Redcap chickens

More than just a compelling preservation case

Redcap chickens are listed as "critical" by The Livestock Conservancy, a rating that is defined as "Fewer than 500 breeding birds in the United States, with five or fewer primary breeding flocks (50 birds or more), and estimated global population less than 1,000." According to the 2015 poultry census, the Redcaps numbered around 250 breeding birds. That number has fallen since the 2015 census.

We are hoping that the recent interest from The Livestock Conservancy and McMurray hatchery (as well as scores of individuals) can be enough to save this bird. At one point in 2020/2021 there was probably less than 100 of these birds remaining.

If you need more background info on Redcaps, read here.

We have farm pickup on hatching eggs, chicks and sexed juveniles. Adult roosters are usually available and hens occasionally. Zipcode is 75423 if you want to check the distance. Scroll down for more info.

American and British versions

The  American Poultry Association recognized the Redcap as a breed in 1888 and created the "standard of perfection" for it.

The Derbyshire Redcap's (or Coral) breed standard is defined by British Poultry Standards with the Poultry Club of Great Britain (PCGB). ​

The APA and the PCGB standards differ for these birds in several instances - weight, color of ear(lobe) and more.

The exact breeds that contributed to the creation of the Redcap are unknown, but Golden Spangled Hamburgs, Dorkings, Old English Pheasant Fowl and Black-Breasted Red Games may have been involved. The breed is also very similar in conformation to now-extinct chickens such as the Yorkshire Pheasant and the Lancashire Moonie.

The Derbyshire Redcap is found only in the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia at this time - a few folks are attempting to import Derbyshire Redcap hatching eggs and/or birds from the UK. The Redcap and Derbyshire Redcap were already taking different paths as far back as 1915 (see article below). Since no Derbyshire Redcaps have been imported since the 1800's, we have the "American" Redcap in its unique, yet similar form.

Our improvement goals are to keep the American version of the Redcap a reliable farm bird while moving closer to the APA breed standard, especially regarding weight. We have raised these birds since 2015. Our flock was originally a combination of chicks from Ideal Poultry in Cameron, Tx. and Murray McMurray Hatchery in Iowa. We are members of The Livestock Conservancy and have lent our experience to their collective thoughts and anecdotal information on this bird. As a benefactor for these heritage chickens, we will push them forward to the best of our ability and hope others will take up the task with us. If Redcaps are not for you, research the other poultry and farm animals in need of preservation at

Hatching eggs

Redcap hatching eggs are $3.00 each.

Our hatching eggs are intended for conservation breeders of the APA Redcap chickens. We are accepting orders for our 2022 waiting list. Please send us an email if you want to be notified of available eggs- include basic info in the the email (how many, timeline, dates not available,etc.) Farm pickup only at this time. is our email address.

We do not offer any guarantee on hatch rate. We do not refund the cost of eggs or replace eggs that you could not hatch. We have no control over how you incubate eggs and offer no guarantees. We hatch here at the farm with an 80 to 85 percent hatch rate in the incubator. Eggs shipped 4 states away have hatched at 65 percent.