At present Norfolk Grey's do not have their own breed club and are classified as a rare breed by the Poultry Club of Great Britain
and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust
The following extracts has been taken from 'The Feathered World Yearbook' of 1927 from an article written by Mr Thomas Leyson a well respected breeder and exhibitor of the Norfolk Grey in the early years of the breeds creation.
I feel that a more able pen than mine is needed to do justice to this fine breed, yet I am delighted at the chance of doing what I can to help and only hope that these notes will be of interest to both old hands and new and cause at least a few to give the variety a trial.
The colouring of the bird is black and silver, one of the most striking combinations in the world, and few breeds can equal them in beauty and plumage. Add to this the graceful and alert carriage, glorious, full, dark and bold eyes and sterling utility qualities, and you have the reasons - good reasons too for their fast growing popularity.
I have kept most of the known breeds of poultry and find the Norfolks equal to any. For the small fancier they are ideal, as competition is very open and new breeders coming in now stand an excellent chance of going quickly to the top of the tree.
These days there seems to be a craze in the fancy and in utility circles too - foreign breeds. But I am glad to say that the Norfolk Grey is British throughout and I would urge all breeders in these times of financial stress to keep their money at home or in the words of a famous British motor-car manufacturer:
"Buy British and be proud of it!"
During the past 5 years we have experienced some exciting developments as Norfolk Greys were hatched and are now being bred in Belgium, Croatia, France, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and in the United States of America, these exciting developments can only bode well for the breed's survival in the future.
In the USA 4 chicks managed to hatch out of eggs imported from England in 2014. The birds developed well and were put into their breeding pens. In January 2016 the second year of Norfolk Grey chicks 'made' in the USA were hatched and hopefully there will be many more in the months and years to come. Meanwhile in Belgium the first of many chicks were hatched which bodes well for the breed to increase in Europe.
In 2015 more history was made for the breed, when the 1st Norfolk Grey to be shown in Ireland, was placed 3rd in the AOV large rare breed class at the Irish National Championships. Also, a Norfolk Grey Pair was shown and awarded 1st place at the 2015 Irish Poultry Keepers Show 2015. Several other breeders have now received and are hatching eggs in Ireland so we hope to add their contact details to the website Breeders List within the near future.
At The 2015 Vale of Glamorgan Show the first standard bred Norfolk Grey Bantam was shown for the first time. In the Rare Breeds class 24 bantams and 17 large fowl exhibits were presented for exhibition with the Norfolk Grey bantam pullet firstly winning her Any Variety Bantam class, she then secured Best Rare Breed to take her place on Championship Row. The little pullet was selected by the judges Mr Rodney Wood and Mr Jed Dwight as the Supreme Show Champion over 300 other exhibits. Possibly this was a small recorded moment in the history for the Norfolk Grey. Also worth noting there was 7 large fowl and 2 bantam Norfolk Greys on show. Both a large male and a large female won the Large Rare classes. Triple success for the breed!
Over the past few years there has been a revival of the breed probably due to the increased promotion of these stunning birds via social media, published articles and this website. Norfolk Grey breeders now have 2 Facebook Groups where we discuss and post photographs of our birds. Several photographs and a caption competition have been staged to encourage keepers to show off their birds online.
This website has attracted alot of new keepers and interest in the breed from all over the world. The Breeders List on this site has also enabled newcomers and those looking to improve their bloodlines to source hatching eggs and youngstock more easily.
November 2015 saw proactive breeders
celebrate 90 years since the breed was first registered with the Poultry
Club under its current name of The Norfolk Grey. 43 birds were
exhibited in the Norfolk Grey Male, Female, Rare Soft feather heavy
bantam, Utility and Trio Classes. There was also Norfolk Grey eggs ,
decorated eggs and a photograph of a Norfolk Grey entered in this
National Competition. The birds and the exhibitors made history, as
this was the biggest gathering and exhibition of Norfolk Greys since the
breeds creation. Every Norfolk Grey exhibit was awarded a commemorative
rosette in celebration of the 90th Anniversary. Anniversary rosettes were donated
by Norfolk Grey Poultry at the National Championships and the Federation of Poultry Clubs
At the Poultry Club of Great Britain National Championships in December 2017 breed history was made when a large male bred and exhibited by Sarah Brouard won Champion Norfolk Grey and Best Rare Softfeather, Sarah took the National Championship trophy back to her home in Guernsey. Hopefully this will increase the breeds popularity in the Channel Islands. Best opposite sex went to Mathew Roynon of South Wales with his Pullet.
Two weeks later at the Federation of Poultry Clubs National Championship show more history was created with a hen bred and shown by Eleanor Russell from Ireland won Champion Norfolk Grey and Best Rare Softfeather. Eleanor also took Best Opposite Sex with her homebred male. Eleanor has over the past few years been proactive promoting the Norfolk Grey in Ireland and we now have several breeders on the Emerald Island.
PCGB National Champion 2017
Bred and exhibited by Sarah Brouard from Guernsey
PCGB National Championships Best Opposite Sex
Bred and exhibited by Mathew Roynon
Federation of Poultry Clubs Champion 2017
Bred and exhibited by Eleanor Russell from Ireland
Federation of Poultry Clubs Best Opposite Sex 2017
Bred and exhibited by Eleanor Russell from Ireland