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Potters Pure Breeds 


The majestic Brahma is an old breed with its roots far back in time; as with many heritage breeds, the exact genetic makeup of this bird is unknown. Historians have reconstructed the likely origins of this noble bird from clues left in the poultry books and journals of the 1800s.

Famed for its size and known as King of ‘Chickens’, it’s a docile, calm bird that is a both used for meat, and egg laying. They are sedate birds with broad, deep bodies, full breast and long powerful, orange or brilliant yellow legs and feet covered with abundant soft feathers which produces lovely big floppy feet. The head is small for such a large bird and the face is smooth and free from feathers with large, prominent eyes, short strong beak and a triple or pea comb and small wattles. The brow is broad which produces heavy eyebrows. 

Brahmas are very large, stately, docile birds who make good reliable broodies which can cover a large number of eggs due to their size. The eggs are small and low in number but chicks hatch strongly and grow quickly. Their feathering is beautiful and they are very elegant birds. 

They will happily stay behind 2-3 foot fencing and prefer dry conditions because of their foot feathering they can develop mud balls (or fecal balls) on their toes. If this is not removed, the loss of nails or the tips of the toes may result. 

They are slow maturing and take two years to reach maturity. They are trusting birds and are easy to tame. 

Because of their size, they do take up a lot of space but they do not fly and can be let out to roam happily in the garden. Hens don't start to lay until they are around six or seven months old and the eggs are as small as those of the larger miniature breeds. 

They do continue laying throughout the winter unlike some pure breeds. Their profuse feathering makes them very good at withstanding cold winter weather. 

They are tolerant towards other breeds so can be kept together with other varieties without any problems and can even be submissive towards others despite their large size. Even the cockerels will tolerate each other. They make very little noise and even the cockerels do not crow particularly loudly. 

Purpose - Dual Eggs & Meat

Eggs - 150
Size - Large
Egg Colour - Brown

Buff Orpington - 

Today, the Buff Orpington is one of the world’s most popular breeds. 

A heritage chicken, it was even the favourite breed of Queen Elizabeth! 

A much loved, beautiful bird with personality. 

Originated in Orpington, Kent, in the late 1800's. .  

It is a docile chicken breed, the Buff Orpington is known as the friendliest and calmest of all the Orpington varieties.

A calm, stately chicken, it glides around its garden in search for food. It enjoys being held and likes the attention of humans.
With fantastic feathering, this chicken is absolutely lovely to behold. 
It moves in a gentle gliding motion, offering a sophisticated and classy air to your entire chicken run. 

It will even let you know when it’s ready for some loving,

 emitting soft little cries to encourage you to pick it up!

Good winter hardiness.

Dual-purpose - meat/eggs
Eggs per year - 190
Egg Size - Large
 Egg Colour - Light brown


The Pekin is a small bantam, originally from China. . 
Loving and really quite docile, these comical little chickens are perfect for beginners. 
The Pekin is probably the most colourful of all the chicken breeds and are well known to have feathering about their feet and legs.

The first Pekins are said to have been stolen from a private collection held by the emperor of China in Peking around 1860. Another story states they were imported from China around 1830-1840 and were presented to Queen Victoria. These imported birds were then crossed with other breeds and are now know today as Pekin Bantams.

The Pekin is a very gentle bird. They are good layers of small eggs but are broody, making them great mothers. 
They make excellent pets for children as they are tame. They settle very well and require little space. 
Pekins can look rather pale and anaemic if not allowed on grass to forage. They tend not to scratch around in flower beds so are good birds to keep in an urban garden. They are normally a robust and long-lived bird that loves company.
Pekins are a very popular breed here in the UK. 
They are available in a whole range of colours. Lavender, blue, silver partridge, red partridge, blue mottled, Columbian, cuckoo, mottled, buff, black, white and wheaten. 
With all their feathers they actually look larger than they really are. 

Egg Size - Small
Egg Colour - Brown


The Cochin is a breed of large domestic chicken. It derives from large feather-legged chickens brought from China to Europe and North America in the 1840s and 1850s. It is reared principally for exhibition. It was formerly known as Cochin-China. 

It is doubtful that any other single breed of chicken has inspired more people to keep poultry as a hobby or fancy. When the Cochin chicken made its debut outside of China it was met with astonishment, wonder, and awe. 

Cochins are gigantic with an abundance of feathers and calm disposition. Together with the Brahma chicken, the Cochin fueled what became known as “hen fever” a national obsession for all things poultry that overtook America and England around 1850.

The Cochins rounded appearance unfortunately affects its health as the birds tend to suffer from metabolism and heart problems which is compounded by their rather lazy lifestyle. They like to be kept on short grass and will not venture onto longer vegetation as this damages the feathers on their feet. 
They take up remarkably little room and like to be contained with fencing but avoid putting them onto cold, wet grass as youngsters. The profuse leg and foot feathering means that it is best to confine Cochins on wet days when mud becomes a problem and can cause balls of mud to collect under their feet. 
They do not fly and a 2 foot fence is sufficient to keep them contained. They make excellent broodies because of their calm, maternal nature. They lay quite large eggs but don't produce many over the year. The chicks are strong when they hatch but take 22 days rather than the usual 21 to emerge. 
Cochins are friendly, docile chickens and tend to be submissive when kept with more aggressive breeds. 
They require good quality feed and mature in two years. 
They make remarkably good pets and a pet Cochin should live between 8-10 years.

Eggs - 160
Egg Size - Medium
Egg Colour - Light brown

Cream Leg Bar


Cream Legbar rare breed hens originate from Britain. 

They are a very alert and sprightly chickens and lay approximately 180 

Blue, Green or Olive shaded eggs per year.

They are very productive layers.

This breed of chicken is known as an auto-sexing type. The male Cream Legbar have a distinct pale dot on their head and the females have a dark brown or black stripe on their heads which will carry on continuing down the body. Both types have a yellow beak with either red or orange eyes and yellow feet.

The Cream Legbar is a chicken that enjoys foraging, so if you can provide them with an area to roam so much the better. Although they can tolerate confinement. 

They appear to be a healthy breed of bird with little in the way of problems. 

The crest should be carefully checked for lice as birds with ‘headgear’ have a tendency to collect them.

 Main purpose - Eggs
Eggs - 180
Egg Size - Medium
Egg Colour - Blue, Green, Olive, White

When collecting your chickens please bring a suitable carrier to take them home in. 

A cat carrier, dog crate (with a blanket over the top) or a cardboard box would be perfect.

Please ensure that the carrier is secure and ventilated,

 ideally with some shavings or straw to keep the chickens clean and happy on the journey home.  

If your cardboard box does not have any holes, we will make some for you. 

We also have some cardboard boxes available 

if you forget or don’t have an available carrier - we won't ever charge you for boxes!

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