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Pure & Rare Breeds

Great for the seasoned keeper

Perfect for a poultry enthusiast

If you are a seasoned poultry keeper and enthusiast, we have a wide variety of rare breed chickens and bantams.
You can’t beat rare breeds for variety of size, colour and character.

Please note –

Our stock is constantly changing; this is a list of what we can hold, not a list of permanent breeds. If you are looking for a particular breed, please call us first to avoid disappointment. We are also able to pre-order in birds if you are looking for a specific breed.

Pekin

Bantam

  • Smooth feathered in various colours with round, fluffy appearance
  • Very docile and tame, placid temperament – great with children
  • With careful, regular handling they will be happy to sit on lap and be stroked and petted
  • Ideal back garden chicken
  • Regularly broody, good sitters

Silkie

Bantam

  • Originate from the Orient
  • Small bird with soft silky feathers
  • Fun, characterful, cheerful, docile, gentle nature. Renowned for their clucky curiosity and mothering instincts
  • Easy to rear
  • 260 eggs a year

Wyandotte

Bantam

  • Miniatures of the large fowl
  • Graceful, alert and active but docile breed
  • Will lay around 200 good sized eggs per year (which you can incubate for breeding)
  • Good egg producers

Rumpless Araucana Bantam

  • Originates from the Araucia Indians of Northern Chile
  • No tail or parson’s nose. Best known for triple pea combs, crests, muffs and beards
  • Docile and gentle, lovely garden hens. Love to free roam but also happy in a garden run
  • Great fliers so wings will have to be clipped if free to roam
  • Lays up to 180 blue eggs a year. Often lay throughout winter.

Faverolles

  • Developed in the 1860s near Faverolles in France
  • They have a beard, muffs, feathered feet and five toes per foot
  • Adapt well to confinement or free range. Thrive in groups with other Faverolles, or docile breeds such as Sussex
  • Excellent layer even in winter months. 160 – 200 Tinted eggs

Frizzle Pekin Bantams

  • Originates from south east Asia
  • Unique appearance because of outward curling feathers
  • Friendly characters who can be tamed easily
  • Work well in pens or free range. Easy to keep and fine as part of a mixed bantam flock
  • Not a big layer and aren’t very good brooders

Polish

Bantams

  • Very special and unique breed of chicken
  • Huge bouffant crest of feathers and v-shaped comb – beautiful birds
  • Quiet, sweet, friendly and docile birds. Tame but their behaviour can be a bit wacky since crest limits vision
  • Egg laying is varied in this breed – some lay well and some very poorly

Buff

Orpington

  • Rare breed
  • Large, soft and fluffy hens
  • Calm and gentle hens that thrive on human attention. Great with children, easy to handle
  • Like to free range. Unable to fly due to size
  • Will lay 150+ light brown eggs a year

Houdans

  • Originally called Normandy Fowl, then named after the French town of Houdan
  • First introduced to England in 1850
  • Huge bouffant crest of feathers and V-shaped comb. Five toes
  • Quiet, friendly and docile birds
  • Egg laying is around 150 large white eggs per year and great winter layers

Cochin

  • Striking birds with beautiful distinct thick, fluffy plumage
  • One of the largest dual-purpose pure breeds, a calm, gentle giant – can make excellent pets, suitable with children
  • Ideal back garden hen. Deals well with cold but needs lots of shade in heat
  • Lay approximately 120-140 medium size tinted eggs per year

Brahma

  • An American breed bought to the UK in 1853 as a gift for Queen Victoria
  • Come in a wide range of colours
  • Docile and trusting breed which makes them great pets and great mothers
  • Cannot fly due to size. Feathered feet must be looked after
  • Can lay up to 150 eggs per year

Devon Olive

  • A lovely rumpless bird with a golden collar and blue feathers
  • A medium sized hen
  • Friendly and docile in nature, so make fantastic back garden pets
  • Can lay up to 180 medium olive coloured eggs per year

Vorwerk

  • Originate from Hamberg in Germany, and were used as utility birds
  • They are great foraging birds
  • They are busy birds but docile and tame in nature
  • Egg laying is around 180 creamy-coloured eggs per year

Sablepoot

  • Sablepoots are a bantam breed
  • A small bird with beautiful markings in a variety of colours and heavily feathered feet
  • A lovely backgarden pet as they are quiet, docile and friendly in nature

Modern Game

  • A striking bird that was first bred in the 1850’s
  • Great show quality Modern Game Birds
  • They are active and curious birds, but tame and could happily be handled
  • Lightly feathered and small
  • They lay small white eggs – approx 50-80 per year

Appenzeller

  • A funky bird originating from Switzerland
  • Mainly kept as an ornamental breed
  • They are happy and friendly in nature
  • Lay approx. 200 white eggs per year

Showgirl / Naked Neck Silkie

  • A silkie with a naked neck!
  • A small and calm bird with a very gentle temperament
  • Make fantastic back garden pets

Seramas

  • The worlds smallest (and cutest) chicken, they are a cross breed of Japanese and Malaysian Bantams
  • Come in a variety of markings and unusual frizzle feathers
  • They are very tame and easy to keep
  • One of a Serama’s eggs will equal one large egg

Everything you need to keep your birds safe & healthy

To house your birds and keep them safe, we have a great selection of coops, both wooden and plastic, suitable for differing numbers of birds. We also stock feed, health supplements and all necessary accessories.

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See why our customers love the Poultry Centre

Animals seem well looked after, a lovely lady spent the time talking to me and answering my questions about the ducks.Sadly I didn't get her name but 10 out of 10 for customer service.Will be back to purchase some ducks once my garden is finished.
Jason H
Jason H
15:47 30 Apr 22
Go brighten up your green space
Neil underwood
Neil underwood
16:43 27 Apr 22
Love this placeHas all your Chicken and Poultry needsGood selection of quality birdsAlways get our food for our Chickens and Quails from herePrices are reasonable
Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson
13:46 13 Feb 22
Eggcellent range of hens. They have some older birds going cheap at the back so you don't have to shell out as much.
owen reed
owen reed
14:40 01 Feb 22
The best place for all your poultry needs and seriously nice people too!
Jamie Trembath
Jamie Trembath
09:19 27 Nov 21
James was so helpful and knowledgeable. Picked four Pekin Bantams… couldn’t be happier
Miranda Smythe
Miranda Smythe
09:32 17 Oct 21
They're always happy to help and offer advice or guidance. Usually have a good range of stock alongside all the start-up equipment needed to help you on your poultry journey...
Emma Neville
Emma Neville
08:33 29 Aug 21
Great selection of goods and staff are friendly
Jonathan Deether
Jonathan Deether
12:30 27 May 21
The whole place has been remodelled. Its very user friendly now. Very spacious to be able yo socially distance. A large variety of birds and stock for them. Great garden centre.
Rachy Watts
Rachy Watts
10:28 17 May 21
The team at the poultry centre are fantastic, the birds are kept in excellent conditions and well cared for by the staff.They are very informative when you need help or advice, 5* service. Beautiful garden centre too
Furry and Feathers
Furry and Feathers
13:57 20 Apr 21
As usual fantastic customer service and animal care thankyou for my new girls laying already
Jenny Kirkwood
Jenny Kirkwood
12:52 16 Mar 21
Friendly and great for advice if needed!
Aimee Armstrong
Aimee Armstrong
11:58 08 Sep 20
Good place for poultry shopping
Niaz Chowdhury
Niaz Chowdhury
18:15 17 Feb 20
Fantastic knowledgeable assistance, nothing seems to be too much trouble very friendly, the hens we bought seems to be very healthy and happy hens.
Steve Dransfield
Steve Dransfield
16:27 03 Oct 19
loved it
Christine Garland
Christine Garland
15:08 29 Sep 19
Excellent place to visit if you keep poultry, range of food and birds is very good
Stuart Coull
Stuart Coull
08:50 15 Sep 19
Good place for buying poultry
Owen de'ath
Owen de'ath
18:44 13 Sep 19
Lots of lovely chickens and ducks to choose from. They also have quail and Guinea fowl. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff throughout.
Mandy Taylor
Mandy Taylor
19:38 05 Jul 19
Very knowledgeable and friendly. Happy to offer advise and help.
Gavin Damon
Gavin Damon
23:21 15 Jan 19
Knowegable staff and a huge selection to choose from!
Lisa Damon
Lisa Damon
08:37 23 Dec 18
We had great fun choosing our new hens, really helpful team and great advice, thanks to John and Maisie! 🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔
Sharon Law
Sharon Law
09:33 24 Nov 18
Wonderful garden and poultry centre. We recently went here to buy two ducks and two chickens. The staff member we spoke to was incredibly knowledgeable and seemed very passionate about his job. It was a great experience and will be going back again soon to say "hi" and buy some more poultry feed. The cafe is lovely and we enjoy eating there, though the wait time can be a little uncomfortable for the kids if you go at a busy period.
Lynne Davies
Lynne Davies
19:26 05 Oct 18
Good for chicken keeping
Duncan Harrison
Duncan Harrison
10:57 21 Sep 18
Amazing place
richard elsworth
richard elsworth
08:59 11 Sep 18
We went to have a look around after moving to the area. 6 months later we have over 30 chickens and ducks. Staff are brilliant and friendly.
Craig Smith
Craig Smith
13:46 01 Sep 18
My wife and I went there knowing nothing and left with four beautiful chickens and the kit and knowledge that we needed to keep chickens.We can't praise this establishment enough. BRILLIANT.
Steven Parker-Routh
Steven Parker-Routh
19:49 26 Jul 18
Amazingly helpful staff who are very k knowledgeable
Gordon n Tasha Allan
Gordon n Tasha Allan
12:59 23 Jun 18
Great place, great people running it.
Simone (Mourtisher)
Simone (Mourtisher)
13:51 27 May 18
Very good place to visit
Martin Hallam
Martin Hallam
11:30 26 May 18
Have brought all our chickens from them. Friendly helpful staff
Andy Sammons
Andy Sammons
21:08 18 May 18

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