aka Mooney or Coral

The "crowning" feature of a Redcap
Photo courtesy of Robert Stephenson

Developed long ago in the Derbyshire area of Britain, this is one of the truly English breeds of fowl. It probably contains the blood of Golden Spangled Hamburgs, Old English Pheasant Fowl, and BBR Games. Redcap bantams were first shown around 1950.

Redcaps are larger than Hamburgs, a good cock weighing in at around 7 1/2 pounds. The comb which gained them their name, is large, by English standards about 3 1/4 inches long by 2 3/4 inches wide. It should be covered by spikes of approximately equal length. The ear lobes are red.

A very hardy breed which does much better on range than in confinement, the Redcap is a reasonable table bird. It is also a nonsitter which lays a fair number of large white eggs.

Redcap chicks are mahogany colored with a dark stripe. The cocks don't attain their full glory until 3 years of age.

Breed clubs:

The Derbyshire Redcap Club
John Taylor
Gallantry House, Stoke Heath
Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 2JT
phone: 07979 498282 email:

Redcap Links:

An SPPA page on the Redcap

Derbyshire Redcaps in North America on Facebook

And another SPPA article on Pheasant Fowl, Hamburgs and Redcaps

Derbyshire Redcaps are available at Durham Hens.

A Redcap male from Britain
Photo courtesy of Robert Stephenson

A not-terribly-good Redcap male

Raymond's Redcap pair, "Norman" and "Motherlove"
Photo courtesy of Raymoned Coward

Another shot of "Motherlove"
Photo courtesy of Raymoned Coward

The head of a Redcap male from the UK
Photo courtesy of Helena Gardner

A Redcap male from Germany
Photo courtesy of Nikolai Ahlbrecht

Another Red Cap head shot
Photo courtesy of Robert Stephenson

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