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Norfolk grey chicken

Gallus gallus domestic Norfolk grey

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

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

Animal class


Conservation status

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




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


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