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|Other names||Scotch Grey, Shepherd's Plaid, Chick Marley|
|Country of origin||Scotland|
|Weight||Male: 7 pounds (3.2 kilos)|
|Female: 5 pounds (2.25 kilos)|
Gallus gallus domesticus
The Scots Grey, originally titled the Scotch Grey, is a breed of chicken originating in Scotland. It is so named because of its striped plumage, which is called either Barred or Cuckoo by poultry enthusiasts. 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-gray base. It can also be sexually differentiated based on color of the adult birds, as hens usually have a noticeably darker hue. Scots Grey are relatively heavy chickens, with hens weighing 5 pounds (2.25 kilos), and roosters weighing 7 pounds (3.2 kilos).
A bantam form also exists, with males weighing 620-680g (22-24 oz)and females 510-570g (18-20 oz)
In body type, Scots Grey are tall, upright chickens. Though they share a place of origin and often color with the Scots Dumpy, this height 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.
They are believed to originate from the Lanarkshire area in Southern-Scotland. Scots Grey have been known in their country 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.
- Jeremy Hobson and Celia Lewis. Choosing & Raising Chickens: The complete guide to breeds and welfare. David & Charles publishing. London. 2009
- "Scots Grey Chickens". Scots Grey Chickens. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Graham, Chris (2006). Choosing and Keeping Chickens. 2-4 Heron Quays London E14 4JP: Octopus Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7938-0601-0.
- "Scots Greys". feathersite.com. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
- "Watchlist". rbst.org.uk. Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
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