Scots Grey / Scotch Grey
The Scots Grey, originally named the Scotch Grey, is a breed of chicken originating in Scotland.
Scots Grey get their name from its striped plumage, which is called either Barred or Cuckoo.
Though superficially similar to breeds such as the Cuckoo Marans and Barred Plymouth Rock, the Scots Grey's feathers have a less distinct pattern with a steel-grey base.
Males and females can be differentiated based on the colour of the adult birds, as hens usually have a noticeably darker hue. Scots Grey are relatively heavy chickens, with hens weighing 7-9 pounds (3.2-4 kilos), and roosters weighing 9-11 pounds (4-5 kilos).
Scots Grey share their country of origin and often colour with the Scots Dumpy. However the tall upright body type of the Scots Grey can be used to set the two apart.
Scots Grey have white skin, a single comb, and red earlobes.
They are considered to be dual-purpose, laying both a good amount of white eggs and producing wholesome meat.
In temperament, they are active birds that do best under free range conditions, and may develop destructive habits when confined. They are hardy, and can forage well.
Hens are not generally inclined to go broody.
Scots Grey have been known in Scotland since the 16th century, and were developed as barnyard fowl for small farms and crofts.
Breeds which are thought to have influenced their development include Dorkings and Malays. Though they have been popular among poultry fanciers for exhibition, and have their own breed club, they are classed as an endangered breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.