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Current Standard for the Rare Breed Norfolk Grey

The first British poultry standards were devised in 1865 to enable a breed to be uniformly recognised in appearance. The Poultry Club of Great Britain is the guardian of all the poultry standards in this country, but the standards are delineated by the specialist breed clubs.

 

The Norfolk Grey has no breed club so the standard for the Norfolk Grey is administered by The Rare Poultry Society who has done much to save the Norfolk Grey and other rare poultry breeds in Great Britain from becoming extinct.

 

 

The Norfolk Grey is classified as a: Soft feather, Heavy, Rare Breed.

The females by their standard are required to lay a ‘tinted’ coloured egg.

 

If you are considering exhibiting your Norfolk Greys the scale of points that are published in the standard, are there to assist the judge who will mark the bird out of 100 points.  Points are deducted for any defects found in the following:

 Scale of Points

 Male

 Female

Colour and markings:  Hackles

 20

 15

Colour and markings:  Back and Wings

 10

 15

Colour and markings: Breast, Thighs and Fluff

 15

 15

Type and Size

 20

 20

Head (Comb and Lobes 10, Eyes 5)

 15

 15

Legs and Feet

 5

 5

Condition

 10

 10

Tail

 5

 5

 =100 points

 =100 points

The General Characteristics of the MALE Norfolk Grey

 

 

Carriage:          Fairly upright and very active
Type:               Body rather long, broad at shoulders. Full, round breast carried upwards. Large wings well tucked up. Well feathered tail.
Head:               Skull fine. Beak short and well curved. Eyes large and bold. Comb single, upright, of medium size, well serrated and with a firm base.    
                       Face smooth and fine.  Earlobes small and oval. Wattles long and fine.
Neck:               Of medium length, abundantly covered with hackle.
Legs and Feet:  Fairly short and set well back. Shanks free from feathers. Four toes, well spread.
Plumage:          Close.
Colour:             Neck, back, saddle, shoulder coverts and wing bars silver-white. The hackles with black striping, free from smuttiness. Remainder a solid black.
Weight:            Large Fowl: 3.20 - 3.60kg (7 - 8lb)      Bantam 900g (32 ozs)

The General Characteristics of the FEMALE Norfolk Grey

 The general characteristics of the female are similar to those of the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences

 Colour:            Hackle similar to that of the male. Remainder black. The throat very delicately laced with silver - about 5cm (2 inches) only.
 Weight:           Large fowl:  2.25 -2.70 kg  (5 - 6lb)      Bantam 680g (24 ozs)

 General Characteristics of both the Male and Female Norfolk Grey

 Beak horn. Eyes dark. Comb, face, earlobes and wattles red. Legs and feet black or slate - black, black prefered.

 Serious Defects in both the Male and Female Norfolk Grey

 White in the ear lobes. Comb other than single or obstructing the sight. Legs other than black or slate-black. Feathers on shanks or feet.  Lacing or shaftiness on back, breast or wings of females.