Tasmanian Rare Breeds Poultry Club Inc.

The official list of Rare Breed Poultry in Tasmania

Within this list chicken breeds are divided into two types. Hard feather and Soft feather. This definition speaks for itself, with hard feather being game birds that are more durable and able to withstand harsher conditions, having a hard feather and very little fluff. The soft feather birds sometimes have lots of fluff and don’t dry out as readily, and are generally more susceptible to cold wet conditions. We then split the breeds into a rare breed and a rare variety. We do this to keep the rarer colours (found in the more common breeds) in existence. Hence you may find a common breed, such as a Wyandotte listed as rare for no other reason than it has very unusual colours.

We then divide the poultry again by listing them as large or bantam size.

Categories further exist for waterfowl and turkey.

Soft Feather Large:

Rare Breeds:

Andalusian

Araucana

Barnevelder

Brahma

Campine

Cochin

Croad Langshan

Dorking

Faverolles

Frizzle

Hamburgh

Houdan

Legbar

Maran

Minorca

Orpington

Naked Neck

New Hampshire

Phoenix

Polish

Spanish

Welsummer

Yokohama

Rare Varieties:

Ancona – Red and rosecomb

Australian Langshan – Blue and white

Australorp – Blue and white.

Leghorn – All colours except white.

Plymouth Rock – All colours but dark barred.

Rhode Island – White and rosecomb

Silkie – All colours and varieties except non-bearded white.

Sussex – All colours except light.

Wyandotte – All colours except white and silver laced.

Hard Feather Large:

Rare Breeds:

Australian Game

Australian Pit Game

Jungle Fowl

Malay Game

Modern Game

Thai Game

Shamo

Aseel (Asil)

Rare Varieties:

Indian Game – All colours except dark.

Old English Game – All colours and varieties except Black Red D/L, Blue Red D/L and Pile D/L.

Soft Feather Bantam:

Rare Breeds:

Ancona

Andalusian

Araucana

Barnevelder

Belgian Barbu d’Anvers

Belgian Barbu d’Uccle

Belgian Barbu d’Watermael

Brahma

Dorking

Faverolle

Frizzle

Hamburgh

Minorca

Maran

Japanese

Naked Neck

Orpington

Plymouth Rock

Polish

Rosecomb

Sebright

Spanish

Rare Varieties:

Australian Langshan – Blue and white.

Australorp – Any colour but black.

Leghorn – All colours except white.

Pekin – All colours except white and black.

Rhode Island – White and rosecomb.

Sussex – All colours except light.

Wyandotte – All colours except white, columbian and partridge.

Hard Feather Bantam:

Rare Breeds:

Australian Game

Australian Pit Game

Malay Game

Aseel (Asil)

Rare Varieties:

Indian Game – All colours except dark.

Modern Game – All colours except black red and pile.

Old English Game – All colours and varieties except black red, duckwing D/L, pile, blue red, blacktail wheaten, blue tail wheaten and spangle L/L.

Waterfowl – Ducks:

Rare Breeds:

Large:

Abacot Ranger

Aylesbury

Blue Swedish

Campbell

Cayuga

Crested

Elizabeth

Rouen Clair

Saxony

Silver Appleyard

Welsh Harlequin

Bantam:

Black East Indian

Australian Call

Mallard

Silver Appleyard Bantam

Rare Variety:

Indian Runner – All colours except white.

Muscovy – All colours except white.

Waterfowl – Geese:

Rare Breeds:

Chinese

Emden

Australian Settlers (formerly Pilgrim Geese)

Sebastopol

Toulouse

Other Fowls:

Rare Breeds:

Guinea Fowl (All colours)

Turkey (All colours)