SCOTS DUMPY - Satchell Flock of Cuckoo & Black, rare breed chickens.
Scots Dumpys are one of the traditional fowl of Scotland and are now one of the rarest breeds in the UK. It seems that the birds outside of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are descended from a couple of birds hatched out of a Dorking hen in the 1970's when the breed was supposedly extinct. It is said that the some breeding stock came from eggs imported from flocks out in Zimbabwe.

The breed is possibly one of the most ancient in the United Kingdom - with reports going back before Roman times - the Picts are meant to have carried them to battle camps where they were used to warn of approaching strangers. Tradition has it that they were brought to Scotland by the Phoenician traders [333.B.C.]. From piecing together some of the German history it seems possible that the Viking traders; raiders and residents of the Hebrides may have taken them back to Northern Europe during their many many years of interaction. OR it may be the other way around - Similar birds with dumpy characteristics are known about dating back to AD900 - in Saxon Times. Certainly in more modern times they have been known to be bred - a Mr Cluny MacPherson wrote in the Feathered World of 1919 that he had kept them for forty years - his mother for forty before that and she had got hers from her mother. The first Dumpy shown was in 1852 in London. There are a number of names that have been used to describe the breed : Creepies ; Bakies; Daidies and Hoodies.

The most distinctive feature of the Scots Dumpy is its shape. The type of bird that is aimed for is as follows:
The body should be massive - boat shaped with a long back and a low, heavy appearance; eyes and ear lobes red, beak, legs and feet : Black or slate in blacks : Mottled in cuckoos : otherwise white. Their gait should be a waddle from side to side - like "sailing across the ground".

It is a four toed breed and has a single comb. A wide variety of colours have been known in Dumpy's for a long time; these days cuckoo and black are the most common but white; red/orange; buff and other sports are accepted by most.

Eggs are commonly white although other colours have been reported. Once upon a time they were good layers laying up to 180 eggs a year.

Their short legs should be no longer than 1.5 inches long - and generally these are thicker than the long legged. More commonly these days there is a lee way up to 2 inches long. Long legs should not be encouraged. They have a lethal gene related to the short leggedness (the Creeper gene) which when short legged are bred to shortlegged the embryos carrying the lethal factor will die between the fourth and the fifth day after incubation started, this accounts for around 25% of chicks.