Poultry Club of Great Britain

National Championship Show


Held at the Telford International Centre

Judge – Arlene Morrison

Steward – Martin Anderson


Male 1st E. Hancock

Female 1st D. Melland 2nd C. Taylor 3rd D. Melland 4th E. Hancock

Cockerel 1st C. Taylor (Best Derbyshire Redcap) 2nd E. Hancock 3rd C. Taylor 4th D. Melland

Pullet 1st E. Hancock 2nd C. Taylor 3rd D. Melland 4th D. Melland

Bantam Male/Female 1st C. Taylor (Best opposite size) 2nd D. Melland 3rd E. Hancock 4th D. Melland




Federation Championship Show


Held at The County Showground,


Judge – Dan Melland


Cock 1st E. Hancock

Hen 1st B. Wager 2nd A. Morrison

Cockerel 1st B. Wager (Best Derbyshire Redcap)

Bantam Cock 1st E. Hancock

Bantam Hen 1st E. Hancock




Selston Poultry Fanciers Show

January 2019


Large Male/Female 1st E. Hancock (Best Derbyshire Redcap) 2nd A. Morrison 3rd A. Morrison

Bantam Male/Female 1st E. Hancock 2nd D. Melland 3rd D. Melland




High Peak Poultry Club

The Derbyshire Championship Poultry Show 2019

Held at Bakewell Agricultural Centre

Judge – Harold Oven

Steward – Naomi Verdicchio

February 2019

(Redcap Club Show)


Cock 1st B. Wager 2nd A. Morrison 3rd F. Parker

Hen 1st E. Hancock (Best of Opposite Size) 2nd C. Taylor 3rd D. Melland

Cockerel 1st C. Taylor 2nd B. Wager 3rd E. Hancock

Pullet 1st B. Wager 2nd E. Hancock 3rd C. Taylor

Bantam Male 1st F. Parker (Best Derbyshire Redcap/Best Bantam) 2nd E. Hancock 3rd D. Melland

Bantam Female 1st C. Taylor 2nd D. Melland 3rd D. Melland

Junior Male/Female (large or bantam) 1st E. Hancock

3 Large Eggs 1st E. Hancock 2nd C. Taylor

1 Large Egg 1st E. Hancock

3 Bantam Eggs 1st D. Melland (Best Derbyshire Redcap Eggs) 2nd E. Hancock 3rd E. Hancock

1 Bantam Egg 1st E. Hancock




Derbyshire County Show:

The Showground, Elvaston Country Park, Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derby. DE72 3EP

23rd June 2019

Judge – Ewan Jones


Cock 1st C. F. Taylor (Best Derbyshire Redcap) 2nd D. Melland

Hen 1st C. F. Taylor 2nd D. Melland 3rd D. Melland




Manifold Show

10th August 2019

Judge – Peter Ward


Male/Female 1st B. Wager (Best Derbyshire Redcap) 2nd B. Wager 3rd B. Wager





Derbyshire County Show   - 2020  - held at The Showground, Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derby DE72 3EP


Redcap Club AGM  The George Hotel, Alport Lane, Youlgrave, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1UW –  15th October 2019 at 7.30pm


Poultry Club of Great Britain Show   - 30th November and 1st December 2019 - held at Telford International Centre, St Quentin Gate, Telford TF3 4JH


National Federation of Poultry Clubs Show  - 21st and 22nd December 2019 - held at The County Showground, Stafford, ST18 0BD


High Peak Poultry Club’s Derbyshire Championship Poultry Show (Club Show) - 1st  February 2020 – held at The Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire. DE45 1EH









Derbyshire Redcaps for Australia


Back in 2011-2012, we began the exercise of finding 61 different pure breeds of chicken, mostly Large Fowl, for eventual export of hatching eggs to Australia.

Amongst the breeds they wanted were Derbyshire Redcaps and, after much searching and testing of the original breeding stock for freedom from Salmonella, we eventually obtained hatching eggs from three UK breeders (A, B & C).

The eggs were taken into a bio-secure quarantine premises into which no visitors were allowed and which had filtered air to exclude any poultry diseases from outside. The premises were many miles from any other poultry.

The eggs were set, together with 2,300 other breed eggs (one of 2.5 settings of this number) in a Bristol incubator.

At transfer to the hatching trays at 19 days, the various breeds and strains within breeds were subdivided into pedigree hatching baskets for identification to breeder.

The chicks were vaccinated against Mareks Disease, wing banded for future identification and weighed.

The results for the Derbyshire Redcaps were:-


From these we eventually selected, as near breed standard as possible, 22 females and 10 males for breeding

All birds/breeds were maintained indoors for the duration, under artificial light, with day length adjusted according to when we required maximum egg production for the export in Spring 2013.

Birds were kept in groups, mass-mated, but stocked at a generous 3 birds/square metre on absorbent cardboard litter, which proved very successful. Nest boxes and perches were provided, together with hanging bulk feeders and bell drinkers.

After the initial Mareks Disease vaccine, no other vaccines were given.

The birds were fed commercial chick, grower and layer rations initially, then moved onto a commercial breeder ration.

Eggs were collected at intervals and incubated in the Bristol incubator for 7 days and fertility assessed by candling or breakout.

In 4 such tests, fertility varied between 88% and 96%, which we considered satisfactory.

Prior to export, the birds were subjected to blood tests for Avian Influenza, Newcastle Disease, Avian Rhinotracheitis, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, Salmonella pullorum and Salmonella arizonae. They were negative to all tests, showing the filtered air and biosecurity measures had protected them.

The premises had also been registered with Defra under the Poultry Health scheme and thus had passed Salmonella environment tests every 3 weeks and Mycoplasma gallisepticum blood tests every 12 weeks.

Finally, the hatching eggs were collected, disinfected and packed in sealed containers for air shipment to Australia, a 2-day trip.

On arrival, they were again disinfected and then incubated in a Petersime incubator in the Torres Island Quarantine premises.

The Derbyshire Redcap eggs hatched at 74% of eggs set and yielded 70% first quality chick.

Because of an unfortunate breakdown in the quarantine system, the Redcaps, together with 4,500 other 10 week old chicks were destroyed, so the whole exercise had been an expensive and upsetting experience.

Luckily, the Australians formed a second, separate group, who wanted to carry on the project.

So, this year, in Spring 2014, a second, smaller, consignment of eggs, from fewer breeds, but still containing Derbyshire Redcaps, went to Spotswood Quarantine station.

Here the Redcap eggs were successfully hatched out at 74% of eggs set and have now been happily released from quarantine to start a new life and new line in Oz.

Many Thanks and well done UK Redcap breeders.


2300 eggs from various breeds in the setter ready for incubation



Derbyshire Redcap chicks in the hatch tray, next to Jersey Giants chicks.

Different coloured chicks were hatched next to each other to avoid any confusion by any hopping over before wing tagging


Acknowledgement for article: Dr. David Spackman - copyright 2014




(Last updated 03 October 2019)