that will lay more than about 160 eggs per year. These days, White Orpingtons are usually the best layers, some good strains laying up to 200 eggs per year. Orpington Hens usually go broody easily and make very good mothers.