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 a major hatchery (as well as scores of individuals) can be enough to save this bird.

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

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 name Redcap, Coral and Derbyshire Redcap are often used by breeders in the United States in reference to "American" Redcaps. Obviously what we in the States call a Redcap, did have her origins in the Derbyshire Redcap (or Coral), but after centuries of isolated breeding here, the American influenced version of the Derbyshire/Coral is unique.

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. Sand Hill Preservation in Iowa is another option for chicks. The Livestock Conservancy may also have a list of breeders. 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

Donation link below for Redcap preservation - If you can't raise Redcaps,

you can help us sustain the cost of preserving them. Donate here.

Hatching eggs for 2021

Our hatching eggs are intended for conservation breeders of Redcap chickens. We are accepting orders for our waiting list. We are currently booked for several months in advance. Please email us if you are concerned about the Redcap population and would like to be on the list to help them. The Livestock Conservancy has some great information on how to select breeders when dealing with rare breeds.

We also plan on hatching eggs and having chicks and juveniles available. They are farm pickup only at this time. If this is your preferred (or only) means of starting a Redcap flock, we need to hear from those who are willing to drive to pickup live birds. 

Scroll down for payment link and important breed, shipping and hatching information. If you have not hatched shipped eggs before, please review our 'incubating shipped eggs' page prior to ordering. Following these tips will give the eggs the best chance of hatching.

We offer no guarantee on hatchability. Please read the info on this page prior to ordering.

Order Here:

6 eggs - $24.00

12 eggs - $48.00

18 eggs- $72.00

If you require a custom number of eggs, please contact us for an invoice.

Shipping cost for up to 18 eggs -

USPS Priority mail TX, OK,NM,AR,LA - $12.00

AZ, CO, KS, MO, MS - $ 14.00

AL, TN, KY, IL, IA, NE, WY - $ 16.00

All Other states (no HI or AK) $18.00

We ship U S Postal Service Priority Mail. You can specify to ship to your address or have the eggs held at your local post office, if eggs are damaged, you must present them to the post office to start a claim.

Eggs are shipped with a copy of our current Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory Pullorum-Typhoid Testing Certificate.

Shipped eggs are shaken up during transit and can be difficult to hatch due to air cells being separated and should NOT be incubated like non-shipped eggs. If you want the best hatch from your eggs, click here to go to our "incubating shipped eggs page".

U.S. Post Office Claims for Damage -

We require your assistance if a claim needs to be made for broken or cracked eggs !

You must inspect for damaged eggs upon arrival. You can file a claim with the post office for damages should the eggs be broken. You must present the box, packaging and contents at your local post office to file a claim, unless the post office accepts an on-line claim, with photos you supply.