Scots Dumpy Chicken


Scots Dumpy, also known as Bakies, Crawlers and Creepies have been bred in Scotland for over a century. Similar breeds can be traced back to AD900 and it is said that the Picts used to carry them into their battle camps where they used to warn of approaching strangers. They have a very heavy body and waddle as they walk due to their very short legs. They are large, low birds with long broad bodies, a deep breast and medium sized, neatly tucked wings. The tail is long and flowing and they have a fine head. The beak is curved, the eyes are large and bright and they have a medium single comb which is upright and serrated. The face is smooth and the earlobes are small while the wattles are medium sized. They have four toes and very short legs.


The Scots Dumpy is a wonderful sitter and is an ideal mother. They are quiet, placid birds and are well suited to cold climates. They need nice easy ground to live on as their legs are so short. They like to be able to free range but care with diet needs to be taken as they do get fat easily. Chicks need special drinking and feeding care as they are not able to cope with high feeders and drinkers. They should also be kept off wet grass as they chill easily. The adults can reach 7lb and are good meaty birds.


There is no definitive colouring for the Scots Dumpy. It can be seen in black, cuckoo, white, brown, silver and gold. The cuckoo colouration is light grey with dark grey bands. In all varieties, the eyes are red and the comb, face, wattles and earlobes are all bright red. The beak, legs and feet are white except for the black variety which have slate grey or black legs. The cuckoo has mottled legs and feet.

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