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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.

This page shows the variety of birds we normally have in stock, however, if you are making a special journey to us for a particularly breed, we recommend you call us first to avoid disappointment.

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Welsummer Bantam

  • Named after the village of Welsum in Holland
  • Bred from the partridge Cochin, partridge Wyandotte, partridge Leghorn, Barnevelder and Rhode Island Red
  • Calm and docile making great back yard birds
  • Good layers of a dark brown spotty egg. These are bantam hens, so don’t expect a big egg!
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Welbar

Bantam

  • A light, rare British breed of bird bred in the 1940s
  • Alert and active, friendly and chatty
  • Autosexing – sex can be determined at a day old
  • Will lay 160-200 terracotta to chocolate coloured eggs a year
Pekins Bantams

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 hen Poultry Centre Towcester

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
Laced Wyandotte Poultry Centre Towcester

Laced Wyandotte Bantam

  • American dual purpose bird
  • Stunning markings
  • Gentle, docile and friendly characters
  • Adapt well to any situation, free range or in a coop
  • Will lay around 200 good sized eggs per year (which you can incubate for breeding)
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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
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Blondie

Bantam

  • Bantam version of the standard Golden Speckled hen
  • Hardy and friendly birds, quiet temperament
  • Ideal for first time keepers and generally fine with children
  • Excellent egg layers
Rumpless Araucana Poultry Centre Towcester

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 Bantams

  • 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 Bantam

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 Poultry Centre Towcester

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 Poultry Centre Towcester

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 Poultry Centre Towcester

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

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

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
GnT Lovell
GnT Lovell
12:59 23 Jun 18
Great place, great people running it.
Simone
Simone
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
Really knowledgeable staff and very friendly
Olaf Nixon
Olaf Nixon
08:40 19 Mar 17
Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
Minty Maynard
Minty Maynard
13:15 22 Dec 15

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