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Norfolk grey chicken

Gallus gallus domestic Norfolk grey

Norfolk grey chicken

The Norfolk grey is a breed of chicken that originated in the city of Norwich, in Norfolk, England. They were created by Fred Myhill, before the First World War, as utility birds under the name ‘Black Marias’. The name was eventually changed to Norfolk grey.

The Norfolk grey is an active foraging breed which is docile, hardy and friendly.

Animal class


Diet - Herbivore
Norfolk greys can find food anywhere but they like to eat seeds, nuts, grass and leaves.

The average Norfolk grey chicken can be up to 60 centimetres long and weigh up to 3 kilograms.

Norfolk grey chickens originate from farmland near the city of Norwich, in Norfolk.

Conservation status
The Norfolk grey chicken is a rare breed and almost disappeared in the 1970’s.

The main threat to this species of chicken is the fast-paced meat industry.

Current population
The population is unknown but the Norfolk grey chicken is in abundance in farmland.

Zoo population
Belfast Zoo is currently the only zoo that is home to Norfolk grey chickens.